Materials

There are many printing materials available and many offer equivalent mechanical and chemical compatibility properties similar to traditional engineering plastics.

A printed product may need to simulate a pre-defined material or indeed be an alternative to an existing part. Often there’s a predetermined material expectation .

In most cases, there is a material to meet the requirement and we’ll help consult to ensure the selection is appropriate. The material may prescribe the printing technology and we’ll ensure we match the process correctly to your needs.

Below is a summary of the materials we offer and their principle mechanical properties. Data sheets are available for all materials on request.

Dental – please see the Dental specific section

Resin Materials

Simulated ABS (SLA) – A tough resin balancing strength and compliance, making it the ideal choice for prototyping strong, functional parts and assemblies that will undergo brief periods of stress or strain.

Simulated PP (SLA) – With a low modulus, high elongation, and high impact strength, a durable Resin producing parts with a smooth, glossy finish and high resistance to deformation. Ideal for applications requiring minimal friction.

High Precision (SLA) – offers high precision, moderate elongation, and low creep. This material is great for concept modelling and functional prototyping, especially for parts that will be handled repeatedly.

Glass Reinforced (SLA) – A rigid resin reinforced with glass to offer very high stiffness and a polished finish. This material is highly resistant to deformation over time and is great for printing thin walls and features.

Shaded Prototype (SLA) – Available in White, Grey and Black presenting a matte surface finish, opaque appearance, and precise details. With neutral undertone, also makes these resins a great base for parts that will eventually be painted or undergo other finishing processes.

Elastomeric Flexible (SLA) – A flexible resin for producing parts that bend and compress. This flexible resin is excellent for simulating soft-touch materials and adding ergonomic features to multi-material assemblies.

High Temp Tool Grade (SLA) – High Temp Resin has a heat deflection temperature (HDT) of 289 °C @ 0.45 MPa—the highest on the 3D printing materials market. Use it to print models for environmental testing or create moulds and masters for production processes such as injection moulding, casting and thermoforming.

Ceramic (SLA) – a silica-filled with photopolymer that during firing the photopolymer network burns out to form a true ceramic part. Fired parts have unique properties that can be leveraged for applications where fired part accuracy is not critical. High temperature resistance (up to 1000 °C). High thermal and electrical insulation. High resistance to corrosion and wear. Chemical inertness.

Castable Resin – A printable wax-filled resin for easy clean casting. Ideal for the casting of jewellery and finely detailed models. Not only used to produce a casting but ideal for test fits and design assessment prior to casting. Reliably reproduce crisp settings, sharp prongs, smooth shanks, and fine surface detail.

Clear (SLA) – A clear resin that is great for fluidics and mould making (cold moulds), optics, lighting, and any parts requiring translucency. Not suitable where mechanical performance is required.

Filament Materials

 

Nylon 6CF (FFF)
TitanX ABS (FFF) 
STYX-12 Nylon (FFF)
ApolloX ASA (FFF)
PLA (FFF)
PVA soluble Support (FFF)
ULTEM 1010 (FDM)
ULTEM 9085 (FDM)
Nylon 12CF (FDM)
ABS (FDM)
ASA (FDM)
Nylon 12 (FDM)
PC (FDM)
Antero 800 (FDM)
ST-130 Soluble Support (FDM)

 

Composite Filament Materials

 

Nylon 6CF-CF (CFF)
Nylon 6CF-GF (CFF)
Nylon 6CF-Kevlar® (CFF)
Nylon 6CF-HSHT (CFF)
Nylon 6-CF (CFF)
Nylon 6-GF (CFF)
Nylon 6-Kevlar® (CFF)
Nylon 6-HSHT (CFF)

 

 

Economic prototyping with good accuracy, offering good functionality in higher grade materials:

TitanX ABS (FFF) – high-quality ABS offering good mechanical and functional properties for mechanical and industrial applications.

STYX-12 Nylon (FFF) – an industrial PA12 nylon. Offers very low chemical and hydroscopic properties compared to other nylon materials with excellent mechanical properties.

ApolloX ASA (FFF) – an optimised ASA based engineering material for printed applications where resistance to wear and UV are desirable.

PLA (FFF) – the general purpose, any colour 3D printing material. Great for economic fit and form prototypes. This is not an engineering material.

PVA soluble Support (FFF) – used to allow for the forming of complex geometries when printing in PLA where support is requires. This material is sacrificial and is dissolved in water to completely remove from the finished print. PVA is an in process material and will be included in quotations where necessary.

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We really enjoyed working with Team Evolve. As a competitive team looking for the edge we were able to design custom clips for their chassis and composite printed exhaust support bracket and bumper bushes for their exhaust.

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