How to choose materials
When selecting materials, consider material properties, manufacturability characteristics, appearance and cost. Lori offers a wide selection of metal and plastic materials with a variety of color, infill and hardness options, and an extensive list of manufacturing capabilities to meet the specific requirements of your project. The following tips may help you determine the best material type for your parts:
1. Metal produces parts with higher tolerances than plastic.
2. Plastics warp slightly over time due to hygroscopicity and thermal exposure but are generally less costly to manufacture than metals.
3. Sheet metal parts usually cost less thancnc machined parts.
4. Stainless steel and aluminum are often the most cost-effective optionsfor prototyping and low-volume orders.
Stainless Steel is a steel alloy which contains a minimum of 10% chromium. The additional chromium provides a pristine surface finish and exceptional corrosion resistance not found in carbon steels.