Many factors come into play when comparing the material properties of thermoplastics found in injection molding versus “thermoplastic-like” materials used in a 3D printing technology like stereolithlography (SL). At Proto Labs, a thorough selection of thermoplastic-like materials are offered through SL, but what may surprise you is the versatility and range of potential applications for SL parts.
This month’s tip discusses:
- heat deflection, tensile strength and other important properties of thermoplastic-like materials
- how SL materials compare to similar injection-molded thermoplastics
- the benefits and range of suitable applications for each SL material
- the impact of light and moisture exposure on 3D-printed parts