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HP® Multi Jet Fusion

A high resolution, production grade technology
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SLA

Ideal for functionally accurate & optically clear parts
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polyjet

Ideal for visual models or functional prototypes
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Electrical Discharge Machining

SLS

Ideal for functional testing, low to mid volumes
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FDM fused deposition modeling 3d printing process

FDM

Low cost process for early stage prototypes
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3D Printing Materials

ABS

ABS is a plastic material that's great for mechanical strength and early stage rough prototypes. ABS is a cost-effective material for initial prototyping applications, and with post-processing options it can offer better surface finish than PLA.

Colors: Black, white, neutral
Resolution: 0.25mm
Cost: $$
Process: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

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ABS Material
ABS-like

ABS-like is our closest representation of injection molded ABS in a 3D printed material. It has the same high resolution appearance as VeroWhite, but the material is much stronger and more durable.

Color: Off-white
Resolution: 0.016mm
Cost: $$$$
Process: PolyJet

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Accura 25

Accura 25 is a durable and flexible SLA 3D printing material. It’s ideal for snap-fit part designs, as a master pattern for urethane casting, and conceptual modeling. Accura 25 can be used for functional prototyping or end-use parts and has excellent resolution, dimensional accuracy, and can be primed and painted after printing.

Colors: White
Resolution: 0.1mm
Cost: $$$
Process: Stereolithography (SLA)

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Accura ClearVue

Accura ClearVue is a translucent material with a good balance of aesthetic and physical properties. Accura ClearVue with Clear Coat can achieve the highest level of transparency out of our material offerings. It’s the most suitable for high clarity applications, like optics, packaging, and visualization models or assemblies.

Colors: Clear (colorless)
Resolution: 0.1mm
Cost: $$$
Process: Stereolithography (SLA)

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Accura Clearvue SLA 3d printing material
Nylon (SLS)

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) Nylon is a synthetic 3D printed polymer material that’s strong, durable and also has some flex to it. As a result, Nylon is a great material choice for snap fits, brackets, clips, and spring features. SLS Nylon is most cost effective in lower quantities compared with MJF Nylon.

Colors: White, black
Resolution: 0.1mm
Cost: $$$
Process: Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)

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PA 12

PA 12 has excellent flexural strength and heat deflection properties and is a great choice for both end-use production parts and functional prototypes. PA 12 is also available with 40% glass bead fill for a higher degree of stiffness and dimensional stability.

Colors: Grey, black
Resolution: 0.08mm
Cost: $$$
Process: HP® Multi Jet Fusion

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PETG

PETG (Polyethylene terephthalate glycol) is a useful 3D printing material for mechanical early-stage prototypes. It’s a great option that merges the cost-effectiveness of PLA and functionality of ABS. Although not ideal for aesthetics, this material is known for its impact resistance, warpage resistance, low shrinkage rate and high head deflection temperature.

Colors: Black, white, neutral
Resolution: 0.2mm
Cost: $$
Process: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

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PLA Material
PLA

PLA is a great 3D printing material for early stage prototyping on simple geometry parts, made out of biodegradable corn starch. Because this material is relatively cheap, you can cost effectively 3D print multiple iterations of an early stage part design.

Colors: Neutral, white, black, blue, red, orange, green, pink, aqua
Resolution: 0.2mm
Cost: $
Process: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

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PLA Material
Rubber-like

Rubber-like is one of the unique printing capabilities of PolyJet machines because of the PhotoPolymer resin used in this style of printing. The prints will give you full flexibility of parts and allow you to simulate rubbers between Shore 27A and Shore 90A.

Color: Black
Resolution: 0.16mm
Cost: $$$$
Process: PolyJet

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Rubber-like Material
Vero

Vero is a high resolution 3D printing material that's excellent for checking your prototype's fit and accuracy. With its 16 micron resolution, this material works great for visual models, especially if they require painting.

Color: White, Black
Resolution: 0.016 mm (White), 0.03 mm (Black)
Cost: $$$
Process: PolyJet

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Vero Material
VeroClear

VeroClear is a quick-turn translucent material, fabricated using PolyJet 3D printing technology. It works great to replicate clear parts or create light pipes which need to diffuse light over a distance.

Color: Clear
Resolution: 0.016 mm
Cost: $$$
Process: PolyJet

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Custom 3D Printing Applications

FROM PROTOTYPE TO PRODUCTION

Rapid Form Factor Prototypes
Iterate quickly on early stage designs with 3D printed parts delivered as fast as 24 hours.
  • Technologies: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
  • Materials: PLA, ABS
  • Production time: As fast as 1 day
High Resolution Functional Prototypes
Get high quality precision prototypes to test functional builds.
  • Technologies: PolyJet, Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Stereolithography (SLA)
  • Materials: ABS-like, Nylon 12, Rubber-like, VeroWhite, VeroBlack, VeroClear, Accura 25, Accura ClearVue
  • Production time: 1-3 days
Low Volume Production Parts
Get your product to market faster with production-quality custom parts manufactured on demand, no expensive tooling required.
  • Technologies: HP® Multi Jet Fusion (MJF)
  • Materials: PA 12, PA 12 Glass Beads
  • Production time: As fast as 3 days

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Inspection reports included with every order
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Technology overview: What is 3D Printing?

About the 3D Printing Process

3D Printing, or additive manufacturing, is a process that utilizes a CAD file (typically an STL) to produce a 3-dimensional part. Objects are produced layer by layer using a variety of different materials and layer adhesion technologies.

Types of 3D Printing

3D printing has evolved significantly over the decades and over time many different technologies have been developed:

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is a common process for early stage prototypes. Machines range from hobbiest-grade to professional grade.

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) uses high-powered lasers to sinter powdered material, binding it together to create a solid structure. This process is ideal for functional testing, in the low to mid volumes (10s to 100s of units).

Stereolithography (SLA) is known for achieving highly detailed and functionally accurate parts. The technology utilizes a mirror that is programmed to direct an ultraviolet laser to draw and cure a part's cross-section onto a vat of photopolymer resin.

HP® Multi Jet Fusion is a production-grade technology that spreads out a fine layer of powder, deposits a fluid in the desired areas, and then fuses those areas.

PolyJet is a 3D printing technology similar to inkjet document printing, but instead of jetting drops of ink onto paper, PolyJet machines jet layers of liquid photopolymer onto a build tray and instantly cure them with UV light. This process is ideal for visual models and functional prototypes.

Other technologies include: Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), Digital Light Processing (DLP), Electronic Beam Melting (EBM), Laminated Object Manufacturing (LOM), and others.

Advantages of 3D Printing

Additive manufacturing can provide more flexibility in geometry compared to subtractive manufacturing methods (CNC). Thus, a higher level of complexity can be more easily achieved through 3D printing. Compared with injection molding, 3D printed parts do not require costly tooling, thus technologies like Multi Jet Fusion can be a great option for production parts at lower volumes.

3D Printing Design Considerations

While there are fewer limitations in terms of manufacturability for 3D printing when compared with CNC machining, there are still a few things to keep in mind. Wall thickness is one of the main design considerations to ensure your parts are structurally sound. You can read more about our wall thickness recommendations in this article. When you upload a CAD model to the Fictiv platform, you will receive manufacturability feedback that lets you know of any design risks.

3D Printing Resources

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How to Choose the Best Fasteners for 3D Printed Parts

There are a lot of different ways to implement threads into your 3D printed part. Here we cover the pros and cons of the most common methods as well as specific installation steps to help get you started.

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Recommended Wall Thickness for 3D Printing

One of the most important considerations when designing parts for 3D printing is the wall thickness. Here are some guidelines to ensure your 3D parts are structurally sound.

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