Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is a manufacturing process that creates a product from layers of material that are fused together, one layer at a time.
|PLA||FDM||$||An affordable biodegradable plastic for non-intensive prototyping.|
|ABS||FDM||$||ABS provides better mechanical and thermal abilities compared to PLA, but with less defined details.|
|Resin||SLA||$$||SLA combines high quality, injection-mold like parts with the fast production time of additive manufacturing.|
|FDM||PLA, ABS||$||FDM layers heated plastic onto a flat bed to “build-up” the final product. It is a low-cost and rapid prototyping tool.|
|SLA||Resin||$$||SLA uses a laser to solidify certain layers in a resin pool. It creates a good surface finish with plenty of detail, and offers many different types of resins with different characteristics.|