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Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing, also referred to as 3D printing, refers to a variety of processes which can construct a part of nearly any geometry by depositing raw material one layer at a time. This makes Additive Manufacturing ideal for one-off parts, prototyping, and low-volume production. The huge variety of technologies we offer ensures that whatever the challenge, Fast Radius has a process to meet your needs.

L-PBF

Laser Powder Bed Fusion is similar to SLS but uses metal powders as the raw material. This places it in the eclectic category of additive manufacturing methods which can produce metallic products with tensile strength comparable to CNC machining. This is the process to choose if your project requires metal parts which geometries or economics prohibit CNC Manufacturing.
Benefits
  • Strength
  • Excellent mechanical properties
  • Good surface finish
  • High strain to failure compared to CNC machining
Challenges
  • Lower bending strength compared to CNC machined parts
  • Highest cost of listed methods
APPLICABLE MATERIALS:

Stainless Steel 17-4 PH, Stainless Steel 316L, Aluminum AlSi10Mg, Nickel Alloy 625, Nickel Alloy 718, Titanium Ti64, Cobalt Chrome CoCrMo

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), also known as Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF), is the most common type of additive manufacturing. FDM has short lead times, a relatively low cost per part, and can produce larger parts than many other additive polymer technologies. Thanks to a variety of material choices and finishing options, FDM is ideal for creating everything from quick prototypes to the final product. Our in-house FDM technologies include the Fortus 450mc and the Stratasys F900.

Producing parts with FDM

General process information
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Max. part size • 914 x 610 x 914 mm • 36.0 x 24.0 x 36.0 in
min. feature size 0.4 mm • 0.016 in
LEAD TIME • Get your parts in as little as three business days.
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Ultem 1010 PC-ISO ABS-ESD7 PPSF Nylon 12
Ultem 9085 PC-ABS ABS-M30i ST-130 Nylon 12 CF
PC-10 ASA ABS-M30 Nylon 6 Antero 800NA
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Painting Sanding Heat staked inserts Epoxy impregnation
Bead blasting Vapor smoothing Press-fit inserts
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Common FDM Applications

Thanks to a variety of material choices and finishing options, FDM is ideal for creating everything from quick prototypes to the final product. Regulatory requirements Aerospace, food-grade and automotive applications. FR-Capabilities-Icon-Libary-PartsWithRegulatoryRequirements Large parts Larger build size than other additive technologies. FR-Capabilities-Icon-Libary-LargeParts Jigs and fixtures Practical and reliable tooling. FR-Capabilities-Icon-Libary-JigsAndFixtures Prototypes Quick turnaround allows for rapid iteration. FR-Capabilities-Icon-Libary-Prototyping

FDM resources

Learn more about the FDM services we offer at the Fast Radius resource center. The difference between industrial-grade FFF and desktop 3D printers READ MORE Choosing the best rapid prototyping process READ MORE Five tips to help you design for additive manufacturing READ MORE VIEW ALL RESOURCES

Carbon Digital Light Synthesis (DLS)

Carbon DLS is a resin-based polymer process that uses light and heat to create parts with isotropic properties, complex geometries, and excellent surface finishes. DLS offers a wide range of production-grade materials, allowing engineers to build end-use parts right off the printer. Fast Radius’ Chicago factory is the largest public install-base of Carbon technology in North America.

Producing parts with Carbon DLS

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Max. part size • 189 x 118 x 326 mm • 7.4 x 4.6 x 12.8 in
min. feature size Material dependent, typically: • ~0.25 - 0.5 mm • ~0.01 - 0.02 in
LEAD TIME • Get your parts in as little as three business days.
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Elastomeric Polyurethane - EPU 40 and EPU 41 Multi-purpose Polyurethane - MPU 100 Silicone - SIL 30 Whip Mix
Rigid Polyurethane - RPU 70 and RPU 130 Epoxy - EPX 82 Cyanate Ester - CE 221 Urethane Methacrylate - UMA 90
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Painting Smoothing Press-fit inserts Hydrographics
Bead blasting Heat staked inserts Digital texturing Laser surface decorating/etching
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Common Carbon DLS Applications

DLS is often used for end-use parts because it produces high tolerances and smooth surface finishes. The speed of the DLS process makes it attractive for rapid prototyping as well. High-volume production runs Cost-effective and quick production of small parts. FR-Capabilities-Icon-Libary-HighVolumeProductionRuns Functional prototyping Durable prototypes suitable for testing in real-world conditions. FR-Capabilities-Icon-Libary-Prototyping Complex parts Process allows geometries that would be impossible with other methods. FR-Capabilities-Icon-Libary-ComplexParts Foam replacement Elastomeric lattice design enables custom mechanical responses. FR-Capabilities-Icon-Libary-FoamReplacement Chemical and heat resistant parts Materials that meet many functional and regulatory requirements. FR-Capabilities-Icon-Libary-ChemicalResistance

Carbon DLS resources

Learn more about the Carbon DLS services we offer at the Fast Radius resource center. 4 applications you should produce with additive manufacturing READ MORE Product design with compliant lattices: 6 key considerations READ MORE Beyond prototyping: Scaling up to additive manufacturing for production READ MORE VIEW ALL RESOURCES

HP Multi Jet Fusion (MJF)

HP MJF is a powder bed fusion process that creates strong parts with high dimensional accuracy. Because MJF doesn’t require support structures, the process allows more design freedom than many other additive processes. Fast Radius is a member of HP’s Digital Manufacturing Network, meaning our production facility meets HP’s highest standards for quality.  Our factory houses two HP Jet Fusion technologies: 4200 3D Printing Solutions, which are known for creating durable parts that meet many regulatory requirements; and the HP Jet Fusion 580, which uses the same technology to print parts in full color.

Producing parts with HP MJF

HP Jet Fusion 4200 General process information
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Max. part size • 375 x 375 x 280 mm • 14.8 x 14.8 x 11.0 in
min. feature size • 0.5 mm • 0.02 in
LEAD TIME • Get your parts in as little as four business days for Nylon PA 12 and five business days for 40% Glass Bead Filled Nylon PA 12.
HP Jet Fusion 580 Color General process information
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Max. part size • 332 x 190 x 248 mm • 13.1 x 7.5 x 9.8 in
min. feature size • 0.5 mm • 0.02 in
LEAD TIME • Get your parts in as little as four business days with a color file provided and as little as five business days without a color file provided.
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Nylon PA 12
40% Glass Bead Filled Nylon PA 12
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Painting Bead blasting Press-fit inserts Smoothing
Black dyeing Heat staked inserts Digital texturing Laser surface decorating/etching
HP Jet Fusion 580 Color Materials
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CB Nylon PA 12 - accepts all CMYK values
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Heat staked inserts Press-fit inserts Bead blasting
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Common HP MJF Applications

MJF parts have high tensile strength and sufficient resolution for many end-use applications. Complex assemblies Consolidate several parts into one. FR-Capabilities-Icon-Libary-ComplexAssemblies Functional prototyping Durable prototypes suitable for testing in real-world conditions. FR-Capabilities-Icon-Libary-Prototyping Chemical-resistant parts Resistance to oils, greases, aliphatic hydrocarbons, and alkalies. FR-Capabilities-Icon-Libary-ChemicalResistance Housings, fixtures, tooling, connectors Ideal for applications requiring high stiffness. FR-Capabilities-Icon-Libary-Housings

HP MJF resources

Learn more about the HP MJF services we offer at the Fast Radius resource center. What to expect during the additive manufacturing process READ MORE Rethinking part consolidation with additive manufacturing READ MORE 4 applications you should produce with additive manufacturing READ MORE VIEW ALL RESOURCES

Stereolithography (SLA)

SLA is a type of photopolymerization capable of producing parts with an excellent surface finish and small feature resolution. SLA parts have low tensile strength and low UV resistance, making it unsuitable for most high-performance applications.

Producing parts with SLA

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Accura 25 Accura 60 Somos® NeXT Somos® ProtoGen 1840
Accura Xtreme Accura ABS Black Somos® PerFORM Somos® WaterShed XC 11122
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Sanding Polishing
Metal coating Paint
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Common SLA Applications

SLA produces parts with small feature resolution and excellent surface finish, making it a good technology for applications where details are important. Master patterns High dimensional accuracy for precise patterns. FR-Capabilities-Icon-Libary-MasterPatterns Scale models Capable of producing intricate details with high-resolution. FR-Capabilities-Icon-Libary-ScaleModels Prototypes Excellent resolution, small feature size, and finish. FR-Capabilities-Icon-Libary-Prototyping

SLA advantages and challenges

ADVANTAGES
  • Intricate and accurate detailing
  • Specialty materials
  • No finishing necessary
CHALLENGES
  • Limited tensile strength
  • Requires temporary supports
  • Light sensitivity

SLA resources

Learn more about the SLA services we offer at the Fast Radius resource center. Choosing the best rapid prototyping process READ MORE Should I use CNC machining or 3D printing to create my master pattern? READ MORE Master-Pattern-Hero Quick reference guide to additive technology READ MORE generic-technology-size VIEW ALL RESOURCES

PolyJet

PolyJet 3D printing technology can produce detailed parts with complex geometry in a matter of hours, which makes it ideal for applications requiring speed and detail. PolyJet is often used for prototypes since it produces parts with high resolution but low strength.

Producing parts with PolyJet

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VeroWhitePlus Digital ABS RGD5160-DM VeroBlue
VeroGray VeroClear FullCure RGD720
RGD450 PolyJet Flex & Over-Mold PolyJet TangoPlus
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Glass bead blasting Paint UV resistant coating
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Common PolYJet Applications

Rapid prototyping Print and test design iterations quickly. FR-Capabilities-Icon-Libary-Prototyping Multimaterial parts Parts with different mechanical and aesthetic qualities. FR-Capabilities-Icon-Libary-MultimaterialParts Concept models Intricate details, high-resolution, and vibrant colors. FR-Capabilities-Icon-Libary-ConceptModels Color-coded parts Produce multiple colors in a single process. FR-Capabilities-Icon-Libary-Color-codedParts

PolyJet advantages and challenges

ADVANTAGES
  • Wide variety of materials
  • Complex geometries
  • Rapid production
  • Water soluble supports
CHALLENGES
  • Limited tensile strength
  • Limited build size
  • UV sensitivity
  • Relatively high cost

Polyjet resources

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Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)

SLS is a powder bed fusion technology that produces parts with high dimensional accuracy and isotropic mechanical properties while also allowing for considerable design freedom.

Producing parts with SLS

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Flex TPE Nylon 11 FR Nylon 12 PA Nylon 12 GF Nylon 12 GSL Nylon 12 AF
Nylon 11 EX Nylon 11 Nylon 12 FR Nylon 12 CF Nylon 12 HST
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Waterproof coating Media polishing
Painting Dyeing
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Common SLs Applications

SLS is capable of producing parts with fine detail and isotropic mechanical properties. SLS offers materials with high heat and chemical resistance, making it suited for harsh industrial environments. Chemical resistance Variety of chemical-resistant polymers available. FR-Capabilities-Icon-Libary-ChemicalResistance Rapid prototyping Print and test design iterations quickly. FR-Capabilities-Icon-Libary-Prototyping Ducts Complex interior features, high tensile strength, and heat resistance. FR-Capabilities-Icon-Libary-Ducts

SLs advantages and challenges

ADVANTAGES
  • No support structures needed
  • Internal no-access features
  • High dimensional accuracy
  • Isotropic mechanical properties
CHALLENGES
  • Rough texture
  • Porous structure
  • Relatively slow printing speed

SLS resources

Learn more about the SLS services we offer at the Fast Radius resource center. VIEW ALL RESOURCES

Below is a quick reference for comparing each of the additive manufacturing processes.

PROCESS PRICE STRENGTH SURFACE FINISH FUNCTIONAL TESTING
Carbon DLS Low High Excellent Production-ready
HP MJF Low Moderate-High Moderate-High Production-ready
FDM Low-Moderate Low Rough-Good Limited
SLA Moderate Low Excellent Limited
SLS Moderate Moderate Good Limited
POLYJET Moderate Low Excellent Unsuitable
DMLS High High Moderate-Excellent Production-ready

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