Pros and Cons of our 3D Printing Materials

Oct 23, 2023 | 3D printing | 0 comments

Nylon SLS PA 2200

Uses: Functional plastic parts, medical and consumer parts, with fine details

Pros: Durable, chemically resistant, precision in details

Cons: Slightly higher cost over other materials

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Uses: Footwear, tubing, sports gear, flexible parts

Pros: Flexible material, 86A hardness, UV light resistant

Cons: Not useful for projects that need sturdy parts

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MJF Nylon

Uses: Automotive, medical, and recreational parts

Pros: Versatile applications, popular material, watertight, minimal waste

Cons: Default dark grey, cannot be dyed to some colors

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Nylon SLS PA 12

Uses: Best for prototypes

Pros: Recyclable material, comes at a good price

Cons: Parts can turn out with appearance defects, rough surface finishes, and overall lower quality thanks to the green recycling process

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SLM Aluminum 

Uses: Medical parts, creative structures, functional gears

Pros: Excellent strength-to-weight properties, thermally conductive, great mechanical properties

Cons: Can require extra surface finishing processes

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SLA Stainless Steel

Uses: Great for automotive, aerospace, and industrial parts

Pros: High corrosion resistance, chemically resistant, strength properties

Cons: Longer production times, higher cost than nylon materials

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SLA Resin

Uses: Mechanical systems, functional prototypes, watertight parts

Pros: Superior strength, smooth surfaces, highly precise, extremely durable, and excellent strength-to-weight ratio

Cons: Can become brittle in UV light, limited color options, increased cost

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