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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.

Potential Applications

  • Soul Plates
  • Buckles
  • Frames
  • Boots

PRO

  • Inexpensive printer hardware
  • Widely available
  • Easy to use/learn/get started with
  • Cheap consumables

CON

  • 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 ...

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