3-D printing manufacturing

Manufacturing Services for 3D Printed PTFE Parts

  • Contract manufacturing

    3D printed PTFE combines the design freedom and supply chain benefits of additive manufacturing with the unparalleled performance of PTFE. 3M acts as a service bureau and contract manufacturer for prototype, small batch, and the serial production of 3D printed parts.

    To learn more about the benefits of PTFE and the new configurations made possible by 3D printing, check out our technology and capabilities and potential applications.

  • Technical expertise and support

    For more than 50 years, 3M has developed and manufactured high-quality PTFE products to help a wide variety of industries meet new challenges. Our experienced application engineers have technical service down to a science, and they will put their extensive material expertise in fluoropolymers to work for you.

    While 3M does not offer part design services, we will help bring your part to life. You don’t need to be an expert in additive manufacturing – that’s what we’re here for. We will create the support structures required for successful part fabrication and will help optimize your designs for 3D printing.

  • Materials and process

    3M’s unique 3D printing technology utilizes open-sourced SLA printers and a proprietary material formulation. The end result is a custom manufactured part with properties and performance comparable to traditionally processed and CNC machined PTFE.

    3M is not licensing this patent-pending technology for third party production at this time. We also do not currently offer either 3D printer equipment or this PTFE material formulation for sale. The best way we can ensure that final parts meet your specifications is to perform strictly controlled processing procedures in-house – giving you a final part that is ready to use.

    For more information, read about our technology and capabilities, PTFE materials, and final part physical properties.

  • Looking ahead: what's next?

    We are exploring the potential for 3D printing PTFE compounds and other fluoropolymer materials in the future.

    Current restrictions
    3M does not currently offer the production of parts controlled by International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Please contact us for additional information if this is required for your application.

Want to learn more?

Check out the links below for more information.

Ready to get started?

Take our Tech Check and download the Design Guidelines (PDF, 217.10 KB) to make sure your part is a good candidate for 3D printing.

If you’re ready to get started, or if you have any questions, please reach out to a 3M expert.

Call 1800-425-3030 (Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time )