Online 3D Printing Service

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Additive manufacturing machines
50,000+
Product developers served
130,000+
Parts printed each month

3D Printing Processes

Our online 3D printing service consists of six 3D printing technologies to transform your 3D files into plastic, metal, and elastomeric parts. With more than 120 3D printers, we have unmatched capacity that reliably delivers parts within days. In addition to a broad material selection, we offer several post-processing options to improve cosmetics or enhance mechanical properties.

 

Metal 3D Printing

Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) uses a fiber laser system that draws onto a surface of atomized metal powder, welding the powder into fully dense metal parts.

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Carbon DLS

Carbon DLS uses digital light projection, oxygen permeable optics, and programmable liquid resins to produce plastic parts with excellent mechanical properties and surface finish.

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Stereolithography (SLA)

Stereolithography (SLA) uses an ultraviolet laser that draws on the surface of liquid thermoset resin to create thousands of thin layers until final parts are formed.

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PolyJet

PolyJet uses a jetting process where small droplets of liquid photopolymer are sprayed from multiple jets onto a build platform and cured in layers that form elastomeric parts.

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Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)

Selective laser sintering (SLS) uses a CO2 laser that fuses nylon-based powder, layer by layer until final thermoplastic parts are built.

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Multi Jet Fusion (MJF)

multi jet fusion 3d printed part

Multi Jet Fusion selectively applies fusing and detailing agents across a bed of nylon powder, which are fused in thousands of layers by heating elements into a solid functional component.

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Compare 3D Printing Processes

New to our 3D printing service and not sure which additive technology is right for your 3D design? Compare the capabilities of each process below to see what fits your application's requirements.

  Materials Max Part Size Min Feature Size Tolerances
Metal 3D Printing Aluminum
Stainless Steel (17-4, 316L)
Titanium
Inconel
Cobalt Chrome
Copper

9.6 in. x 9.6 in. x 13.0 in

Inconel: 31.5 in. x 15.7 in. x 19.7 in.

0.006 in. ±0.003 in
Stereolithography ABS
Polycarbonate
Polypropylene
29 in. x 25 in. x 21 in. 0.0025 in. ±0.002 in.
Selective Laser Sintering Nylons
Polypropylene
TPU
19 in. x 19 in. x 17 in. 0.030 in. ±0.010 in.
Multi Jet Fusion Nylons 11.1 in. x 14.9 in. x 14.9 in. 0.020 in. ±0.012 in.
PolyJet Elastomer (30A to 95A) 19.3 in. x 15.4 in. x 7.9 in. 0.012 in. ±0.005  in.
Carbon DLS ABS
Polypropylene
7.4 in. x 4.6 in. x 12.8 in. 0.020 in. ±0.010 in.
  Materials Max Part Size Min Feature Size Tolerances
Metal 3D Printing Aluminum
Stainless Steel (17-4, 316L)
Titanium
Inconel
Cobalt Chrome
Copper

245mm x 245mm x 330mm

Inconel: 400mm x 800mm x  500mm

0.1524mm ±0.076mm
Stereolithography ABS
Polycarbonate
Polypropylene
127mm x 127mm x 63mm 0.0634mm ±0.0508mm
Selective Laser Sintering Nylons
Polypropylene
TPU
482mm x 482mm x 431mm 0.762mm ± 0.254mm
Multi Jet Fusion Nylons

281mm x 378mm x 378mm

0.508mm ±0.305mm
PolyJet Elastomer (30A to 95A) 490mm x 391mm x 200mm 0.305mm ±0.127mm
Carbon DLS ABS
Polypropylene
89mm x 118mm x 326mm 0.508mm ±0.254mm

Available 3D Printing Materials


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3D Printing Surface Finish Guide

Get this quick reference guide to explore your surface finish options across our six 3D printing technologies.



Our 3D Printing Service Includes Custom Finishing

Looking to boost the strength, clarity, or appearance of your 3D-printed parts? Choose from microfluidic and micro-resolution materials, metal plating, secondary machining, and custom finishes like painting, clear coating, and decaling

Clear Coat

Clear cosmetic finish that can be applied to ABS-Like Translucent/Clear (WaterShed XC 11122) and PC-Like Translucent/Clear (Accura 60) materials.

Painting

After smoothing the part with sanding and polishing, parts can be painted with automotive-grade paint. Provide a pantone color with your quote request. We also offer soft-touch painting.

Plating

Electroless nickel plating can be used to achieve parts that are similar to cast aluminum or magnesium.

Dyeing

Dyeing is another method for adding color to 3D prints. This is faster option with a limited color selection, so is a more cost-effective choice than painting.

Decaling

Decaling can be used to add a logo or other graphics to boost cosmetics or function.

Polishing
Heat Treatment

Harden and strengthen metal 3D prints with multiple heat treatment options: NADCAP heat treatment, hot isostatic pressing (HIP), solution annealing, and aging.

Machining

Machine metal 3D prints to achieve exceptional surface finish quality or meet tight tolerances.


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