The Xometry app works best with JavaScript enabled!
Xometry Logo
CapabilitiesIndustriesResourcesSuppliesBecome a Partner
Sign In
Cookie Policy
Xometry stores cookies on your computer to provide more personalized services to you, both on this website and through other media. By using this website, you consent to the cookies we use and our Privacy Policy.
Blog3D Printing

3D Printed Lacrosse Balls: Will It Break or Bounce?

Each 3D Printing material has its own application, and many materials are known for their durability. We put 9 materials to the test to see whether they would break or bounce in this high-velocity impact lacrosse experiment!

By Team Xometry
SIMILAR STORIES
4.5 Ways to Protect Your Employees on the Shop Floor From COVID-19
September 17, 2020
 5 min read

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:
ProcessMaterialHypothesis
Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)Nylon 12, dyed green / Nylon 12, glass-filledNo break / Possible chipping
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)ABS-M30, solid / ABS-M30, ultralight / Polycarbonate, solid / Nylon 12, solid / Ultem 9085, solidNo break / Dent or break / Chip / No break / No break
PolyJetMulti-material rigid / Shore A 50 rubber-likeChip or shatter / Coarse tearing
Team Xometry
This article was written by various Xometry contributors. Xometry is a leading resource on manufacturing with CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, 3D printing, injection molding, urethane casting, and more.

Quick Links

  • Careers

  • Contact Us

  • Help Center

  • Legal

  • Our Story

  • Press

  • Xometry Go Green

Locations

  • 7940 Cessna Avenue
    Gaithersburg, MD 20879
    240-252-1138


  • 7315 Wisconsin Ave
    Suite 300 East
    Bethesda, MD 20814


  • 446 East High Street
    Lexington, KY 40507


  • 800 Winchester Rd
    Lexington, KY 40505


  • 11777 San Vicente Blvd
    Suite 747
    Los Angeles, CA 90049


  • 117 Wright Industrial Cove
    Jackson, TN 38301


  • Ada-Lovelace-Str. 9
    85521 Ottobrunn, Germany
    +49 32 22 109 8186

Xometry Go Green Initiative
1.0M+
LBS OF C02 OFFSET

Xometry
© 2020 Xometry, All Rights Reserved