3D Printing Processes

Learn more about the 4 polymer 3D printing technologies we offer.

Polyjet Technology

Polyjet 3D printing uses resin cured with UV light to print highly-detailed, full-color parts. Polyjet parts are extremely precise and can have layer resolutions as fine as half of the width of a human skin cell. With 500,000 unique color values and a variety of rigid and flexible materials, Polyjet 3D printing can create parts with a wide range of properties. Most parts can be printed and cleaned within 1-3 days since even complex and multi-material parts can be produced in a single print. Polyjet is ideal for flexible parts, projects requiring high degrees of precision, and full-color models.

Maximum Build Size: 19.3" x 15.35" x 7.9"

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Fused Deposition Modeling

Fused Deposition Modeling, or FDM, is a process by which a thermoplastic filament is heated and extruded layer by layer to form parts. FDM printing has been around for over 30 years, but there are still new methods and materials being developed. Due to the "bottom-up" nature of FDM printing, parts can be made with a variety of internal densities and structures. This reduces time, material, and cost to produce parts. At 3D Print Texas, we can print single parts as large as 24" x 24" x 36" with over 15 unique material options. FDM is a superior option for prototyping, large parts, and end-use applications.

Maximum Build Size: 24" x 24" x 36"

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Stereolithography Technology

Stereolithography, also known as SLA, produces parts by curing liquid resin with a UV-spectrum laser. The use of a laser provides a high level of detail, excellent surface finish, and layer heights as low as 0.002". Casting patterns for investment casting can also be printed using a build style known as QuickCast. QuickCast makes parts that are partially hollow to improve material burnout and reduce cost. With Accura ClearVue material, it is also possible to produce high transparency parts for use as lenses or fluid flow visualization tools. Typical applications of SLA include investment casting patterns, transparent parts, and high-detail models.

Maximum Build Size: 15" x 15" x 10"

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Multi Jet Fusion Technology

Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) by HP is a relatively new technology that utilizes binder jetting to create parts from polymer powder. Binder jetting uses liquid and heat to fuse the powder particles together as opposed to older processes that require a laser to melt the material. Excess powder is removed after the build to be recycled and reused in later builds. With Nylon PA12, we can create strong, heat-resistant parts economically and quickly. MJF is ideal for small or medium volume production runs due to the ability to stack parts in the build tray. Some uses for MJF include giveaways, tooling, end-use parts, and threaded models.

Maximum Build Size: 14.9" x 14.9" x 11"

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