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Additive Manufacturing: Materials for 3D Printing

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Learn how to choose the right material for your 3D printing job. Review different types of materials—filament, resin, and powder—and their strengths and weaknesses.


  • Choosing additive manufacturing materials
1. Defining Basic Material Requirements
  • Factors in selecting 3D printable materials
  • Mechanical properties
  • When you do not want to use a 3D printer
  • Surface quality and feature size requirements
  • Filament, resin, or powder?
2. Filament-Based Printers
  • Selecting a filament material
  • What materials can your printer use?
  • Composites and "metal" filament
  • Maximizing production capacity
  • Designing parts for lowest turnaround time
3. Resin Printers
  • Types of resins
  • Maximizing production capacity using resin
  • Designing parts for resin printing vs. filament printing
4. SLS, Metal, and Full-Color Printing
  • Selective laser sintering (SLS)
  • Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS)
  • Full-color printing
5. Short-Run Manufacturing Case Studies
  • Direct printing: Mass customization
  • Tooling/molds
  • Typical applications
  • Next steps

Taught by

Joan Horvath and Rich Cameron


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