Manufacturing Selection Guide

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Multi Jet Fusion or MJF 3D printing technology is perfect for those times when you are looking for lower porosity, short lead times and unsurpassed surface quality. If you are manufacturing complex end-use parts and have decided to produce it in a low volume, then MJF can be the best option for you. Basically, this technology is a mélange of binder jetting and SLS. A fine-grained PA 12 material would be appropriate for use in this printing technology. This will allow the formation of ultra-thin layers that have a thickness of 80 microns. This makes the process a very cost-effective one and also the perfect alternative to injection molding.


SLA or Stereolithography is the second most widely used 3D printing technologies and it belongs to the Vat Photopolymerization family. In this process, an ultraviolet beam of light is used to cure a polymer resin layer by layer. This process is also popular because it was the first 3D printing technology to be used in the world. If you are looking for a cost-effective method to get your 3D printing done in the most accurate manner, then SLA would be the best method for you. The liquid form of the photosensitive thermoset polymers are the most commonly used materials for this process.


Using a powder bed fusing process, an SLS or Selective Laser Sintering uses regular forms of thermoplastic polymers as the commonly used materials. The particles present in the polymer powder are sintered in this process and then they are fused together to build it up one layer after another. Offering a very high level of freedom with the design, SLS is often used for small production runs. With this type of printing technology, the mechanical properties of the design can be consistently maintained. The bond strength between the different layers in this type of process is excellent. The powder in this process acts as a self-supportive material.


Being a laser-based technology, metal 3D printing used powdered metals as its material. The mechanical properties of the metal play a big role in this type of technology. From cooling channels to tooling inserts, a variety of products can be made with the help of this technology. This procedure again has two types – SLM or Selective Laser Melting and DMLS or Direct Metal Laser Sintering. The parts that are manufactured with the help of these processes are much more durable and also have a higher level of flexibility. Some of the applications of metal 3D printing include fully functional prototypes, ductwork and rigid housings.

FDM – Discontinued

FDM or Fused Deposition Modeling is one of the types of 3D printing technologies that is very simple to use and can help you manufacture dimensionally stable parts that are durable too. In this process, there is a pre-determined path in which the melted material is deposited selectively layer by layer. The most common materials that are used in this type of technology are thermoplastic polymers. This type of 3D printing technology is also one of the most widely used ones. One of the major benefits of implementing FDM in your manufacturing process is that the several complex cavities which would have been otherwise very difficult to produce can be done within the blink of an eye with this process.