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Res Solutions: Selecting The Right Materials For Your Parts

Source: Protolabs, Inc.
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Figure 1: Protomold offers a number of different materials that possess varying degrees of strength, flexibility, resistance, lubricity and other benefits.

By choosing the right resin, you can improve the form, fit, and function of your parts. With more than 85,000 commercial options for plastic materials listed in materials databases, however, that selection process can be a daunting task. This reference guide was prepared to help with the selection process by outlining the benefits and applications of some of the most commonly molded materials.