Plastic 3D Printing

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Advantages of Plastic 3D Printing

Precision

We use the latest generation of 3D printing technologies to meet tolerances of +/- 0.005” or +/- 0.002” per inch for SLS and +/- 0.004" or +/- 0.002" per inch for FDM, whichever is greater. Please see our Manufacturing Standards for more details.

Durability

SLS nylon is a durable material with great impact strength, medium flexibility, and high resistance to environmental factors, while FDM printed parts are available in a variety of high-performance plastics for applications that require resistance to the elements.

Scalability

SLS can make a single part or component as easily as dozens of production pieces, while FDM is capable of producing end-use parts on-demand, increasing your throughput.

Complex Geometry

Geometries can be built more easily due to the 3D printing process, adding complexity without additional cost.

Rapid Turnaround

Parts can typically be shipped in 3-4 days, allowing for faster design iterations and speed to market.

Plastic 3D Printing Processes

Plastic 3D Printing Materials

Available rigid plastic varieties:

  • ABS
  • ABSi
  • ABS-ESD7
  • ABS-M30
  • ABS-M30i
  • Accura 48HTR
  • Accura 60
  • Accura ABS
  • Accura Bluestone
  • Accura ClearVue
  • Accura Xtreme
  • ASA
  • Nylon 12 (Unfilled)
  • Nylon 12 (Filled)
  • PC-ISO
  • Polycarbonate
  • PPSF
  • Rigid Photopolymer
  • Somos NeXt
  • Somos PerFORM
  • Somos Protogen 18420
  • Somos ProtoTherm 12120
  • Somos Taurus
  • Somos WaterClear Ultra 10122
  • Somos Watershed XC 11122
  • Ultem 1010
  • Ultem 9085

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Available flexible plastic varieties:

  • Accura 25
  • PC-ABS

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Available rubber-like plastic varieties:

  • Rubber-Like Photopolymer (Shore A 26-28)
  • Rubber-Like Photopolymer (Shore A 35-40)
  • Rubber-Like Photopolymer (Shore A 45-50)
  • Rubber-Like Photopolymer (Shore A 57-63)
  • Rubber-Like Photopolymer (Shore A 68-72)
  • Rubber-Like Photopolymer (Shore A 80-85)
  • Rubber-Like Photopolymer (Shore A 92-95)

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Plastic 3D Printing Finishes

Standard

SLS parts are de-powdered with a sand blasting process, followed by detailed manual de-powdering for more complex geometries. These parts are left with a surface finish comparable to a sugar cube. FDM parts are built with support material that is removed during post processing, leaving the surfaces with fine layer lines.

Media Tumbled

SLS parts go through the standard de-powdering process and are then media tumbled for several hours. These parts will have reduced grow lines and sharp edges may be softened by the tumbling process. The parts are left with an eggshell finish.

Additional Finishes

Xometry provides additional SLS, SLA, Multi Jet Fusion & FDM finishing options, including but not limited to: color dyeing, sanding, painting and plating to meet your needs. For examples of our additional finishes, please refer to our photo gallery.

Applications for Plastic 3D Printing

Concept Models

The speed and versatility of Plastic 3D Printing lets product developers create physical snapshots of their designs through the iterative process.

Rapid Prototyping

Plastic 3D Printing can be used to create fully-functional prototypes, complete with moving parts, as well as all-in-one assemblies.

Direct Digital Manufacturing

The high accuracy and consistency of Plastic 3D Printing makes it an ideal way to build large quantities of discrete or customized parts.

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