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
  • On Demand Printing and Digital Manufacturing

    We provide professional-grade online 3D printing and manufacturing services that empower designers and engineers with the tools to design, iterate, and produce quality parts directly from digital 3D files.

Explore Real-World Examples of Applications

  • Parts printed on Figure 4 Standalone at 3Dprintedparts.com

    3DPrintedParts.com Extends Same-Day Shipping with Figure 4 Standalone

    Figure 4 Standalone enables contract manufacturer to exceed customer expectations with injection-molded quality 3D printed parts.

  • denture-base-printed-in-less-than-30-minutes-on-nextdent-5100

    Prosthodontist Achieves Same-Day Dentures with NextDent 5100

    Dr. Michael Scherer transforms patient experience and expedites dental production with the NextDent 5100 3D printer.

  • Wax 3D printed impeller printed by Invest Cast on the 3D Systems ProJet MJP 2500 IC

    Invest Cast: Wax 3D Printing Is Next Gen for Investment Casting

    Wax 3D printing solution for the digital foundry helps Invest Cast Inc. dramatically cut time and cost for cast parts and grow business.

  • Briggs & Stratton SLS V-Twin intake manifold

    Briggs & Stratton Uses SLS Printing to Develop and Qualify Engine Parts

    Engine manufacturer churns out hundreds of SLS parts to validate new designs, including on-engine testing.

  • Get Started with 3D Printing Today

    3D Systems invented 3D printing over 30 years ago. Put our expertise to work for you today.