FDM/FFF (Fused Deposit Modeling/Fused Filament Fabrication)
This is the cheapest and most widely available 3D printing technique, wherein a spool of plastic is additively melted to create a form. Materials: PLA (polylactic acid), ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), Nylon (polyamide), Polycarbonate, etc.
- Soul Plates
- Inexpensive printer hardware
- Widely available
- Easy to use/learn/get started with
- Cheap consumables
- Not that strong without heat treatment/chemical post-processing. Still less durable than injection molded plastic.
- Slow: 10+ hours for a frame
SLS (Selective Laser Sintering)
Plastic (usually nylon/polyamide) powder is mechanically spread and ...