Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is a type of 3D printing technology that works by melting and extruding a filament of plastic, metal, or other material to build up a part layer by layer. It is one of the most widely available and affordable forms of 3D printing, and it is well-suited to producing strong and mechanically functional parts.
Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) is a type of 3D printing technology that uses a process called Masked Photopolymer Jetting (MPJ) to create 3D objects. In this process, a special inkjet print head with a masking layer applies layers of photopolymer resin to a build platform, and a UV light is used to cure the resin layer by layer.
Stereolithography (SLA) is a type of 3D printing technology that uses a laser to cure a photopolymer resin into a solid object. It is one of the oldest forms of 3D printing and it is known for producing high-resolution parts with smooth surface finishes.
Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is a type of 3D printing technology that uses a laser to fuse together particles of plastic, metal, or other powdered materials to create a solid object. It is a popular choice for producing strong and mechanically functional parts, and it is often used for prototyping, small-batch production, and the manufacture of end-use parts.
PolyJet is a type of 3D printing technology that uses photopolymer resin and UV light to create 3D objects. It is known for producing high-resolution, highly detailed, and smooth-surface parts and prototypes. PolyJet printing works by selectively depositing layers of liquid photopolymer resin onto a build platform, and then curing the resin with UV light.
Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) is a type of 3D printing technology that uses a laser to sinter (fuse) metal powders into solid objects. It is a highly accurate and efficient process that can produce complex, high-strength metal parts with excellent surface finish.