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The Complete Guide to 3D Printing Plastic Parts with PolyJet

What Is PolyJet?

PolyJet is a photocuring 3D printing process also referred to as material jetting and inkjet printing. Watch our PolyJet Technology Video to learn more about How PolyJet Works.

Materials

3D print parts with shore A and shore D materials. Get a Quote, Get Design Services, or use our Material Wizard to get additional answers about making your part with PolyJet.

Applications

The most common PolyJet applications are Rapid Prototyping, Concept Modeling and Anatomical Modeling.

Solutions

Our team has decades of experience with 3D printing and knows how to use PolyJet to make your specific application. Contact an Engineer to start your project.

FAQs

Got questions about PolyJet? We've got answers.

What Is PolyJet?

an anatomical model of a human head 3d printed using polyjet 3d printing technologyCreate prototypes, models and patterns in unparalleled resolution and detail with PolyJet. See your design come to fruition in vibrant color and end-product feel.

With over 100 material combinations to choose from, you can incorporate diverse material properties and aesthetics – including flexibility and opacity – directly into your component.

Realistic Finishes with PolyJet

PolyJet is the perfect solution for designers who want realistic models but have to contend with inconsistent color results and rough finishes.

PolyJet is the fastest technology in the Stratasys Direct arsenal, with parts ready to be shipped in hours.

Multi-Material Build with PolyJet

3D printing with PolyJet allows you to incorporate multiple materials into a single print, resulting in quick production of realistic parts and design iterations early in the product development life cycle.

3D printing with PolyJet means the smoothest precision possible with fine resolutions that bring delicate features to life.

How Does PolyJet Work?

PolyJet builds by jetting layers of liquid photopolymer at 27 microns (0.00106”) layer by layer as a UV light cures simultaneously.

PolyJet can print rigid and flexible materials in a single build to create over-molded parts without tooling. The technology delivers parts with shore hardness ranging from 30A-95A.

Because PolyJet doesn’t require hard tooling to deliver an over-molded part, it is frequently used for prototypes requiring an elastomeric surface, such as grips or buttons, or for testing material hardness.

What PolyJet Applications Can I Make?

Using our wide variety of PolyJet materials, you can combine several materials to simulate over-molding, build flexible and multi-colored parts, and create complex models.

With a range of photopolymers to address functionality and cosmetic needs, PolyJet offers a cost effective and efficient solution for prototyping or modeling.

PolyJet Materials for You

Years of PolyJet experience has made us experts in achieving amazing 3D printed components for your industry in a range of materials.

Materials for 3D Printing Parts with PolyJet

Discover an incredible range of PolyJet material options and even combine several materials into one model. Defy the prototyping-impossible and simulate over-molding, build flexible and multi-colored parts, and create complex models as fine as 16 microns in high definition (27 microns is standard).



Material

Description Benefits Applications Properties

Vero (Rigid)

Vero is a rigid and durable photopolymer resin ideal for producing beautiful, realistic, dimensionally accurate concept models where feature definition and a smooth surface finish are required.
  • Produces excellent fine feature detail
  • Quickly and economically produces parts
  • Available in 27µm (0.00106”) Z resolution
  • Available in multi-color or the following single colors: white, black, clear, blue, cyan, yellow, magenta
  • Highly accurate presentation models
  • Smaller parts with complex features
  • Medical devices and components
  • Electronic housings
  • Suitable for a wide range of industries
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Agilus 30A - 95A (Flexible)

Agilus is a PolyJet Photopolymer with superior tear-resistance, capable of withstanding repeated flexing and bending. The ideal material for rapid prototyping and design validation, this rubber-like material simulates the look, feel and function of rubber-like products.
  • Rubber-like, elastomeric material available in translucent and black colors
  • Well suited for precise models, complex shapes and intricate details
  • Smooth surface finish
  • Available in Shore A values of 30A, 40A, 50A, 60A, 70A, 85A and 95A
  • Realistic simulation of rubber parts
  • Soft-touch parts and non-slip surfaces
  • Rubber-like surrounds and over molding
  • Knobs, grips, seals, gaskets, hoses, handles, etc.
  • Footwear and clothing (wearables)
  • Masks and covers
  • Living hinges
  • Jigs and fixtures
  • Human anatomy (heart and vasculature) 
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Agilus over Vero (Overmold)

Overmolding is the process of manufacturing a component with flexible and rigid elements in a single build process. In the PolyJet Overmold process, the technology combines the rubber-like Agilus material (the overmold) with the Vero materials (the substrate) according to the design specifications.
  • Freedom to design your model in a wide variety of color and hardness levels
  • Choose from 500,000 possible colors for the rigid, Vero component of your design
  • For the flexible component of your design, choose from a variety of Agilus Shore A (durometer) levels ranging from 30A though 95A
  • Concept modeling elastomeric product features
  • Testing out durometers and gauging the right durometer for a new product
  • Creating soft touch surfaces for temporary housings for delicate designs
  • Manufacturing aids with soft touch surface for new prototype design
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Digital ABS Plus

Digital ABS Plus™ is designed to simulate standard ABS plastics by combining high-temperature resistance with toughness.
  • Ivory, rigid and opaque
  • Suitable for simulating parts that require high-impact resistance and shock absorption
  • Significantly improves the mechanical performance of parts and prototypes for design verification and functional performance testing
  • Rapid prototyping snap-fit parts for high or low temperature use
  • Functional designs with multi-material versatility and flexibility
  • Molds
  • Manufacturing tools
  • Electrical parts
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Rigur

Rigur is a tough and durable material that simulates polypropylene. It is engineered to deliver reliable performance and impressive dimensionally-stable prototypes.
  • White, rigid and opaque
  • Simulated polypropylene photopolymer
  • Improved toughness
  • Increased dimensional stability
  • Excellent surface finish
  • Bright white color
  • Ideal for flexible closures and living hinges
  • Reusable containers and packaging
  • Industries including consumer goods, household appliances, consumer electronics, and automotive parts
DATASHEET

Get a Quote

Ready to make your part with PolyJet? Upload your CAD file now to select your material and generate an instant quote.

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Get Design Services

Need some assistance with your 3D design? Our design services team offers a suite of solutions, including file creation and file repair.

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Use Material Wizard

Want to compare PolyJet material properties? Use our material wizard to find out which materials meet your part's requirements.

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PolyJet Applications

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Rapid Prototyping

Evaluate design iterations and bring ideas to life fast with PolyJet.

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Concept Modeling

Take advantage of PolyJet’s multi-color and multi-material print options for true-to-product aesthetics.

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Anatomical Models

Order true to life anatomical models for realistic treatment simulations.

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PolyJet Parts from 3D Printing Pioneers

a black agilus30 part manufactured using the polyjet 3d printing processPrecise PolyJet parts take a team of experts behind the machine, ensuring optimized designs produce perfect builds.

At Stratasys Direct, our PolyJet services are backed by more than just Stratasys’ industry leadership; we have nearly thirty years experience in 3D printing and a tireless team of engineers ready to assist with every step of your project.

The use of PolyJet in a range of industries has led us to develop unique solutions in post-processing and material development in order to serve customers with versatile needs.

Our PolyJet Quality Controls

With quality certifications ISO 9001 and AS9100 certifications and ITAR registration, our team of engineers won’t rest until your requirements are met for precise parts.

Not sure where to start? Our experts are here to help.

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PolyJet Resources

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Surgical Simulation on 3D Printed Brain Models

Neurosurgical society improves patient outcomes with PolyJet brain models

Neurosurgical society improves patient outcomes with PolyJet brain models

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Stronger, More Flexible PolyJet Parts

Enhance PolyJet flexible parts with Agilus30

The 33.5 lb/in (6 kg/cm) tear strength of Agilus is twice as strong as the previous flexible material offered at Stratasys Direct.

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PolyJet Multi-Color

Optimize designs for full color and graphic textures on prototypes and concept models.

Optimize designs for full color and graphic textures on prototypes and concept models.

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Frequently Asked Questions About PolyJet

a green polyjet 3d printed egg beater concept modelHow fast is PolyJet compared to other 3D printing technologies?

PolyJet is extremely fast – the fastest of all our technologies.

The actual turnaround time depends on the size of the component and desired resolution, but we ship most parts within 2 or 3 days upon receiving the order.

What level of detail can be obtained with PolyJet?

PolyJet is excellent at producing fine feature detail. At its highest resolution, PolyJet can build in layers as thin as 0.00063” and with an X/Y resolution of 0.0017”.

Can components built with PolyJet function as production parts?

Yes, they can be used in some production and end-use applications. At Stratasys Direct, we have internal production uses of PolyJet.

However, PolyJet materials are photocured resin which do not remain stable with prolonged exposure to UV light.

Some high-requirement production applications are better suited to technologies that utilize thermoplastics like FDM and Laser Sintering.

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