Material data for those who want it
Technical Data Sheets
Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
Laser Sintering (SLS) is the second most commonly used process after Stereolithography (SLA). Whilst accuracy and surface finish are not as good, the real benefit is the functionality that can be achieved.
Polyamide with aluminium filler giving a light grey material.
Manufacture tough, impact-resistant plastic prototypes or end-use parts requiring molded-part performance andcapable of withstanding harsh enviroments.
Glass-filled polyamide (nylon) material for real-world physical testing and functional use.
Durable polymide (nylon) material for real-world physical testing and functional use.
Duraform ProX AF+
An aluminum lled nylon 12 plastic that produces parts with high stiffness and a metallic appearance.
PA 3200 GF
Glass filled fine polyamide offering increased stiffness over PA 2200.
Fine polyamide for general application.
Polypropylene material with high flexibility and toughness.
Windform XT 2.0
The material allows for the creation of accurate, reliable, and durable prototypes and is perfect for functional applications.
The 'original' Rapid Prototyping process; offers good dimensional accuracy and a large range of materials.
Flexible plastic to simulate and replace CNC-machined white polypropylene articles.
Rigid and strong plastic to stimulate and replace CNC-machined white ABS articles
Accura ABS Black (SL7820)
Rigid and tough, black ABS like.
Ultra tough grey plastic to replace CNC machined polypropylene and ABS articles.
Accura Xtreme White 200
Look and feel of a durable moulded plastic with outstanding durability and impact resistance.
An extremely durable and high temperature resistant material that makes it ideal for the most demanding functional prototyping.
Produces robust, functional and accurate parts with superior chemical resistance.
Somos EvoLVe 128
Produces accurate, high-detailed parts, designed for easy finishing for functional testing.
Extremely durable resin that produces very accurate parts with high feature detail.
Creates strong, stiff, high temperature resistant composite parts.
Nearly colourless, low viscosity liquid photopolymer that produces strong, tough, water-resistant, ABS-like parts.
Watershed XC 11122
Clear, near colourless, durable, water-resistant resin.
MicroFine Green Resin
An opaque green, ABS-like material, formulated for micro-resolution stereolithography
A major advantage in using machining as a prototyping or production technique is the huge range of materials that are available. In comparison additive manufacturing (AM) materials have to go through a long evaluation prior to being released and are usually specific to a process.
Regularly sourced materials include, but are not limited to:
GFN (Glass filled Nylon)
These materials are sourced as extruded slabs in varying thicknesses. Sometimes the available thickness will force a part to be fabricated. This is seldom a problem unless the material is also one that is difficult to bond, such as PP.
Some materials take a very good finish, such as Acetal or ABS. Others, typically the softer materials like PP, are not so good.
Some materials like ABS will take a good painted finish, others like PP or PTFE cannot be painted effectively.
Colours are usually natural and in some cases black (eg acetal, PP, ABS).
Please contact Plunkett Associates directly if there is a specific material that you require.
This process uses many different materials that can be digitally combined to offer a range of properties. These range from ‘abs like’ to clear and flexible. As the options are so diverse, it is strongly suggested to contact Plunkett Associates with your application and we will ensure a suitable material(s) is proposed.
The process can build at either 16 micron or 30 micron layers, offering two price/quality options.
Further both hard and flexible materials can be built at the same time offering a one piece overmoulded prototype.
Vacuum casting materials are generally polyurethanes (PU’s) although it is possible to cast some nylons. The range of materials is huge and as such it is impossible to provide a comprehensive list. The best advice is to contact Plunkett Associates with the following information, and we will identify suitable materials.
- production intent material, ie abs or pc like
- any environmental requirements, especially temperature
- aesthetic requirements, colour, texture, printing
- clarity or hardness if required