Rapid Prototyping Technologies

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SLA Stereolithography (SLA)
One of the most popular processes, SLA provides high quality prototypes at good prices.
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SLS Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
SLS systems can fuse plastic, metal, ceramic, or glass into 3D models. Somewhat expensive.
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FDM Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
Models created with FDM have great strength and temperature resistance at low prices.
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PolyJet PolyJet 3D Printing
PolyJet models are very accurate, with smooth finishes at low to high prices.
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Z-Corp 3D Printing Z-Corp Color 3D Printing
Beautiful, multi-color models can be created by Z-Corp printers at moderate prices.
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3D Metal Printing 3D Metal Printing
Some printers can make quality, strong metal parts at reasonable prices.
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Urethane Castings Urethane Castings
Cheap urethane parts are cast in a silicone mold (based on an SLA pattern). Moderate prices.
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Machined Plastic Machined Plastic Parts
Plastic parts cut and shaped by CNC machines. Moderate prices.
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Injection Molded Parts Rapid Injection Molded Plastic Parts
Injection molding tooling made using affordable CNC processes. Moderately expensive.
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CNC Machined Parts CNC Machined Metal Parts
Metal prototypes are machined on CNC equipment. Low to moderate pricing.
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Sheet Metal Sheet Metal
Sheets of metal are formed into shape and features are stamped or cut. Moderate pricing.
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Metal Castings Metal Castings
Molds are made from SLA patterns and molten metal is poured in. Moderate to high pricing.
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3D Printing - Other 3D Printing (Other)
There are many other kinds of 3D printing, such as ProJet and Laminated Object Manufacturing.
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