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Laser Sintering

Polyamide, Alumide and Rubber-like use one of the most versatile and frequently 3D printing technologies: Laser Sintering, a laser-based technology that uses solid powder materials. A computer-controlled laser beam selectively binds together particles in the powder bed, by raising the powder temperature above the glass transition point after which adjacent particles flow together. As the powder is self-supporting, no support structures are necessary.

Polyamide

  • PA 12
  • Large freedom of design
  • Slightly porous
  • Suitable for interlocking parts, moving parts, living hinges
  • Used for complex models, functional models, end products, etc.
  • Wide range of post-processing possibilities
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Rubber-like

  • TPU 92A-1
  • Strong, high-flexible and durable material
  • Sandy, granular looking surface
  • Abrasive resistant
  • Limited level of detail
  • Mainly used for fashion, gadgets, squeezable and functional models
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Alumide

  • Polyamide Aluminum-Filled
  • Metallic-looking
  • Resistant to high temperatures (130°C)
  • Suitable for interlocking parts, moving parts, living hinges
  • Used for complex models, functional models, end products, etc.
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Stereolithography

Standard Resin, Mammoth Resin, Gray Resin and Transparent Resin use the veteran of 3D printing technologies: Stereolithography. It’s been around at Materialise since 1990, and continues to be one of the most widely-used 3D printing technologies for plastic models. Stereolithography is a laser-based technology that uses a UV-sensitive liquid resin. A UV laser beam scans the surface of the resin and selectively hardens the material corresponding to a cross section of the product, building the 3D part from the bottom to the top. The required supports for overhangs and cavities are automatically generated, and later manually removed.

Standard Resin

  • Translucent
  • Easy to paint
  • Very smooth, quality surface
  • Used for visual models with limited functionality
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Mammoth Resin

  • Easy to paint
  • Medium mechanical resistance
  • Smooth, quality surface
  • Used for large visual models with limited functionality
  • Can also be used as master for a mould
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Gray Resin

  • Easy to paint
  • Medium mechanical resistance
  • Very smooth, quality surface
  • Used for visual models with limited functionality
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Transparent Resin

  • Transparent material with a slight blue tinge
  • Water-resistant by nature
  • Smooth, quality surface
  • Used for prototypes
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Fused Deposition Modeling

ABS uses what is probably the most adopted 3D printing technology around: Fused Deposition Modeling. It’s a filament-based technology where a temperature-controlled head extrudes a thermoplastic material layer by layer onto a build platform. A support structure is created where needed and built in a water-soluble material.

ABS

  • Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene
  • 80% of the strength of injected molded ABS
  • High durability
  • UV resistant
  • Used for full functional models
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PolyJet

High Detail Resin uses a 3D printing technology called PolyJet. The technology works by jetting photopolymer materials in ultra-thin layers onto a build platform. Each photopolymer layer is cured by UV light immediately after it is jetted, producing fully cured models that can be handled and used immediately, without post-curing. The gel-like support material, designed to support complicated geometries, is subsequently removed by water jetting.

High Detail Resin

  • Objet VeroWhitePlus
  • Rigid and opaque
  • High accuracy
  • High level of surface detail
  • Mostly used for non-functional models
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Photo Credits: Aluminum – Lightweight Structure by Materialise | Titanium – Aurora Minos by monomer | Steel – Klein Bottle Opener by Bathsheba Grossman High Detail Stainless Steel – TomyTones by Tommy Rombauts | Silver – Cufflinks by DAMN x Café Costume | Gold – Honey Bee Charm by Liz Landis Bronze – Ribble Ring by Bert De Niel | Brass – Favonius Bangle by Percival Luto | Copper – Sabre Tooth Tiger Skull by Kaecee Fitzgerald
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