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Comparing FDM, SLS, and SLA 3D Printing

In-house 3D printing can increase manufacturing speed, reduce costs, enable rapid prototyping, and facilitate innovative products and designs. The popularity of 3D printing has grown as it has established itself as an accessible alternative to traditional manufacturing. However, 3D printing is not a one-size-fits-all technology.  There are three well-known types of 3D printing: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), and Stereolithography (SLA). Each method has its unique benefits.

This 3D printing infographic describes the key differences between FDM, SLS, and SLA 3D printing and provides visuals for each method’s print process. The results of the printed parts differ, so we show the results achieved with the three different 3D printing technologies. It is also important to optimize your workflow and floor space to best implement a professional 3D printer into your office environment.  Lastly, we demonstrate what applications each 3D printing technology is best suited for.

With our handy infographic, you can deepen your understanding of 3D printing technologies and jumpstart your decision making process about which one is best for you.