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Thermoplastics vs. Thermoset Plastics: Material Properties Overview

Thermoplastics and thermoset plastics are classes of polymers used in injection molding, CNC machining, 3D printing, and urethane casting. Like elastomers, another class of polymer, thermoplastics and thermosets both consist of long, repeating chains of molecules. Under a microscope, the structure of a thermoplastic resembles a railroad track while a thermoset material looks like a […]


How to Design for Stiffness Using Material Properties

Improving part stiffness is critical for load bearing applications, and can be accomplished through both design geometry and material properties. In this article, we’ll employ many of the same formulas we discussed in our previous article about leveraging geometric structures to improve stiffness. However, here we’ll focus on material selection, altering the properties of materials […]


Material Properties Faceoff: RepRap vs Commercial 3D Printers

We get a lot of questions about the performance of different 3D printed materials and technologies, specifically as it relates to parts printed on hobbyist vs commercial-grade machines. There are plenty of off-the-cuff ways of making such evaluations, but empirical data is certainly better. So we were pretty excited when we came across a recent academic […]


The Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing Materials and Applications

Whether you’re a seasoned design engineer or new to the field, understanding the critical importance of material selection in your projects is paramount. Incorrect choices can not only jeopardize the success of your project but also pose significant risks, including financial losses and safety concerns. In this guide, you will learn:


3D Printing Materials Overview

Fictiv offers a variety of 3D printing materials and can produce parts using Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), Multi Jet Fusion (MJF), and Carbon Digital Light Synthesis (DLS)  technologies. For each of these 3D printing processes, the table below lists the available materials and colors along with their average lead […]


What Is Die Casting? Overview, Materials, Process, & Application

Die casting is a manufacturing process in which molten metal, typically a non-ferrous alloy like aluminum or zinc, is injected into a mold or die to create precise and complex metal parts. It’s a method known for its efficiency in producing large quantities of parts with high precision. The figure below shows a magnesium die-cast […]