PLA

Suitable for prototyping or draff, affordable. More colour options.

Application FDM is the most widely available 3D printing process, mainly used for low-cost prototyping and design verification with very fast turn around times.
Strengths Low-cost, fast turnaround times
Weaknesses Limited dimensional accuracy, print layers are likely to be visible
Heat Resistance 60°C to 70°C
Lead Time 2 days (depending on part volume)
Wall Thickness Minimum 0.8 mm, suggested 1.2 to 1.5 mm
Tolerances ± 0.5% (min: ± 0.5 mm)
Max part size 50 x 50 x 50 cm
Layer height 50 – 200 μ

 

Resin Printing

High detail and smooth surface, good for detail prototyping. Production lead time longer.

Application SLA is most suitable for visual applications where an injection mold-like, smooth surface finish, and a high level of feature detail are required.
Strengths Fine features & high detail, Smooth, injection mold-like, surface finish
Weaknesses Fine features & high detail, Smooth, injection mold-like, surface finish
Heat Resistance 45°C
Lead Time 10 working days (After payment made, depending on part volume)
Wall Thickness (white Resin) Minimum 0.5 mm
(Transparent Resin) Minimum 1 mm
Tolerances ± 0.5% (min: ± 0.2 mm)
Max part size 140 x 70 x 50 cm

 

Nylon

Stiffer, higher heat resistant, good chemical resistance. Production lead time longer.

Application SLS is used for both prototyping and small-batch production of functional plastic parts with good mechanical properties.
Strengths No support material required, Excellent mechanical properties, Can produce complex geometries
Weaknesses Higher cost than FDM, Longer lead times than FDM
Heat Resistance 145°C
Lead Time 10 working days (After payment made, depending on part volume)
Wall Thickness Minimum 0.8 mm
Tolerances ± 0.5% (min: ± 0.2 mm)
Max part size 40 x 40 x 45 cm