Plastic Types and Characteristics

3D Printing Applications for Plastics

  • Prototyping

    Solutions that streamline workflow to accelerate digital design, create appearance models and build functional prototypes.

  • Production

    Additive manufacturing at scale for plastic parts is now a reality, with the productivity, durability, repeatability, and lower total cost of operation manufacturers require.

  • Investment Casting

    Accelerate the delivery of high-quality metal products and casting patterns with 3D printed wax and SLA casting patterns.

  • Jigs and Fixtures

    Produce accurate jigs and fixtures with 3D printing to provide a fast and cost-effective way to advance your manufacturing process.

  • Explore the Best 3D Printing Technologies

    3D Systems invented 3D printing. We produce hundreds of thousands of plastic parts with our printers, plastic materials, services and specialized software. How can we help you?
  • Our Software Delivers Results

    Software is the key to transforming data from 3D scans, illuminating designs, and inspecting part quality, and is used every day to enable manufacturing for traditional and 3D-based manufacturing processes. Explore our end-to-end software portfolio today.
“With 3D printing, the real strengths so far are complexity and customization. If you have a manufacturing process where you need a lot of detail or a lot of differentiation between parts, that’s where 3D printing can play.”
— Chuck Hull, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, 3D Systems
  • Application Innovation Group

    Our team can help you solve your most difficult design and production challenges with additive manufacturing solutions. Together we’ll identify your needs, working with you to optimize your designs, prototype, validate and define a manufacturing flow.
Explore Real-World Examples of Applications
Chihui reduced delivery times and costs by more than 30 percent, significantly improving production efficiency with help from 3D Systems

Hangzhou Chihui Electronic Technology Co., Ltd. is a 3D printing service provider for production and manufacturing. The company focuses on providing 3D digital technology application solutions, innovating traditional manufacturing through 3D printing technology and helping customers solve complex challenges with printed products. Its key customers include Interplex and well-known automotive companies. Interplex is a global leader in applying technology to develop complex, customized products and solutions across a continually expanding range of design and production disciplines.

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3D Systems’ Figure 4 eggshell molding solution gives BWT Alpine F1 Team unprecedented speed and flexibility to produce silicone and polyurethane parts for development and on-car use....
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Hankook Develops Award-Winning Autonomous Mobility Solution with Figure 4 and SLS Additive Manufacturing Solutions
Hankook Develops Award-Winning Autonomous Mobility Solution with Figure 4 and SLS Additive Manufacturing Solutions...
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  • Materials Buyer’s Guide for Plastics

    An overview of the 3D printing materials landscape. You’ll uncover a wide array of plastic materials, which deliver a vast range of characteristics such as flexibility to bio-compatibility and more, ensuring you have a material suited to your specific application’s requirements.