Additive Manufacturing | 3D Printing Services


Last Updated: 2021-09-13T05:00:00Z

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The 3D Printing Configurator is a new service offering Additive Manufacturing services to Digi-Key’s customers. Turn your 3D models – whether they be mechanical, enclosures, gidgets or gadgets – into tangible items to complete your projects.

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Brief Sales Specifications:

Now shipping to US Only locations
Processing Time: approx. 5-7 days
Printing locations: San Jose, Seattle or Guadalajara.

Technology Differences:

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HP Multi-Jet Fusion (MJF)

High speed sintering (HSS) is a production grade additive manufacturing process that produces both functional prototypes and end use parts. Parts made are nearly isotropic – meaning high strength in all 3 dimensions. HSS has a high economy of scale by utilizing batch printing principles which lower part cost. There is no support material necessary in this printing technology, which makes it a great place to start with part conversion from injection molding. There are only 3 materials available for HSS, and is often expensive compared to some other 3D Printing methods. The surface finish is porous, and often will need primer if being painted.

Fused Deposition Filament (FDM) and Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) Printing Process

FDM is the most common and simple 3D printing method that offers mid-range quality and variety of materials. It uses an extrusion process utilizing filament. Parts are printed layer by layer from the bottom upwards. There are a wide range of materials offered when compared to other Additive manufacturing methods. This process allows for large parts to be printed in a variety of materials, many of which are certified for regulated industries. FDM/FFF offers a lower quality surface finish and dimensional accuracy, parts are also not isotropic, and are weaker where the bonds lay, especially in the Z direction. FFF/FDM also does not offer economies of scale, because it can only produce one part at a time and does not utilize batch printing.

Learn more here: Fused filament fabrication - Wikipedia

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)

Similar to HSS, parts print inside a powder bed, but SLS utilizes a laser fusion system. It has a larger build envelope allowing for larger part production and has a larger material set than HSS. Parts can be used for nearly isotropic functional models, great for prototyping, bridge production, and in some cases serial production.

Learn more here: Selective laser sintering - Wikipedia

Machine Specifications, Physical Size Limitations and Accuracy

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Process Machine Size X,Y, Z accuracy Materials Printed
MJF HP MJF 4200 380 x 284 x 380 mm +/- .3mm and .3% over 100mm HP 3D HR PA12, HP 3D HR PA12GB, HP 3D HR PA11. Click to see HP Materials Brochure
FDM Stratasys 450mc 406 x 355 x 406 mm Parts are produced within an accuracy of ± .127 mm (± .005 in.) or ± .0015 mm/mm (± .0015 in/in), whichever is greater. ABS-M30, ABS-M30i, ABS-ESD7, ASA, PC-ISO, PC, PC-ABS, FDM Nylon 12, FDM Nylon 6, ST-130, Ultem 9085, Ultem 1010. View All Stratasys Materials Here
FDM Stratasys 900mc 914 x 610 x 914 mm Parts are produced within an accuracy of: ± .09 mm (.0035 in) or ± .0015 mm/mm (.0015 in/in), whichever is greater. ABS-M30. ABS-M30i, ABS-ESD7, Antero 800NA, ASA, PC-ISO, PC, PC-ABS, PPSF, FDM Nylon 12, FDM Nylon 12CF, FDM Nylon 6, ST-130, Ultem 9085, Ultem 1010. View All Stratasys Materials Here
FFF Ultimaker (UM2,UM3,S5,S3) 223 x 220 x 205 mm Any compatible market material
SLS EOS P396 340 x 340 x 600 mm +/- .3mm and .3% over 100mm EOS PA2200, ALM FR106, JEM PA4050GB
SLS EOS P770 700 x 380 x 580 mm +/- .3mm and .3% over 100mm EOS PA2200, ALM FR106
SLS Farsoon HT1001P 1000 x 500 x 450 mm +/- .3mm and .3% over 100mm JEM PA4000, PA4050GB
SLS Farsoon HT403P 400×400×450 mm +/- .3mm and .3% over 100mm JEM PA4000, PA050GB

Accepted File Formats

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File Type File Extension
3DXML .3dxml
3MF .3mf
ACIS .sat, .sab, .asat, .assab
CATIA V4 .model, .exp, .session
CATIA V5 1 .CATPart, CATProduct4
3DExperience (CATIA V6) 2 .CATPart, .CATProduct4, .3dxml
IGES .igs, .iges
Inventor 4 .ipt (V6 – V2019), .iam (V11-V2019)
JT .jt
JT Direct .jt
NX 5 .prt
NX Direct 5 .prt
OBJ .obj
Parasolid 6 .x_t, .xmt_txt, .x_b, .xmt_bin, .p_b, .xmp_bin, .p_t, .xmp_txt
Parasolid Direct 6 .x_t, .xmt_txt, .x_b, .xmt_bin, .p_b, .xmp_bin, .p_t, .xmp_txt
Pro/E / Creo 7 .prt, .asm4
Rhino 14 .3dm
Solid Edge 8 .par, .asm4, .psm
Solid Edge Direct 8 .par, .asm4, .psm
SolidWorks 9, 10 .sldprt, sldasm4
SolidWorks Direct 9,10 .sldprt, .sldsm4
STEP .stp, .step
STL .stl
VDA-FS .vda