How to Choose the Right 3D Printing Material for your Project

Whether you’ve just heard of 3D printing, or have been using 3D printed parts for years, choosing the right technology and material for your part is critical to your project being a success.

We can help you decide which of our state-of-the-art technologies and materials will best fit your needs at

FDM: FDM 3D Printing is the most widely used method of 3D printing in the world. It is mainly used for prototypes, tooling, and manufacturing aids, but stronger materials have made 3D printing viable for end-use parts for many companies.

PolyJet: Stratasys PolyJet technology works similar to inkjet printing that you might be familiar with from the printer at your home or office. The main difference being instead of jetting drops of ink onto paper, PolyJet printers jet liquid photopolymers onto a build tray. The layer of photopolymers are UV cured and hardened into the programmed shape.

Polyjet 3D printing is great for prototypes that need the best surface finish possible with a smooth layer-less look. Models that need various colors, transparency, and rubber-like features are a great fit.

Metal 3D Printing: Desktop Metal allows users to create lightweight parts through the use of closed cell infill and hollow cavities. Previously unavailable with other technologies, high-resolution nozzles allow for greater detail and improved dimensional accuracy.

Desktop Metal is ideal for complex, high-performance metal parts. This metal 3D printing system delivers the speed, quality, and cost-per-part to compete with traditional manufacturing processes.

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