3D Printing

What is 3D Printing

3D printing is a machine that can build a physical object simple or complex from a 3D CAD file. 3D printing is also known as additive manufacturing. Parts that are 3D printed are typically built by extruding a material layer by layer till the object is created.

What is the advantage and purpose of 3D printing?

The advantage and purpose of 3D printing is vast. A few key advantages are:

REDUCE COST – Lower machine, material and labor costs

REDUCE TIME – 3D printing parts and products can be manufactured quicker than they can using traditional methods. Complex designs can be created as a CAD model and then transformed into a physical object in just a few hours.

REDUCE ERRORS – Being able to hold your part and testing it for form, fit and functionality will allow you to spot errors and fix them before mass production.

Our 3D Printers

SLA Stereolithography 3D Printer
FFF Fused Filament Fabrication 3D Printer
FDM Fused Deposition Modeling also known as Fused Filament Fabrication FFF

The Differences

Learn What Separates Each Printer

When to Use SLA 3D Printing

  • When intricate details and/or a very smooth surface finish is crucial
  • When strength and durability of the model is not crucial (models made from resin may suffer when exposed to the sun for extended periods)
  • For creating molds for casting to enable mass-production 
  • Great for small parts like jewelry or toy parts

When Is It Best To Use FFF /FDM3D Printing

  • For rapid prototyping
  • For low-cost models
  • For experimenting & testing
  • To hold and do an aesthetic view and feel before production
  • When a precision surface finish isnotcrucial

FDM 3D

Printer What separates this printer from other 3D Printers is its excellent quality prints and affords us to add the following materials.

Onyx – This is our base material and it is 40% stiffer than ABS and it can be printed on its own or reinforced with any of the materials listed below.

Fiberglass – Is 11x more rigid than ABS and 26x more rigid than nylon. We add fiberglass composite when your part needs to be a magnitude stiffer than typical 3Dprinted parts. Great for functional prototypes, fixtures, jigs and end use parts. Carbon

Fiber – Our stiffest, strongest fiber with the highest strength-to-weight ratio. In three-point bending, our 3D printed carbon fiber is 8x stronger than ABS and 20%stronger than the yield strength of aluminum. Carbon fiber is strong enough to replace aluminum at half the weight. Great for robotic arms, inspection fixtures, forming tools and end use parts.

HSHT Fiberglass – HSHT fiberglass has a heat deflection temperature of 150 degreesC (302 degrees F). With superior heat resistance and a flexural strength that is second only to carbon fiber, HSHT fiberglass is ideal for applications requiring high heat and impact resistance or high elasticity. Great for welding fixtures, thermoset molds, thermoforms and mold inserts.

Kevlar – Kevlar is 8x more impact resistant than ABS while remaining 15-20% lighterthan our other reinforcement fibers. Kevlar is best utilized in parts that will take a beating. It’s low density and high durability make it a great option for applications involving a lot of motion or interfacing with production parts. Great for end effectors, cradles, soft jaws, and end use parts.

The build volume on this printer is – 12.59in x 5.19in x 6.06in (320 mm x 132mm x 154mm) Z Layer Resolution – 100 microns or 0.00393701 inches