Design Guidelines

We’ve put together our trusted tips, tricks and best practices to get you off to a solid start. If you’ve been wondering whether a material allows for interlocking parts or embossing, or if you just want to avoid common design mistakes, check out our handy design guides.

Metal 3D Printing

Pair the design flexibility of 3D Printing with the mechanical properties of metal. From production tools with internal channels to aerospace parts with latticed interiors, any metal application that involves complexity can benefit from Metal 3D Printing.

 

Multi Jet Fusion (MJF)

HP spread waves of excitement throughout the 3D printing world with the announcement of the Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) technology. Discover the new technology that is ideal for when you need short lead times, low porosity and excellent surface quality, for functional prototypes and small series.

Laser Sintering (SLS)

Choose SLS for fully functional prototypes and series of small components, as well as complex, functional end-use parts. With no need for support structures, this technology is suitable for interlocking parts and highly complex designs.

Stereolithography

With a high level of accuracy and surface quality, Stereolithography is mainly used for “show and tell” parts and visual prototypes, as well as for master copies to create vacuum casting molds.

Fused Deposition Modeling

Choose FDM for functional parts and prototypes for form-and-fit testing. FDM offers durable parts with great stability, and short throughput times, which are also suitable for low-volume manufacturing series. This technology uses industrial-grade thermoplastics, resulting in durable parts with stable mechanical properties over time.

PolyJet

PolyJet is ideal for models that require fine details or rubberlike materials, with smooth surfaces. This technology can produce multi-material and multi-color parts, and can match specific Shore A values. Using photopolymers in extremely thin layers, PolyJet can build accurate and detailed parts with fast lead times and no need for post-production finishing.