Capabilities

3D Printing Service

  • Instant Quotes & DFM Feedback
  • MJF, SLA, Polyjet, SLS, FDM Technologies
  • 3D Printed Parts as Fast as 24 Hours

Fictiv 3D Printing Advantages

Instant Quotes & 
Manufacturability Feedback

Simply upload your CAD model to get instant pricing and manufacturability feedback through our digital quote-to-order platform.

Fast Parts from Prototype 
to Production

Our Digital Manufacturing Ecosystem can scale with you, for custom 3D printed parts from prototype to production, with industry leading speeds at every stage.

Online Order Tracking 
& Management

Never worry where your parts are again. With Fictiv you can track production status, reorder parts,
 and manage your order history
 in one place.

3D Printing Processes

3D Printing Materials

ABS

ABS-Like

Accura 25

Accura ClearVue

Nylon

PA 12 Glass Beads

PETG

PLA

Rubber-Like

Vero

VeroClear

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.

Process:
FDM 3D printing
Colors:
Black, white, neutral
Resolution:
0.25 mm
Price:
$$
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3D Printing Case Study

"Fictiv gave us access to overseas
 MJF printing that allowed us to quickly 
 produce cost effective units and 
 produce fully functional units at a 
 volume that would traditionally have 
 been very difficult to manage."

Haley Harrington

Product Design Engineer, Mira Labs

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4-day overseas production

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Multi jet fusion 3D printing

Fictiv 3D Printing Advantages

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

Our Quality Promise

  • Inspection reports included with every order
  • 100% visual inspection for every part
  • Highly vetted 3D printing partners
  • Material certifications available
  • Quality guaranteed. If your parts aren’t made to spec, we’ll make it right.

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.

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