Additive Manufacturing Process Comparison

Stereolithography - Std.Stereolithography - High Res.Selective Laser Sintering Metal Sintering Vacuum CastingCNC Machining FDM

Description
•High Quality Models •Choice of 8 Materials•Detail & Definition •Features down to 0.01mm•Excellent strength & functionality
•Suitable for Low Volume Production
•Feature rich metal components •Low volume production in range of near production grade materials•Functional models and parts
•Production plastics and metals
•Good Strength & Functional
•Less accurate

Max Part Size
 

650 x 750 x 550mm

125 x 125 x 125mm

340 x 340 x 620mm

250x250x330mm

1500 x 700 x 500mm

1000 x 600 x 600mm

355 x 254 x 254mm

Surface Finish - Details
•Standard - Finish external surfaces to smooth
 •Additional - Gloss, Water-Clear, Spark, Matt..
•Standard - Finish external surfaces to smooth
 •Additional - Gloss, Water-Clear, Spark, Matt..
•Standard - Texture similar to very fine sandpaper
• Additional - Contact sales team
•Surface finish is similar to good investment castings •Standard - Finish external surfaces to smooth
•Additional - Gloss, Water-Clear, Spark, Matt..
•As milled - some tool marks may be visible •Standard
•Not as smooth as SLS

Surface Finish - Grading

★★★★★

 

★★★★★

 

★★

 

★★★

 

★★★★★

 

★★★★

 

★★

 

Material Strength

★★

 

★★

 

★★★★★

 

★★★★★

 

★★★★

 

★★★★

 

★★★★

 

Min. Feature / Wall Thickness
 

0.5mm
★★★★

0.25
★★★★★

0.8mm
★★★

0.3mm
★★★★★

0.5mm
★★★★

0.5mm
★★★★

1mm
★★★★

Max. Temperature
 

240°C
★★★★★

60°C
★★★

180°C
★★★★

+800°C
★★★★

175°C
★★★★

Material Dependent

120°C
★★★

Lead Times
 

2-5 Days

2-5 Days

2-5 Days

3-6 Days

5-8 Days

1-4 Weeks

4-6 Days

Price
 

££

£££

£

£££

£££

££

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Stereolithography - Std.Stereolithography - High Res.Selective Laser Sintering Metal Sintering Vacuum CastingCNC Machining FDM

Description
•High Quality Models •Choice of 8 Materials•Detail & Definition •Features down to 0.01mm•Excellent strength & functionality
•Suitable for Low Volume Production
•Feature rich metal components •Low volume production in range of near production grade materials•Functional models and parts
•Production plastics and metals
•Good Strength & Functional
•Less accurate

Max Part Size
 

650 x 750 x 550mm

125 x 125 x 125mm

340 x 340 x 620mm

250x250x330mm

1500 x 700 x 500mm

1000 x 600 x 600mm

355 x 254 x 254mm

Surface Finish - Details
•Standard - Finish external surfaces to smooth
 •Additional - Gloss, Water-Clear, Spark, Matt..
•Standard - Finish external surfaces to smooth
 •Additional - Gloss, Water-Clear, Spark, Matt..
•Standard - Texture similar to very fine sandpaper
• Additional - Contact sales team
•Surface finish is similar to good investment castings •Standard - Finish external surfaces to smooth
•Additional - Gloss, Water-Clear, Spark, Matt..
•As milled - some tool marks may be visible •Standard
•Not as smooth as SLS

Surface Finish - Grading

★★★★★

 

★★★★★

 

★★

 

★★★

 

★★★★★

 

★★★★

 

★★

 

Material Strength

★★

 

★★

 

★★★★★

 

★★★★★

 

★★★★

 

★★★★

 

★★★★

 

Min. Feature / Wall Thickness
 

0.5mm
★★★★

0.25
★★★★★

0.8mm
★★★

0.3mm
★★★★★

0.5mm
★★★★

0.5mm
★★★★

1mm
★★★★

Max. Temperature
 

240°C
★★★★★

60°C
★★★

180°C
★★★★

200°C
★★★★

175°C
★★★★

Material Dependent

120°C
★★★

Lead Times
 

2-5 Days

2-5 Days

2-5 Days

3-6 Days

5-8 Days

1-4 Weeks

4-6 Days

Price
 

££

£££

£

£££

£££

££

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