Process Comparison Table

In order to streamline your product development process, it is crucial to select the right prototyping service that best suits your prototyping needs.  We suggest utilising the process selection tool we've prepared specifically for that matter.  Alternatively please refer to the following process comparison table, or contact one of our prototyping consultants that will assist you in choosing the best suitable prototyping solution.

 

SLA

Objet

SLS

CNC

Avg. Tolerance Guide

+/-0.1 per 100mm

+/-0.1 per 100mm

+/-0.25 per 150mm

+/-0.1mm

Smooth Surface Finish

4 levels of finish:

High Polish - for clear transparent components.

Premium - all surfaces sanded smooth

Engineering - all exterior surfaces sanded smooth.

Concept - Build layers present.

Good

 

Slight build lines present.

Fair

 

Consistent granular finish

Excellent surface finish

Fine Feature Detail

Good

Achieves 0.5mm

Excellent

Achieves 0.3mm

Fair

Achieves 0.8mm

Excellent 

Achieves 0.1mm

Some geometry limitations.

Functional Testing

Good

Fair

Excellent

Excellent

Form + Fitment

Excellent

Excellent

Good

Excellent

Materials

Durable Photopolymers

Durable and

Elastomeric Photopolymers

Nylon

GF Nylon

Aluminum Filled

Production plastics and metals.

Soft Materials

N/A

Shore A 27 to 95

N/A

N/A

Semi-transparent

Yes

Yes

N/A

Yes

Clear

N/A

N/A

N/A

Yes

Over-moulds

N/A

Yes

N/A

N/A

Medical Approved

N/A

 

Full cure 720 - medically approved.

N/A

 

N/A

High Heat Applications

N/A

N/A

Excellent

Excellent