With 3D printing we can provide rapid prototyping or final solutions for you ideas, or products. 3D printing is the future of product development for all plastic shapes, which can be assembled together to more complex (possible moving) prototype or product. To learn more about 3D printing please see Wikipedia.
Please understand that 3D printing is for fast prototyping
method, so its more expensive then injection moulding.
How Do We 3D Print Your Object
To 3D print an object, a 3D computer model is required. This can be created via:
- Email us your 3D computer model - we accept most file types,
however we would prefer a STL (.stl), OBJ
(.obj), STEP (.stp) or IGES (.igs).
- Ask us to create your 3D computer model.
- 3D scanning and post-progressing.
Our capacity: 1x SLA 3D printer and 2x FDM 3D printers.
Stereolithography (SLA) 3D printing
We can provide you with 3D prints via Stereolithography (SLA). From
our experiences it is the best 3D printing technology. It is more
costly and higher precision then FDM, however stronger and better
surface finish then Selective laser sintering (SLS).
SLA Printing Areas
- Form-2 - 145 L x 145 W x 175 H mm
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printing
We can also provide you with 3D prints via Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printers, which is great for quick validation of your physical design. The primary issue with these prints is shrinkage and warpage can occur on models and is purely geometry dependent.
FDM Printing Areas
- Replicator Z18 - 305 L x 305 W x 457 H mm
- Replicator 2X - 246 L x 152 W x 155 H mm
- NOTE: can do bigger by plastic welding (or gluing) parts together.
We can print various materials, as listed below. There is size limitation depending on the material and geometry as the ABS shrink when cooling down whereas the PLA crystallise when cooling down (can do bigger shapes).
At the moment we have the following filament/colour options:
- PET (Strongest)
- NinjaFlex (Flexible)
Other materials/colours are possible, but adds lead time.