3D Printing Services and Technologies 

Overview of 3D Print Technologies 

The term "3D printing" encompasses several additive manufacturing technologies that vary by mechanical properties, surface finish and its capability to produce end-use parts at high volumes. Selecting the right 3D printing process depends on your application, budget, and end quantity required. Determining the purpose of your part will inform which 3D printing technology below will be best suited to your application.

If you need help selecting a material or technology, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Selective Laser Sintering

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is an ideal additive manufacturing process for prototyping to end-use production of parts. Parts printed using SLS offer exceptional durability, an excellent uniform surface finish with no need for support material. Parts produced in SLS can be a suitable alternative to injection molding, and is ideal for quantities anywhere from 1-1000+.  

Choose SLS technology when you need functional parts or need to mass produce complex parts at high volumes.

 

Durability

90%

Surface Finish

90%

End-Use Production

95%

500k+ 

Parts 3D Printed

± 0.25

Part Tolerances

4

Materials

2-5 Day

Average Lead Time

Stereolithography

Stereolithography (SLA) is ideal for manufacturing high detail parts with fine details in a wide range of industrial resins. Forge Labs uses 3D Systems Industrial vat polymerization SLA printers, which offer exceptional mechanical properties, high tolerances and uniform surface finish.

Choose SLA technology when you need to produce functional prototypes, master patterns, or high detail concepts.

 

Durability

80%

Surface Finish

95%

End-Use Production

70%

250K+ 

Parts 3D Printed

± 0.2

Part Tolerances

7

Materials

1-5 Day

Average Lead Time

Fused Deposition Modeling

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is most commonly available 3D Printing technology. Forge Labs uses Stratasys Industrial 3D Printers, which offer large build volumes, as well as excellent mechanical, exceptionally high accuracy and repeatable results. 

Choose FDM when you need strong, functional parts that are dimensionally stable in a wide range of thermoplastics.

 

Durability

85%

Surface Finish

70%

End-Use Production

90%

100K+ 

Parts 3D Printed

± 0.15

Part Tolerances

14

Materials

2-5 Day

Average Lead Time

Multi Jet Fusion

Multi-Jet Fusion (MJF) by HP is the newest additive manufacturing technology to enter our lineup. MJF offers unparalleled manufacturing speed as it uses an array of inkjet print heads to deposit fusing agents onto a bed of polymers allowing for blazingly fast print speeds. This makes MJF a very capable substitute for injection molding, leading to lower production costs, and faster turnarounds.

Choose MJF when you need to produce high quantities of complex functional parts.

Durability

90%

Surface Finish

85%

End-Use Production

98%

500K+ 

Parts 3D Printed

± 0.3

Part Tolerances

2

Materials

3-8 Day

Average Lead Time

Direct Metal Laser Sintering

Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) is ideal for manufacturing functional complex metal parts.  Part are produced additively using a laser that selectively sinters metal powder, layer by layer to form a homogenous part. This technology is ideal for simplifying multi part assembles into a single part, or producing lightweight, hollow parts with internal channels not possible by traditional methods.

Choose DMLS when you need to produce 1-25 functional, end use metal parts for geometries to complex to machine.

Durability

95%

Surface Finish

90%

End-Use Production

100%

15K+ 

Parts 3D Printed

± 0.3

Part Tolerances

5

Materials

8-12 Day

Average Lead Time

PolyJet Matrix

PolyJet Matrix is a resin based 3D printing technology that is uniquely capable of mixing materails on the fly to create multi material prints. Forge Labs prints using a Stratasys Connex 3, which is capable of blending rubber-like, rigid and clear resins into a single part. PolyJet is ideal for producing soft touch parts, overmolds and rubber-like products in shore values between A30-A95.

Choose PolyJet when you need to produce complex overmolds, soft touch parts, and rubber-like prototypes.

 

Durability

65%

Surface Finish

85%

End-Use Production

55%

50K+ 

Parts 3D Printed

± 0.15

Part Tolerances

12

Materials

2-5 Day

Average Lead Time
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3D Printing Technologies

50+ 

Unique Materials

1M+ 

Parts Produced 

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