Material Properties

3D Printing Material Properties

Are you tired of the limited 3D printing material properties that AM can acheive? No longer are ABS and PLA the only materials that can be used for 3D Printing. The breadth of options is being extended daily; whether it be in filament form for Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), UV curable resins for Stereolithography (SLA), jetting, metals and plastics for laser sintering, high viscosity biomaterials, food, or other materials through syringe deposition. Today the possibilities are seemingly endless! Do you want to learn more about the options that ALT can use to create your 3D printed object?

Check out the 3D printing materials ALT currently has in stockIf you have a material and color in mind that you’d like to work with but you don’t see it on our list, send us an email or give us a call.

Below, there are a number of links which review different classes of materials suitable for Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing that are available today.

  1. Common 3D Printing Filaments and Materials
  2. High Strength Structural Materials
  3. Conductive Materials
  4. Sustainable Materials
  5. Flexible Materials
  6. Support Materials

Additive Manufacturing is an exciting new technology which allows 3D objects to be fabricated by depositing materials layer-by-layer. One of the most valuable aspects is the wide range of materials it can accommodate due to the ever growing numbers and types of manufacturing tools being innovated. The exceptional  material properties that can be achieved in 3D objects are expanding all the time. In addition, AM enables part optimization beyond the capability of traditional subtractive fabrication approaches as well as significant cost savings through competitive sourcing, reducing material waste, rapid turn-around and reduced supply chain challenges.

ALT is currently working on developing new advanced materials and custom composites compatible with 3D printing. ALT has a range of tools and equipment in-house to test, evaluate and improve advanced materials. Depending on the application, the following material properties are of interest:

Shore Hardness, Tensile Strength, Modulus, and Elongation at break, Compressive Strength and Modulus.