Virtual Engineering Week | Considerations for Selecting a 3D Printing Material

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Nov 30 - Dec 4, 2020

6 Connected Industries. 1 Virtual Event.

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Virtual Engineering Week is bringing a full week of best-in-class education to the global design, engineering, and manufacturing communities. Join us each morning to hear from medical device industry professionals during the Medtech Mornings series, and in the afternoons to learn from engineering and manufacturing experts in areas like 3D printing, smart manufacturing, packaging, materials and sustainability, and career development.

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Considerations for Selecting a 3D Printing Material

Matt Lewis  (Product Marketer, Formlabs)

Date: Thursday, December 3

Time: 2:00pm - 2:30pm

Track: Plastic Materials & Sustainability

Vault Recording: TBD

Identifying the best material for a specific use case can be challenging. Many engineers and designers are familiar with common manufacturing thermoplastics, but when it comes to photopolymers like SLA 3D printing resins, the sheer volume of unfamiliar options creates added complexity. This session will help navigate the challenges of selecting a 3D printing material using a unique framework which groups resins into functional material families. This framework helps categorize materials that behave relatively similarly under certain conditions, enabling them to be viewed on a spectrum differentiated by only a few key properties. Ultimately, this makes it easier to identify the resin that best meets your design requirements. In utilizing this framework, this session will also cover how to select a material under normal operating conditions, and what to consider when pushing materials to their limits. Additionally, it will discuss some methodologies for comparing SLA resins to common thermoplastics. Topics covered include:

• Benefits of viewing SLA resins in functional groups when selecting a material
• Mechanical properties to consider when selecting an SLA materials
• Comparisons of SLA materials to common thermoplastics