The right material for the rapid prototyping job.
When you think "rapid prototyping" via 3D printing you
might think of models that aren't particularly robust, models that
are more show than go. But materials and equipment providers are
developing materials that are functional as well as attractive. RP
materials come in a variety of options from plastics to metals, and they
are capable of simulating properties ranging from rubber to tough
ABS-grade plastics to transparent materials. With the use of these
materials, designers and engineers can manufacture detailed parts and
models more quickly and cost-effectively.
According to Oleg Yermanok, corporate applications engineer for
Massachusetts-based Objet Inc. (objet.com), the company's newest
materials tout better stiffness and higher-temperature resistance.
Here's a little bit more about what the most recently released
materials (the company offers more than 60 total) have to offer: