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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.

If you want to print functional 3D parts or products, it's critical to select the right material for each job. You need to look at the requirements of your design, evaluating criteria such as strength, surface finish, color, and cost. Joan Horvath and Rich Cameron—founders of maker tech consulting company Nonscriptum LLC—show how to choose the correct material based on your design and printing method, surveying materials that are commonly available for use with desktop 3D printers (filament and resin) along with an intro to industrial materials like nylon and metal powders. They review the workflow for each type of material, and teach ways to optimize throughput and turnaround time. Plus, get an inside look at a few applications that use 3D printing as a cost-effective solution for short-run manufacturing.


  • 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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