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Processes

With cutting edge 3D plastic and metal printing technologies, CNC machining and rapid injection molding capabilities, and external production capacity from select global providers, Fast Radius On-Demand Production Platform (TM – raised) delivers fast quotes, fast production and ensures reliable and superior quality. Fast Radius delivers virtually unlimited manufacturing capacity and capability for quick-turn part production, to customers from all industries. Our capabilities are growing so quickly so if you don’t see the manufacturing process or material that you are looking for, don’t hesitate to reach out to us

Production Priority

The only date that matters is the date you get your parts.  We are constantly working on how we can get higher quality parts to your doorstep faster and each process has its own challenges that affects the date that we can deliver.

Below is a quick reference of how quickly we can deliver on parts created through each manufacturing process. If you’d like something sooner, reach out to us at info@fastradius.com to see if we can help.

DMLS Stainless Steel 17-4 PH
Stainless Steel 316L
Aluminum AlSi10Mg
Cobalt Chrome CoCrMo
Inconel 625
Inconel 718
Titanium

1-2 days 3-4 days 5 days 6-7 days 8-10 days
FDM ABS-M30
PC
PC-ABS
PC-ISO
Ultem 1010
Ultem 9085
Nylon 12
ABSplus-P430
ABS-ESD7
ABSi
ABS-M30i
ASA
PPSF
SLA ProtoGen 18420
WaterClear Ultra 10122
WaterShed XC 11122
NeXt
SC 1000
SLS Nylon 12 AF
Nylon 12 PA
Nylon 12 GF
NyTek™ 1200 GFNyTek™ 1200 PA
NyTek™ 1200 FR
NyTek™ 1100
FR-106
PolyJet VeroWhitePlus
Digital ABS RGD5160-DM
VeroBlue
VeroGray
VeroClearFullCure FGD720
RGD450
PolyJet Flex & Over-Mold
PolyJet TangoPlus
CNC ABS Brass/260 (70/30)
Polycarbonate PVC White/Gray Copper/C101
Polycarbonate 20% GF PVC Clear Low Carbon Steel/CR 1018
Nylon 6/6 Ultem 1000 Magnesium/AZ31
30% GF Nylon Ultem 1000 20% GF Stainless Steel/304/304L
Delrin G-10 FR4 Stainless Steel/316/316L
HDPE Aluminum/6061-T651 Stainless Steel/17-4 PH
Polypropylene Aluminum / 7075-T651 Steel Alloy/4140
Cast Urethane AFP3100 AFS30
AFP3100FR AFS40
AFP3105FR AFS50
AFP3320 AFS60
AFP3400 E1005AL
AFP3600 E1015AL
PT8958 E1025AL
RC 79D E1030AL
U0080DC-L E1040AL
CompositeCast with AFP3100FR E1050AL
CompositeCast with PT8958 E1060AL
Foam-Flex V412 E1070AB
Foam-Flex V915 E1080AB
Foam-Flex V1232 E1090AB
Foam-Rigid V316 E1095AB
AFS15
Injection Molding Contact us at info@fastradius.com for more information on materials/offerings.


Additive Manufacturing, also referred to as 3D printing, refers to a variety of processes that 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 techniques available ensures that whatever the challenge, Fast Radius has a process to meet your needs.

FDM

FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) is a type additive manufacturing that uses a heated nozzle to melt and extrude plastic thermoplastics. While moving around, it extrudes a layer at a time until the final part is created. This method usually has short lead times and creates cost effective parts. Thanks to a variety of material choices and finishing options, FDM is ideal for creating anything from quick prototypes to final parts.

Benefits
Cost effective
Fast
Design freedom
Engineering Plastics
Challenges
Non-uniform strength
Porous

Material Tech Spec Sheets:

ABSplus-P430, ABS-M30, ABS-ESD7, ABSi, ABS-M30i, ASA, PC, PC-ABS, PC-ISO, PPSF, ULTEM 1010, ULTEM 9085, Nylon 12

See descriptions of all materials



SLA

SLA (Stereolithography) uses a laser to create parts in a pool of UV curable resin by selectively solidifying the desired layer on an inverted platform. The laser can be focused very finely, so this method can produce an exceptional surface finish, but at a lower strength than parts made with FDM. It should be considered during the design phase of any project utilizing SLA that any parts made with this process will be broken down by UV light over time. SLA is ideal for producing high-resolution parts with a limited lifetime and mechanical loads.

Benefits
Excellent resolution
Great surface finish
Challenges
Limited Strength
UV parts can degrade over time

Applicable Materials:

Somos® ProtoGen 18420, Somos® WaterClear Ultra 10122, Somos® WaterShed XC 11122, Somos® NeXt, SC 1000
See descriptions of all materials

 

SLS

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) operates by using a high-powered laser to sinter the surface of a powder bed in a two-dimensional pattern, then applying another layer of powder to build up the part in the vertical direction. It has the ability to be used with a wide variety of materials and can produce fairly good resolution and surface finish. Strength is better than SLA but slightly worse than traditional manufacturing methods. SLS is ideal for producing parts with a good surface finish that must still bear a mechanical load.

Benefits
Good surface finish
Uniform strength
Strong
Challenges
Porous
Low speed

Applicable Materials:

Nylon 12 AF, Nylon 12 PA, Nylon 13 GF, Flex TPE, NyTek™ 1200 GF, NyTek™ 1200 CF, NyTek™ 1200 PA, NyTek™ 1200 FR, NyTek™ 1100, FR-106
See descriptions of all materials

 

PolyJet

PolyJet is a process that sprays a layer of UV-curable resin onto a gel matrix, which is dissolved when manufacturing has been completed. This method can have an extremely low layer thickness, producing some of the best surface finishes available in 3D printing, but has lower strength than other processes. Unlike SLA, different regions of a part made with PolyJet can have varying colors or mechanical properties if the printer has the capability. Parts made with PolyJet are susceptible to the same degradation as SLA over their lifetimes; this makes PolyJet appropriate for making parts where the only requirement is the highest possible resolution, with strength and longevity secondary.

Benefits
Excellent surface finish
High resolution
Can print in multiple colors and materials
Challenges
Low strength
Parts have UV sensitivity

Applicable Materials:

VeroWhitePlus, Digital ABS RGD5160-DM, VeroBlue, VeroGray, VeroClear, FullCure RGD720, RGD450, PolyJet Flex & Over-Mold, PolyJet TangoPlus
See descriptions of all materials

 

DMLS

Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) is a variation on SLS that utilizes powdered metals as the raw material. This places it in the eclectic category of additive manufacturing methods that can produce metallic products with tensile strength comparable to CNC machining, however such machines are expensive to buy and run. Fairly good surface finishes can be achieved with this process. This is the process to choose if metal parts roughly comparable to machining are required and the economics or geometry prohibit CNC manufacturing.

Benefits
Strength
Excellent mechanical properties
Good surface finish
High strain to failure compared the 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, Inconel 625, Inconel 718, Titanium Ti64, Cobalt Chrome CoCrMo
See descriptions of all materials

 

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

Process Price Strength Surface Finish Functional Testing
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 Suitable


CNC (Computer Numeric Controlled) Machining covers a wide variety of processes using mills, drills, and other equipment to produce parts by subtractive methods. This technique is thus not as material efficient, but is nonetheless often cheaper due to its established status. CNC machining produces parts that are generally of higher quality than additive methods, as they can be made from solid pieces of raw material that has already been treated. Part geometry is not as flexible as additive methods, and the cost of producing a small number of parts can be higher than for additive methods. This means that CNC machining is ideal for medium to large runs of parts that can be made with subtractive methods.

Strengths
Excellent Mechanical Properties
Established technology
Wide variety of materials can be used
Challenges
Less material efficient
Limited part geometry
Higher initial cost

Applicable Materials:

ABS, Polycarbonate, Polycarbonate 20% GF, Nylon 6/6, 30% GF Nylon, Delrin, HDPE, Polypropylene, Clear Acrylic, PVC White/Gray, PVC Clear, Ultem 1000, Ultem 1000 20% GF, G-10 FR4, Aluminum / 6061-T651, Aluminum / 7075-T651, Brass / 260 (70/30), Copper / C101, Low Carbon Steel / CR 1018, Magnesium / AZ31, Stainless Steel / 304/304L, Stainless Steel / 316/316L, Stainless Steel / 17-4 PH, Steel Alloy / 4140
See descriptions of all materials

 


Similar to injection molding, urethane casting produces hard plastic parts using a two-part mold. When the two halves of the mold are combined, a void is created that the urethane is poured into until it cures. Unlike injection molding however, urethane casting uses soft mold materials, such as silicon rubber, and is more suited to small runs or one-off parts. The mold must still be manufactured by CNC Machining, Additive Manufacturing, or another process. When the mold can be made easily or exists already and the run is small, Urethane casting is ideal.

Benefits
Low cost for small production runs
Consistent mechanical properties
Fast production once mold is created
Capable of producing rubbery parts
Challenges
Requires a mold made with a different process
Higher cost for large runs compared to injection molding

Applicable Materials:

AFP3100, AFP3100FR, AFP3105FR, AFP3320, AFP3400, AFP3600, PT8958 RC 79D, U0080DC-L, CompositeCast with AFP3100FR, CompositeCast with PT8958, Foam-Flex V412, Foam-Flex V915, Foam-Flex V1232, Foam-Rigid V316, AFS15, AFS30, AFS40, AFS50, AFS60, E1005AL, E1015AL, E1025AL, E1030AL, E1040AL, E1050AL, E1060AL, E1070AB, E1080AB, E1090AB, E1095AB
See descriptions of all materials

 


Injection molded parts are made by forcing a molten thermoplastic through a small opening into a mold, creating a homogenous part in seconds, compared to the hours of additive methods. Due to the pressures and temperatures encountered, the mold must be made a strong material that does not melt easily, such as steel. This mold, usually made by CNC machining, represents a considerable initial cost and greatly limits the applications of injection molding for low volume runs or one-off parts. However, for high volume production in thermoplastic materials, it is one of the best techniques available.

Strengths
Good Mechanical Properties(for polymers)
Low per Part Cost
Excellent Production Speed
Challenges
High Startup Cost

 

ABS-M30

ABS-M30 is an advanced material that can be up to 70% stronger than normal ABS thermoplastics, while exhibiting superior layer bonding for more durable 3D-printed parts. This is the basic material used by Fast Radius for FDM 3D-printing, and is suitable for functional prototypes, low volume manufacturing, and one-off products.

PC

Polycarbonate is a strong, reliable material that can be up to 60 percent stronger than ABS, while providing exceptional printing accuracy. Polycarbonate is transparent to RF radiation, so it is the appropriate choice when signals need to pass through the part.

PC-ABS

Polycarbonate-ABS composites provide the best of both worlds for ABS and PC alike. With PC-ABS, you get the superior strength and durability of PC alongside the flexibility of ABS materials. This makes PC-ABS ideal for functional prototyping and one-off production in cases where neither ABS nor PC are sufficient alone.

ULTEM 1010

ULTEM 1010 is a high-tech material engineered for high strength and high temperature applications. With the ability to withstand temperatures over 400 °F and the highest tensile strength available in an FDM plastic, ULTEM 1010 is intended for high-end functional parts and prototypes. ULTEM 1010 is suitable for aerospace applications.

ABSplus-P430

ABSplus-P430 is a production polymer designed to produce industrial parts comparable to traditional manufacturing methods in an additive manufacturing system. It is ideal for prototyping, one-off parts, and low volume production runs of parts that require good mechanical properties and low cost.

ABS-ESD7

ABS-ESD7 is an ABS thermoplastic formulated for applications which require static electricity dissipation. To leverage this property, select this material for electronics packaging and containers which should not exhibit buildup of particulates. Jigs for electronics components are a popular example of such an application

ABSi

When transparency is a design constraint ABSi is the first choice for FDM manufacturing. ABSi is transparent in nature and has superior strength when compared to regular ABS. ABSi is an affordable, multiuse material for transparent applications.

ABS-M30i

When both transparency and increased strength are the needs at hand, ABS-M30i is the proper choice. With all the transparent flexibility of ABSi and the strength of ABS-M30, with (ISO 10993 USP Class VI biocompatability to boot, ABS-M30i is ideal for use in the food packaging and medical fields.

ASA

ASA is a next-generation building block for colorful parts in outdoor applications. With a wide variety of colors available and exceptional resistance to UV radiation, all on top of matching or exceeding the mechanical properties of ABS, ASA could very well be the new standard prototyping material.

PC-ISO

PC-ISO is an industrial form of Polycarbonate that is biocompatible, allowing it to be used for functional prototyping and one-off parts in the medical industry. Deriving its name from the ISO 10993 USP Class VI standard it meets, PC-ISO is also suitable for food and drug packaging, as well as any other product requiring its eponymous qualification.

PPSF

PPSF(polyphenylsulfone) is known for is high temperature resistance. Parts made with PPSF also exhibit the highest chemical resistance found in FDM products, with users being able to treat PPSF in a steam autoclave, with EtO (ethylene oxide), and with plasma if desired. This makes PPSF ideal for Aerospace, Automotive, and Medical applications.

ULTEM 9085

ULTEM 9085 is a high-performance thermoplastic optimized for its flame retardant characteristics and FST rating. UlTEM 9085 is appropriate for applications where open flame is a danger and toxic byproducts of combustion are intolerable. Combined with its high strength to weight ratio, this makes ULTEM 9085 ideal for all transportation industries: aerospace, ground, and marine.

Nylon 12

Nylon 12 is the first of a new line of nylon materials that complements existing FDM possibilities. When fatigue resistance is the critical variable, this is the material to start with, thought that is not to suggest that Nylon 12 falls short when it comes to mechanical properties. Components made of Nylon 12 offer unparalleled fatigue resistance and toughness, with all the freedom and convenience of FDM manufacturing.


Somos® ProtoGen 18420

A highly accurate material resistant to temperature and humidity, this is the material of choice for humidity and heat resistant parts with a white color, ideal for automotive and medical applications.

Somos® WaterClear Ultra 10122

A hard, temperature resistant material with optical values similar to engineering plastics, WaterClear is the appropriate choice for any application requiring transparency in addition to temperature resistance and high strength.

Somos® WaterShed XC 11122

A hard, temperature resistant material with optical values similar to engineering plastics, WaterShed is the appropriate choice for any application requiring transparency in addition to temperature resistance and high strain to failure.

Somos® NeXt

A hard, temperature resistant material with a opaque white color and a high toughness. NeXt is so resilient to shock, it can be used to manufacture products that would normally require thermoplastics. Lacrosse heads made of NeXt have been successfully used to catch and throw 5.25 ounce rubber balls at 90 mph in test games.

SC 1000

For products demanding the best performance per dollar, SC 1000 is the material to choose. With a natural yellow-green color, it is useful for quick prototypes and excels in investment casting applications.


Nylon 12 PA

Nylon 12 PA is a strong and versatile material with good chemical resistance, low moisture absorption, and high durability, suitable for producing low volumes of complex functional parts. It possesses a high strain to failure and relatively low elastic modulus, but produces a surface finish with a feature size under 10 microns, making it suitable for strong, tough parts that require the ability to withstand large deflections. It is a pure white material suitable for enclosures, snap-fit designs, complex ductwork, and other applications requiring high toughness, good surface finish, and complex shapes.

Nylon 12 AF

Nylon 12 AF is an aluminum-filled nylon material with a higher flexural modulus than Nylon 12 PA and a gray metallic color. It is suitable for applications requiring high stiffness, superior surface finish, or a metallic appearance where a higher density is less of an issue.

Nylon 12 GF

Nylon 12 GF is a glass-filled nylon material with a higher modulus than either Nylon 12 PA or AF. It possesses a light grey color and a density lower than Nylon 12 AF but higher than Nylon 12 PA, with a surface finish that exceeds both with a feature size of six micrometers. This material is suitable for applications that require high stiffness and strength, such as sporting goods.

Flex TPE

Flex TPE is a soft, 100% recyclable, white material useful for gaskets, footwear, and cushioning applications. With the ability to stretch over twice its length before failure but an exceedingly low elastic modulus, it is not intended for structural applications of any kind.

NyTek™ 1200 GF

NyTek 1200 GF is a glass-filled nylon material with a higher modulus than either NyTek 1200 PA or AF. It possesses a light grey color and a density lower than NyTek 1200 AF but higher than NyTek 1200 PA, with a surface finish that exceeds both with a feature size of six micrometers. This material is suitable for applications that require high stiffness and strength, such as sporting goods.

NyTek™ 1200 CF

A Nylon 12 material filled with carbon fibers, this is the material to choose when strength-to-weight ratio is the driving factor in material selection. With a dark black color, good thermal stability, exceptional strength and stiffness, and the best strength-to-weight ratio available from SLS manufacturing, this material is ideal. It is particularly suited to underhood components, wind tunnel models, and other projects that require stiff and strong products at high temperatures and low masses, along with a smooth surface finish.

NyTek™ 1200 PA

NyTek 1200 PA is a strong and versatile material with good chemical resistance, low moisture absorption, and high durability, suitable for producing low volumes of complex functional parts. It possesses a high strain to failure and relatively low elastic modulus, but produces a surface finish with a feature size under 10 microns, making it suitable for strong, tough parts that require the ability to withstand large deflections. It is a pure white material suitable for enclosures, snap-fit designs, complex ductwork, and other applications requiring high toughness, good surface finish, and complex shapes.

NyTek™ 1200 FR

NyTek 1200 FR is a flame-resistant variant of Nylon 12 capable of passing the 60-second vertical burn test and FAR 25.853. When a project calls for flame resistance, high toughness, and a surface finish measured in single micrometers, this material is ideal; underhood automotive and aerospace components are two possible applications.

NyTek™ 1100

NyTek 1100 is a cost effective Nylon 11 material well suited for production parts requiring high elongation, such as ducting. It has a white color and a surface finish down to a hundredth of an inch.

FR-106

FR-106 is a translucent fire-retardant material that passes the FAR 25.853 Smoke Density test. It gives exceptional elongation at break while maintaining the high strength of other Nylons, and is well suited to aerospace and underhood components, as well as other applications that require high performance combined with flame retardancy.


VeroWhitePlus

VeroWhitePlus is a strong and rigid material with a pure white color and an exceptional layer resolution. Strength is similar to SLA materials, but it also possesses a good elongation at failure. Highly accurate models, small parts with complex features, and medical devices are all examples of applications for this material, but any industry that requires layers measured in tens of microns will benefit from this material.

VeroBlue

VeroBlue is a strong and rigid material, identical to VeroWhite except in its color. VeroBlue is a pale blue in color.

VeroGray

VeroGray is a strong and rigid material, identical to VeroWhite except in its color. VeroGray is a light gray in color.

VeroClear

VeroClear is a strong and rigid material, identical to VeroWhite except in its lack of color. VeroClear is a transparent material suitable for clear covers and components that allow visibility in addition to the other uses of the Vero line.

Digital ABS RGD5160-DM

Digital ABS, also known as GreenFire, is a strong and tough material that compared to the Vero line sacrifices a small amount of strength for an exceptional elongation to break and an impact resistance three times that of other PolyJet materials, in addition to an opaque green color. It is suitable for models that possess both accuracy and durability and can be used in applications that ABS is suited for.

FullCure RGD720

Also known as Amber Clear, this is a high resolution prototyping plastic suitable for models that require fluid visualization, form and fit testing of clear parts, sunglasses, art projects, and other applications that require transparency and easy color dying.

RGD450

RGD450, also known as Rigur, is a simulated Polypropylene photopolymer with a strength comparable to other PolyJet materials but a low elastic modulus. It also possesses exceptional fatigue resistance. It is ideal for living hinges and flexible closures, reusable containers, household appliances, and automotive parts.

PolyJet Flex & Over-Mold

Not one material, but rather a range of Shore A elastomers that can be added to VeroWhitePlus to modify its physical properties. Depending on the selection, can be used to make materials similar to anything from human skin to skateboard wheels; the resulting products will be black in color.

PolyJet TangoPlus

A Shore A elastomer with a translucent, amber-like color and a range of hardness options. Good for simulated gaskets and O-rings, as well as over-molded handles, key pads, and button covers.


Stainless Steel 17-4 PH

As the most common member of the precipitation-hardened class of stainless steels, 17-4 PH is an established engineering material. A variety of heat treatment options are available to increase strength up to over 1400 MPa, and 17-4 PH possesses excellent welding and machining characteristics on top of corrosion resistance. This steel sees heavy use in the aerospace, transportation, petrochemical, and food industries among others, and can be used for structural components, containers, frames, and many other high strength applications.

Stainless Steel 316L

Note: 3rd party spec sheet, not necessarily accurate
Type 316L is another established structural metal, in this case an austenitic stainless steel with low carbon content to limit complications in welding. Despite this, care is still required when welding the end product. Tensile strength is approximately half of 17-4 PH, but elongation at break is substantially larger. Heat treatment does not strengthen 316L. 316L exhibits exceptional resistance to corrosion, especially from chlorides, and maintains its strength even at high temperatures; for structural applications at high temperatures or in the presence of chlorides, this is the material to choose.

Aluminum AlSi10Mg

Like most aluminum alloys, this is a lightweight material with a moderate strength but high strength-to-weight ratio. It is ideal for for applications in the aerospace and automotive industries, and also exhibits much easier machining than the steels, and can be built faster as well.

Inconel 625

Originally developed to withstand the extreme temperatures and pressure found in turbojet engines, Inconel alloys are the ideal solution to extraordinarily hostile conditions. The aerospace, automotive, and petrochemical industries all have innumerable uses for this superalloy. Specifically, this variant is optimized for superior weldability while maintaining the resistance to high temperature corrosion the Inconel family is known for.

Inconel 718

Originally developed to withstand the extreme temperatures and pressure found in turbojet engines, Inconel alloys are the ideal solution to extraordinarily hostile conditions. The aerospace, automotive, and petrochemical industries all have innumerable uses for this superalloy. Specifically, this variant is a strengthened version of the 625 variant, while maintaining its superior weldability and resistance to high temperature corrosion. However, it experiences a drop in elongation compared to its predecessor.

Titanium Ti64

With strength comparable to the strongest of the Inconel 718 series and just over half its density, Ti6AlV4 offers the best strength-to-weight ratio currently available in additive manufacturing. Additionally, this material offers exceptional corrosion resistance and biocompatibility. This combination of properties makes this alloy ideal for high performance structural requirements where weight is a primary concern, such as motor racing and the aerospace industry, as well as for biomedical implants.

Cobalt Chrome CoCrMo

CoCrMo is a high performance superalloy intended for dental applications which require a ceramic veneer. It has been optimized for DMLS manufacturing, and exhibits mechanical properties on par with SS 17-4 PH, but with a much lower elongation to failure. Between its high strength and its biocompatibility, this material is ideal for dental and biomedical applications that require ceramic interfaces.


ABS

A strong, tough, and cost-effective material, machined ABS is even stronger than the 3D printed version in addition to being more consistent in its properties. ABS is the second toughest nonmetallic material Fast Radius offers, more than four times tougher polycarbonate. ABS is suitable for mounts, cases, soap holders, gears, and a wide variety of other projects with moderate to high strength and toughness requirements.

Polycarbonate

Stronger than ABS, yet more brittle, Polycarbonate is the material of choice where shock loads are less likely than constant loads and more strength than ABS provides is needed. Polycarbonate is also transparent to RF radiation, so antenna covers, containers, and structural components are all examples of projects where Polycarbonate is the appropropriate choice.

Polycarbonate 20% GF

For projects that need to increase strength even further, glass polycarbonate composites are an option. At double the strength, three times the modulus, and a notably higher impact resistance, this is material is ideal for thin walled structures, structural components, and any other application where more strength and rigidity is needed.

Nylon 6/6

With a high surface hardness, high temperature tolerance, and better strength than Polycarbonate (but lower toughness), Nylon 6/6 is the next step in trading impact resistance for static strength. This is the material of choice when a high melting point plastic is required and scratch resistance is still desired, or when strength and stiffness are key. Ideal for use cases such as for thin cosmetic covers or underhood components.

30% GF Nylon

For increased strength and heat resistance, glass reinforced Nylon is also available. This is the weakest of the composites, but still stronger than any plastic besides the ULTEMs, and it is even more resistant to heat than pure nylon. This is the material of choice for underhood components and other applications that require the best strength possible while maintaining the temperature resistance of Nylon.

Delrin

Like all Acetals, Delrin exhibits good temperature resistance along with exceptional lubricity, surface hardness, and abrasion resistance. It also exhibits better stiffness than polycarbonate, making it ideal for high performance engineering components such as gears, joints, and fasteners and sees heavy use in the automotive industry.

HDPE

High Density Polyethylene has a limited strength, but a high elongation to failure and strength to weight ratio. It also possesses high chemical resistance, meaning it can be easily disinfected or used in contact with acids, and good toughness. Its low melting point and softness makes it easy to machine, weld, and cast, making it ideal for mass produced containers for both benign and highly acidic materials, as well as cutting boards, machined parts, and tank linings.

Polypropylene

Similar in many ways to HDPE, Polypropylene is used in similar applications. However, Polypropylene has a higher melting point, allowing it to be used in microwaveable containers and to withstand autoclaving conditions. It possesses high lubricity, but cannot be glued effectively because of this, so its relatively low melting point is leveraged to weld it instead. Combined with the strength to weight ratio, fatigue resistance, and chemical inertness it shares with HDPE it sees use in reclosable containers, ropes, piping, and clothing.

Clear Acrylic

Acrylic exhibits strength similar to Nylon, but with lower toughness and a better surface hardness. Acrylic is also highly transparent, and can be used as a replacement for glass in many cases, and also serves as a more economical alternative to polycarbonate when toughness is not as critical or the presence of Bisphenol A could be an issue. Artwork, intraocular lenses, biomedical implants, and windshields are all applications for this material.

PVC White/Gray

Best known for its use in tubing, polyvinyl chloride is a cheap and versatile polymer valuable for its self-extinguishing properties, strength to weight ratio, and ease of manufacture. It is suitable for signage, siding, tubing, and other applications that require good toughness and chemical resistance.

PVC Clear

WIth better strength than Nylon and good stiffness and impact resistance, this is a cost effective option for low temperature high strength applications where the cost of composites isn’t justified, or transparency is needed. This material is suitable for containers, mechanical components, electronics cases, and similar applications.

Ultem 1000

With the highest strength and strength to weight ratio of the polymeric materials we offer, this is the material to choose when strength is the driving variable. Toughness is comparable to PVC and Nylon. When necessary, ULTEM 1000 will perform at temperatures over 400° F, making it suitable for underhood and aerospace applications.

Ultem 1000 20% GF

The second-strongest non-metallic material offered for CNC machining, glass reinforced ULTEM 1000 is more than three times as strong as ABS and twice as strong as Nylon, while offering toughness similar to Polycarbonate. This material is ideal for aerospace and underhood components, as well as frames, structures, and other load bearing parts.

G-10 FR4

The strongest non-metallic material offered for CNC machining, this glass-reinforced epoxy offers more than twice the strength of reinforced ULTEM 1000 and the highest nonmetallic toughness to boot; not even ABS can resist impacts as well. This material is suitable for high-performance parts in the aerospace and automotive industries.

Aluminum / 6061-T651

A widely available structural metal with fairly good strength, with excellent joinability and resistance to corrosion. Used for aircraft and marine fittings, valves, bike frames, and other parts where resistance to corrosion and joinability override the need for raw strength, though it possesses an excellent strength to weight ratio.

Aluminum / 7075-T651

A very high strength structural metal used for gears, keys, worm gears, aircraft frames, and other applications where very high strength, light weight, and corrosion resistance are required. Machinability suffers compared to 6061.

Brass / 260 (70/30)

For aesthetic, low friction, and spark-free applications, 260 Brass is available. Offering good durability, strength, and corrosion resistance, this material can be used for lamps, flashlight cases, locks, hinges, and tools in environments where sparks are unacceptable.

Copper / C101

C101 is very pure grade of copper, appropriate for applications where thermal and electrical conductivity are more important than strength or for decorative applications. Artwork, electrical components, marine parts, and valves are all applications that this material is appropriate for.

Low Carbon Steel / CR 1018

A common low carbon steel, CR 1018 is a mid-strength, high ductility, general-purpose carbon steel good for gears, functional parts, frames, and almost any structural application where severe corrosion and weight budgets are absent.

Magnesium / AZ31

AZ31 is a low strength, low density Magnesium alloy for applications that require good strength to weight ratio, good specific modulus, good weldability,and high corrosion resistance. Magnesium is the lightest of the structural metals, and is particularly useful when buckling is a concern; its low density meaning that parts made from AZ31 will be thicker for the same strength than their aluminum counterparts. This material is appropriate for very light components such as camera frames, tripods, backpacking gear, and aerospace parts.

Stainless Steel / 304/304L

Type 304 stainless steel is a moderate strength, high ductility, general purpose austenitic stainless steel suitable for gears, structural components, and other structural uses in moderately corrosive environments such as outdoors on land. 304L is a low carbon variant that can be used as welded, since carbide precipitation is negligible. This is a nonmagnetic material.

Stainless Steel / 316/316L

Type 316 stainless steel is a modification on type 304 that includes Molybdenum to further increase corrosion resistance, especially to pitting corrosion. It also maintains its strength up to 600 °F. It is suitable for fittings, structures, cables, and functional components used in moderate to aggressive corrosion environments, such as coastal and marine settings. 316L is a low carbon variant to limit carbide precipitation during welding. This is a nonmagnetic material.

Stainless Steel / 17-4 PH

A high strength martensitic steel for applications where more strength is needed and moderate corrosion threats are present. Ductility is less than for the austenitic steels, but weldability is excellent. This material sees heavy use in the aerospace, petrochemical, and food industries for structures, containers, and other types of parts.

Steel Alloy / 4140

4140 is a low alloy steel with high impact and abrasion resistance, toughness, and fatigue strength and decent resistance to atmospheric corrosion. This makes 4140 suitable for structures, gears, chains, and functional components in mildly corrosive environments. It has good weldability, and maintains reasonable strength up to 600°F.


AFP3100

The simplest of the Stratasys AFP (Advanced Formula Polymer) line, AFP3100 is a durable, white, high-impact plastic formulated to simulate ABS and PC-ABS materials. With a white color and good mechanical properties across the board, this material is suited for limited production and end-use parts in any industry.

AFP3100FR

AFP3100FR maintains all the advantages of AFP3100, but adds a UL 94 V-0 flammability rating and meets FAR 25.853a so long as the part is 0.1” thick. AFP3100FR is light amber in color. This makes AFP3100FR suitable for aircraft cabin parts and other applications where fires cannot be allowed to survive.

AFP3105FR

When fires are unacceptable, but parts need to be thinner than 0.1”, AFP 3105FR is the material to choose. Meeting FAR 25.853 at only 0.043” thick, it is suitable for thin product manufacturing for aircraft cabins and parts in similar flame averse conditions. AFP3105FR is translucent amber in color.

AFP3320

For HVAC systems, underhood components, and other environments with elevated temperatures, AFP3320 is the material of choice for urethane casting. It can be used in temperatures up to 340° F, and is a translucent amber color.

AFP3400

AFP3400 is an amber plastic that has about half the strength and one-fifth the stiffness of AFP3100, but over twice the impact resistance and five times the elongation to failure. In other words, it possesses properties very similar to polypropylene or HDPE, such as wheel wells, hoods, bumpers, and infant seats.

AFP3600

Used for transparent applications, AFP 3600 is slightly stronger and stiffer than AFP 3400 with a high impact resistance and clear to pale amber coloring. It can be easily colored, and is useful for headlight covers, lenses, and housings in both clear and frosted applications.

PT8958

A niche material optimized for the medical industry, PT8958 will not image in an MRI machine even at a magnetic field intensity of 1.5 Teslas. It also earns a UL 94 V-0 flammability rating, and is a clear light amber in color. PR8958 is favored for medium to large components.

RC 79D

Another niche material optimized for the medical industry, RC 79D has lower mechanical properties than PT8958 but is better suited to smaller components.

U0080DC-L

U0080DC-L is a water-clear polyurethane with excellent impact resistance and good weathering properties. Tinting to other colors is a simple process, and this material is well-suited to large parts and complex geometries; it lends itself to large, complicated transparent parts in outdoor applications.

CompositeCast with AFP3100FR

A composite of glass fabric embedded in a flame-resistant AFP3100FR matrix, this material has an exceptional impact resistance, over twice that of the matrix alone. Stiffness is also increased by over 30%, bringing performance to a level suitable for thin-walled cosmetic covers, aerospace body panels, and other products requiring toughness and rigidity.

CompositeCast with PT8958

A composite of glass fabric embedded in a MRI-transparent PT8958 matrix, this material has exceptional impact resistance, over twice that of the matrix alone. Along with an increase in stiffness of over 30%, this material is optimized for thin covers, buckling-resistant components, and other applications requiring stiffness and toughness.

Foam-Flex V412

A light yellow, soft, flexible, open cell foam ranging from 4-12 pounds per cubic foot, Foam-Flex V412 is used for arm rests, seat cushions, movie props, insulation, packaging, and other applications requiring light, soft materials.

Foam-Flex V915

A light yellow, medium density, open cell foam with a lively feel and a mass of 9-15 pounds per cubic foot. Used in special FX, cushions, custom packaging, sound dampening, thermal insulation, and similar products.

Foam-Flex V1232

A light yellow, high density, self-skinning foam with a firm stress response and a mass of 12-32 pounds per square foot, used in impact protection, movie props, insulation, and similar products.

Foam-Rigid V316

A light yellow, rigid, closed cell polyurethane foam available in masses of 3-16 pounds per cubic foot used for insulation, sound dampening, encapsulation, and similar products

AFS15

A platinum based silicone rubber used for ink stamp pads, pressure pads, molds, and similar applications. AFS15 has a Shore hardness of 15 A.

AFS30

A platinum based silicone rubber used for mold making, encapsulation, gaskets, and similar applications. AFS15 has a Shore hardness of 30 A.

AFS40

A platinum based silicone rubber used for buttons, gaskets, waterproofing, and similar applications. AFS15 has a Shore hardness of 40 A.

AFS50

A platinum based silicone rubber used for mold making, encapsulation, gaskets, and similar applications. AFS15 has a Shore hardness of 50 A.

AFS60

A platinum based silicone rubber used for mold making, encapsulation, gaskets, and similar applications. AFS15 has a Shore hardness of 60 A.

E1005AL

A very soft elastomeric material with a Shore hardness of 5A, with limited tensile strength but capable of very high elongation before failure. Used for special effects, props, and medical training models. RoHs/REACH Compliant.

E1015AL

A soft elastomeric material with a Shore hardness of 15A, with limited tensile strength but capable of very high elongation before failure. Used for production parts, props, and medical training devices. RoHs/REACH Compliant.

E1025AL

A soft elastomeric material with a Shore hardness of 25A, with limited tensile strength but capable of very high elongation before failure. Used for production parts, props, and medical training devices. RoHs/REACH Compliant.

E1030AL

A soft elastomeric material with a Shore hardness of 30A, with limited tensile strength but capable of very high elongation before failure. Used for production parts, over molding, and medical training devices. RoHs/REACH Compliant.

E1040AL

A medium soft elastomeric material with a Shore hardness of 40A, with limited tensile strength but capable of very high elongation before failure. Used for production parts, over molding, and medical training devices. Similar to a pencil eraser in texture. RoHs Compliant.

E1050AL

A medium soft elastomeric material with a Shore hardness of 50A, with limited tensile strength but capable of very high elongation before failure. Used for production parts, over molding, and medical training devices. Similar to a door seal in texture. RoHs Compliant.

E1060AL

A medium hard elastomeric material with a Shore hardness of 60A, with limited tensile strength but capable of very high elongation before failure. Used for production parts, over molding, and medical training devices. RoHs Compliant.

E1070AB

A medium hard elastomeric material with a Shore hardness of 70A, with limited tensile strength but capable of very high elongation before failure. Used for production parts and props. Similar to an automotive tire tread in texture. RoHs Compliant.

E1080AB

A hard elastomeric material with a Shore hardness of 80A, with limited tensile strength but capable of very high elongation before failure. Used for production parts and props. Similar to a hydraulic O-ring in texture. RoHs Compliant.

E1090AB

A hard elastomeric material with a Shore hardness of 90A, with limited tensile strength but capable of very high elongation before failure. Used for production parts and props. Similar to a squeegee in texture. RoHs Compliant.

E1095AB

A hard elastomeric material with a Shore hardness of 95A, with limited tensile strength but capable of very high elongation before failure. Used for production parts,strain relief, and props. Similar to a shopping cart wheel in texture. RoHs Compliant.