At Xometry, we’ve tested the impact resistance of 3D printed parts in a few processes in the past, but now we're diving deeper and exploring more polymers and infill options.
We offer dozens of 3D printed polymers that you can instantly price online at Xometry.com. They all have their strengths and ideal applications, but polymers in general are known for their durability.
So, how do we test that durability? High velocity impact, of course! And sometimes the best way to do that….is by throwing stuff at a wall. To honor the start of the spring sports season, what better method than a Maryland favorite: lacrosse.
So grab your safety glasses and see what happens when we put balls-to-the-wall!
These are the materials we tested and what we suspected would happen:
|Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)|
Nylon 12, dyed green
Nylon 12, glass-filled
|Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)|
Nylon 12, solid
Ultem 9085, solid
Dent or break
Shore A 50 rubber-like
Chip or shatter
More engineering challenges: