FDM is the most widely available 3D printing process, mainly used for low-cost prototyping and design verification with very fast turn around times.
SLA is most suitable for visual applications where an injection mold-like, smooth surface finish, and a high level of feature detail are required.
Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is an industrial 3D printing process ideal for manufacturing end-use parts.In SLS, a laser selectively sinters polymer powder particles, fusing them together and building a part layer-by-layer.SLS produces functional plastic parts with isotropic mechanical properties that can be used for detailed prototyping or end-use low-volume production.
In MJF, parts are built by jetting a binding agent onto thin layers of polymer powder particles (typically nylon) and then sintering them using an IR heat source.MJF produces functional plastic parts with isotropic mechanical properties that can be used for detailed prototyping or end-use low-volume production.
DMLS/SLM produce high performance, end-use metal 3D printed parts for industrial applications in aerospace, automotive and medical.Excellent mechanical properties, Can produce complex geometries.
Material Jetting produces parts of the highest dimensional accuracy with very smooth surface finish, used for both visual prototypes and tooling manufacturing.
Binder Jetting is most commonly used for full-color parts, low-cost metal printing, and large sand casting molds.