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What types of materials are available for 3D printing?
« on: July 15, 2017, 11:45:57 am »
The complete answer is it depends on what 3D printing technology you are using.  A rough breakdown of material to technology (in order of increasing machine cost) is:

FDM/FFF - Plastics ( ABS,PLA, PVA,HIPS,ninjaflex, nylon, t-glase, PC, Carbon Fiber PLA, Conductive PLA,magnatic iron pla, tranparent pla, flex pla )



SLA - Photopolymer resins ( HD cast, HD hard, HD elastic, HD white, HD mechanical)



Laminate - Paper

Inkjet - Plasters, Photopolymer resins

SLS/SLM - Huge range of plastics and metals


I've seen inkjet printers print materials with a "rubber" consistency, so its definitely doable.

In response to your idea: If you plan to make a lot of this product without variation it may be more economical to use a more traditional manufacturing method.

If you don't plan to make too many items, or want to customize them, or just want to test it out with a prototype, there are many ways you can get this done. 3d printing delhi ncr mumbai pune india

3D Printing is used for both prototyping and small run custom jobs (aerospace and high end auto are good examples of this).  An example of "mass production" 3D Printing would be something like Invisalign teeth braces.  It's not mass production in the traditional sense as each brace is custom fit for a single person, but they create thousands of these in a factory setting.
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