Material Selection Guide

Firstcut works in the materials listed below. There are limitations on the thicknesses that some materials are available in and consequently not every prototype part can be made in every material. Your FirstQuote® interactive quote will present the material options available for your part/s. If you require a material that is not on the list, please let us know and we will review your request.

Material Material Type Cost Max depth
Aluminum - Gray (Aluminum 6061-T651) Soft metal Low 3.75 in.
Aluminum - Gray (Aluminum 7075-T651) Soft metal Low 3.75 in.
Brass - Yellow (Brass 260 (70/30)) Soft metal Very High 1.75 in.
Copper - Red (Copper C101) Soft metal Very High 2.75 in.
Magnesium - Gray (Magnesium AZ31) Soft metal High 3.75 in.
Stainless Steel - Gray (Stainless Steel 17-4 PH) Hard metal Very High 1.75 in.
Stainless Steel - Gray (Stainless Steel 304/304L) Hard metal Very High 1.75 in.
Stainless Steel - Gray (Stainless Steel 316/316L) Hard metal Very High 1.75 in.
Steel Alloy - Gray (Steel Alloy 4140) Hard metal High 1.75 in.
Steel Mild Low Carbon - Gray (Steel Mild Low Carbon CR1018) Hard metal Medium 1.25 in.
ABS - Black (ABS) Plastic Low 3.75 in.
ABS - Natural (ABS) Plastic Low 3.75 in.
ABS-Flame Retardant - Black (ABS-FR) Plastic High 1.75 in.
Acetal 20% Glass Filled - Natural (Delrin 570) Plastic Very High 1.75 in.
Acetal Copolymer - White (Acetal Copolymer) Plastic Medium 3.25 in.
Acetal Homopolymer - Black (Delrin 150) Plastic Medium 3.75 in.
Acetal Homopolymer - Natural (White) (Delrin 150) Plastic Medium 3.75 in.
Acetal Static Dissipative - Tan (Tecaform SD) Plastic Very High 2.75 in.
CPVC - Gray (CPVC) Plastic Medium 2.75 in.
HDPE - Natural (White) (High Density Polyethylene) Plastic Low 3.75 in.
LDPE - Natural (Low Density Polyethylene) Plastic Low 0.75 in.
Nylon 6 - Black (Nylon 6) Plastic Medium 2.75 in.
Nylon 6 - Light Blue (Nylon 6 ) Plastic Medium 2.75 in.
Nylon 6/6 - Black (Nylon 6/6) Plastic Medium 0.75 in.
Nylon 6/6 - Natural (Nylon 6/6) Plastic Medium 0.75 in.
Nylon 6/6 30%GF - Natural (Nylon 6/6 30%GF) Plastic Very High 1.75 in.
PC - Black (Polycarbonate) Plastic High 1.75 in.
PC - Clear (Polycarbonate) Plastic Medium 1.75 in.
PC - Translucent (Polycarbonate ) Plastic High 3.75 in.
PC 20% GF - Black (Polycarbonate 20% GF) Plastic Very High 1.75 in.
PEEK - Natural (PEEK) Plastic Very High 1.75 in.
PEI - Natural (Ultem 1000) Plastic Very High 2.75 in.
PEI - Black (Ultem 1000) Plastic Very High 2.75 in.
PEI 30% GF - Natural (Ultem 30% GF 2300) Plastic Very High 1.75 in.
PET - Natural (White) (Polyethylene Terephthalate) Plastic High 2.75 in.
PMMA - Clear (Acrylic) Plastic Low 2.75 in.
PP Homopolymer - Black (Polypropylene Homopoly) Plastic Low 1.75 in.
PP Homopolymer - Natural (Polypropylene Homopoly) Plastic Low 1.75 in.
PP Copolymer - Natural (Polypropylene Copoly) Plastic Low 3.75 in.
PPE + PS - Black (Noryl 265) Plastic High 1.75 in.
PPSU - Black (Radel R 5500) Plastic Very High 1.25 in.
PS (HIPS) - White (Polystyrene) Plastic Medium 1.75 in.
PSU - Natural (Polysulfone) Plastic Very High 1.75 in.
PTFE - White (Teflon) Plastic Very High 3.75 in.
PVC - Gray (PVC) Plastic Low 3.75 in.
UHMW - Natural (UHMW) Plastic Low 3.75 in.

Note that the primary advantage of the material choices available from Firstcut is that we offer the REAL materials that you’ll need for your REAL production parts. There is no longer any need to settle for something “almost” as good as ABS, Nylon or any other material you may require in production.