Digi-Key offers custom 3D printing services. Start by uploading a 3D model to our Jabil 3D Parts Printing Tool for an instant quote for additive services. Additive manufacturing is a great application for prototype iteration for when you need quick parts, jigs, fixtures, tooling and handling accessories. Jabil’s global facilities feature different colors and printer technologies to fit the right machine and materials for your project. Most projects are able to be printed and shipped out within 5 business days. Printing materializes in our Mexico, San Francisco locations and prints ship free to US locations.
Multi-Jet Fusion (MJF) 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. MJF has a high economy of scale by utilizing batch printing principles which lower part cost. Parts print in a powder bed so there is no support material necessary in this printing technology making it a great place to start with part conversion from injection molding. The surface finish is porous, and often will need primer if being painted.
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), also known as Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF), is the most common and simple 3D printing method that offers mid-range quality and variety of materials, many of which are certified for regulated industries. FDM 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. It uses an extrusion process utilizing filament. Parts are printed layer by layer from the bottom upwards. Because of this, FFF/FDM does not offer economies of scale since it can only produce one part at a time and does not utilize batch printing.
Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) builds upon the same characteristics as the Multi Jet Fusion process: parts print inside a powder bed allowing scalability, the models all feature isotropic features. The difference is that SLS utilizes a laser fusion system. It has a larger build envelope allowing for larger part production and has a larger material set. Parts can be used for nearly isotropic functional models.