When choosing a material and 3D printing method for your project, make sure your material suits the certifications and/or key features needed for the application. Depending on where the part is in the life cycle of the product, you will have distinct durability needs. For example, a concept model may need to reflect the look and feel of the end product, but it does not necessarily need to have the same durability of the end product. Once you have identified the needs of your usage, the Material Wizard allows you to filter through all of our available materials that meet these requirements by clicking on the Key Characteristics tabs or adjusting the material properties’ sliders to specific measurements.


As stated above, 3D printing materials are often inseparable from technology, and each technology delivers parts with a variety of resolutions. PolyJet builds parts with the smallest layer and the full color of the CMYKW, resulting in highly detailed cosmetic parts. It provides expert finishing services; some materials convert better than others into sanding, polishing, and painting. You can use the Key Characteristics buttons in the Material Wizard, such as High Resolution/High Detail, Clear/Translucent, and Flexible, to filter through the best materials for highly esthetic parts.


3D printing materials are subjected to stringent testing in order to react to the type of stress that they can withstand and to the degree of the demanding environment in which the material can excel. Filter through Key Characteristics such as Toughness, Flame Retardance, Impact Resistance, and Product Properties to find the product that suits the primary feature of your application.


Certain 3D printing materials provide biocompatibility, sterilization capabilities, FDA skin contact certifications, flame smoke and toxicity certifications, chemical resistance, or other certifications that may be essential to your project. It’s important to ensure that your material can produce what you need when selecting a material and 3D printing process for your project. Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, a printing service provider with ISO 9001 and AS 9100 certifications, will ensure strict content and technical specifications are met.

While our collection of available 3D printing materials is expansive, it isn’t all- inclusive. The breadth of 3D printing material options is growing, bridging gaps between prototype and end-use production. Machine manufacturers and third-party materials developers have seen huge implications of future evolution to accommodate new and innovative applications.

Listed below are the materials used for industrial 3D printing.

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