Axis offers a powerful range of prototype material options which covers a wide array or applications. This variety allows you to take full advantage of the benefits of 3D printing throughout your product-development cycle. Regardless of your industry, the right process and material are chosen no matter what the application or end use of your prototype; whether it’s SLA materials, SLS, DMLS, FDM, or Polyjet, you will get a seamless 3D printing experience.
SLA exploits a process called photopolymerization. The properties of SLA materials allow to 3D print models with smooth surface finish, fine features with high details and also, high rigidity.
Axis offers SLS prototyping service, one of the most versatile prototyping systems on the market. The produced prototypes are made of Nylon, wax infiltrated polystyrene for casting, flame retardant or even flexible ‘’TPU’’ powders.
DMLS combines the design flexibility of 3D printing with the mechanical properties of metal. Metal prototypes don’t require tooling and are ideal for functionality testing. DMLS allows for complex geometries with high dimensional accuracy.
Materials used for FDM are durable and their mechanical properties are stable over time. These materials are appropriate for detailed functional prototypes, durable manufacturing tools and low-volume manufacturing parts.
3D printing in polyjet builds very precise parts. That translates into high-quality prototypes for a shorter time to market. The prototypes have fine details and smooth surfaces.
Material properties and feature definitions (accuracy, part strength, surface finishing) are essential when it comes to designing your prototype and choosing the suitable solution for your project. The application of the prototype is, also a great factor to consider. Here is some key information to help you make your decision.
Each 3D printing material has different lead times. While all lead times are relatively fast, some are longer than others. Choosing the right material for your project can allow for reduced production times, which can be quite useful when in a tight timeline.
Cost is an obvious decision variable, but it shouldn’t be your main concern. Going for the lowest expense might not generate a prototype fully suited to your objectives. Keep in mind that your goals should be parts that fit your needs.
The strength of your produced parts might be a crucial feature depending on the field of application. Some materials can be very robust while others can be very flexible.
Depending on your part application, surface finish can be an essential feature. Being aware of your project’s requirements and applications, you can choose the right surface finish, hence the most appropriate 3D printing solution and material.
If you need assistance in selecting the fitting material for your project and its 3D printed prototype, you can refer to our resources page that has elaborate information on various processes, options and even tips & tricks. You can also visit the FAQ section which we frequently update based on the most recurring questions we receive.
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