1. A method of manufacturing an electromagnetic shielding element, comprising the steps of:receiving data defining one or more parameters of an electromagnetic shielding element;
generating a digital model of the electromagnetic shielding element from the one or more parameters;
defining an additive fabrication tool pathway for forming the electromagnetic shielding element according to the digital model;
providing to an additive fabrication tool a molten compound consisting of a substantially pure volume of tungsten substantially evenly distributed throughout a polymeric matrix in a molten state, wherein the molten compound comprises at least 90 percent tungsten by weight and equal to or less than 60 percent tungsten by volume;
dispensing from the additive fabrication tool, the molten compound into a predetermined location according to the tool pathway, wherein the predetermined location defines the shape of the electromagnetic shielding element; and
cooling the molten compound to form a hardened compound comprising the volume of tungsten substantially evenly distributed throughout a single uninterrupted layer of the polymeric matrix in a hardened state to define the electromagnetic shielding element, wherein the electromagnetic shielding element has a density substantially equivalent to lead and exhibits an x-ray radiation attenuation property substantially equivalent to lead.