With FDM printing capabilities in house and a network of specialty 3D printing partners, Perception Engineering has the capabilities to ensure that whether you are in the idea, design or production stage of your product, we are a one stop solution. 


For many products made here at Perception Engineering multiple materials will be used based on your project specifications, below are some of the most common with a brief description. 


PLA (Polylactic Acid) - One of the two most commonly used 3D printing materials. It is the 'default' recommended material for most consumer 3D printers. PLA is useful in a broad range of printing applications, with both oderless and low-warp properties. PLA is the most eco-friendly and requires less energy to process than traditional plastics. This material is widely used outside of 3D printing in food containers, candy wrappers and even medical implants. 

ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) - The second of the two most common materials is used for making durable parts that need to withstand high temperatures and a harsher environment. ABS is less brittle than PLA and it can be post-processed to yield a shiny finish when treated with acetone.

TPE - A flexible material that acts like a flexible rubber. This can be used to make bendable or flexible parts such as belts, stoppers, cell phone cases, or anything that needs to flex during use. 

HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene) - HIPS is a low cost plastic material that is easy to machine and fabricate. HIPS is often specified for low strength structural applications when impact resistance, machinability, and low cost are required. It is frequently used for pre-production prototypes since it has excellent dimensional stability and is easy to fabricate, paint and glue.


Perception Engineering can provide high-quality prints in either PLA or ABS from our in house 3D  printers or direct 3D printing partners.

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