MINIMUM ORDER: $180 + GST

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.

To get more information and pricing, please 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).

3D Printing via Stereolithography (SLA)

Stereolithography (SLA) 3D Printer - Form 2

We can provide you with 3D prints via Stereolithography (SLA). From our experience SLA 3D Printing is the best 3D Printing technology. Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) 3D prints are high precision, but are weak and generally not suitable for function testing. In the past we have used FDM 3D Printing for function testing, due to its high strength. However SLA is just as strong as FDM, if not stronger with some resins. The only issue with SLA is it is more costly.

In summary SLA 3D Printing is high resolution, high strength & precision, and outstanding surface finish!

SLA Printing Areas

  • Form-2 - 145 L x 145 W x 175 H mm

NOTE: We can create bigger parts, via splitting and gluing.

SLA Resolution

0.05mm or 0.025mm (however we generally do flexible at 0.1mm).

NOTE: We can do higher resolutions, if you would like to save on time and machine-hour costs.

Tech Specs / Resin Datasheets

https://formlabs.com/3d-printers/tech-specs/

SLA Material / Resin

Standard Resin - Delivers the highest-quality output, captures astonishing detail without sacrificing durability and toughness.

Heat Deflection Temp:
@ ~65 psi73°C
@ ~260 psi58°C

High Temp Resin - Has an HDT of 289°C @ 0.45 MPa—the highest on the 3D Printing materials market. This material is great for static applications that will undergo higher temperatures. High Temp can also be used for production processes such as casting and thermoforming.

Heat Deflection Temp:
@ ~65 psi289°C
@ ~260 psi130°C

Tough Resin - Designed to simulate ABS plastic, with comparable tensile strength and modulus. Perfect for functional prototyping, this sturdy, shatter-resistant material has been developed to withstand high stress and strain.

Flexible Resin - Simulates an 80A durometer rubber. Use this versatile material to produce parts that need to bend and compress. Flexible is excellent for simulating soft-touch materials and adding ergonomic features to multi-material assemblies. Printing is a quicker process then FDM flexible and with a much smaller layer resolution (0.1mm), resulting in a very nice finished compared to FDM flexible printing however, the material is more expensive.

Durable Resin - Designed to simulate polypropylene (PP) plastic, with comparable low modulus and high-impact strength. Use this wear-resistant, ductile material when parts require deformation and a smooth, glossy finish.

Castable Resin - Formulated to capture breathtaking detail, allowing you to prototype jewelry cost effectively. Designed to capture precise details and smooth surfaces. It burns out cleanly without ash or residue, allowing jewelers and casting houses to go straight from digital design to a 3D print suitable for direct investment casting.

Dental Model Resin - Designed for crown and bridge models with removable dies, Dental Model Resin is a high-precision, high-accuracy resin. Print crisp margins and contacts within ± 35 microns, and removable dies with consistently tight fit. A smooth, matte surface finish and color similar to gypsum make it easy to switch from analog to digital model production.

Dental SG Resin - An autoclavable, Class 1 biocompatible resin, Dental SG is designed for printing precise surgical guides and similar devices. Read our white paper to learn how we verified the performance of Dental SG, now trusted by clinicians for thousands of implant surgeries.

Dental LT Clear Resin - A Class IIa biocompatible resin, the high fracture and wear resistance of Dental LT Clear make it ideal for splints, retainers, and other direct-printed orthodontic devices. With a clear color, it polishes to high optical transparency for beautiful final products. Dental LT Clear will be availble for purchase soon, sign up below for updates.

3D Printing via Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D Printer - MakerBot Replicator Z18

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: We can create bigger parts, via splitting and plastic welding or gluing.

FDM Resolution

0.1mm (however we generally do flexible at 0.25mm).

NOTE: We can do higher resolutions, if you would like to save on time and machine-hour costs.

FDM Material / Filament

Other materials/colours are possible, but adds lead time.

ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) Filament - A copolymer which is made of styrene, acryl and butadiene. It is impact resistant and tough. Suitable for most prototypes, expect long thin objects. Can shrink when cooling down. Suffers from thermal contraction issues (up to +/- 1mm on large parts).

PLA (Polylactic Acid) Filament - A degradable bioplastic derived from plants. Suitable for long thin objects. Crystallise when cooling down, so can do bigger shapes.

PET (Strongest) Filament - Stronger than many ABS filaments and has the higher print success rates of PLA. Ideal for anything functional that needs toughness with some flex.

Primalloy (Flexible) Filament - Pliable rubber material with outstanding heat, oil and abrasion resistance as well as superior mechanical strength.

NinjaFlex (Flexible) Filament - Uniquely flexible, strong prints ideal for direct-drive extruders. Suitable for seals, gaskets, plugs, leveling feet, protective applications. Needs to be printed at slower speeds with a larger layer resolution (0.25mm), which may result in showing visible layer lines.

How Do We 3D Print Your Object?

To 3D print an object, a 3D computer model is required. You have three options:

  1. 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).
  2. Ask us to create your 3D computer model.
  3. 3D scanning and post-processing.

Our capacity: 1x SLA 3D printer and 2x FDM 3D printers.

How Do We Charge?

Our printing prices are based on three factors:

  1. Man-hours: Includes print setup, part removal, support material removal, hand finishing where required, assembly if required, and in some large part cases gluing or plastic welding. This is done at our typical mechanical engineers hourly rate.
  2. Machine-hours: Rate based on type of machine (e.g. SLA or FDM). This is a low hourly rate.
  3. Materials: The cost of the filament or resin used for the print. The material includes the actual part and the support material. Generally a negligible cost.

Our minimum order is $180 + GST, mostly due to the labour involved for support material removal and hand finishing if/where required.

One-off Part?

Are you looking for a one-off part to replace something that is broken, or no longer on the market? Unfortunately, we are confident that in most cases 3D Printing services is not financially feasible.

Generally 3D Printing is used for new product development prototyping. And therefore is a cheaper alternative to production methods such as plastic injection moulding, blow moulding, etc.

Our Clients

Amazing Customer Testimonials

We met with Luke Cole from COLETEK and very quickly realised that he was very knowledgeable in robotics and prototyping. What separates his company from the rest, is that he had a unique value proposition - COLETEK offers a tele-operated / robotic unit for rent and with the flexibility to be modified to build proof-of-concepts. That unit lowered both the cost and time for us to produce a video showing a very challenging concept. In general COLETEK's service was great value. We would recommend them - they will get it done.

Miguel Araos Miguel Araos
Mining3, Brisbane

We engaged COLETEK to conduct a series of research projects on robotics and we very pleased with their technical skill, creative thinking and hard work. If you need to prototype a complex technical idea, they are a great partner to work with.

thumb Stephen Phillips
Mawson Ventures, Brisbane

We had the pleasure of doing business with COLETEK who provided us with service work. Their level of service and the quality of their work is exceptional. They communicated with us through the entire process to let us know when the work would be completed. We are very happy to have worked with them.

thumb Steve Sennett
RPX Technologies Inc., Oklahoma, USA

As the proprietor a DIY environmentally pest control products business I have been more then impressed with COLETEK's design capability and professionalism in assisting to realise an idea into reality. From concept, CAD drawings, 3D modelling, alterations right through to the finished product. I am extremely happy with our new termite control product. I have no hesitation in recommending COLETEK's services.

thumb Paul Faranda
EBC Enviro Bug Control, Northern Rivers

I consulted COLETEK for some work, commencing in 2014, and haven’t looked back. The project was very important to me, and COLETEK not only saw that but exuded sincere enthusiasm about the project; they are attentive, and thorough in their research and development service. They are a wealth of information and advice, for many aspects of the entire engineering and commercialization space, and this has been invaluable to me. I look forward to continuing work with them long into the future!

thumb Josh Goicoechea
Evios Pty Ltd, Brisbane

In the development of our new product Smart Syphon we had a tight deadline to launch the commercial version of our product and experienced some issues with our drawings. Luke and his team dealt with the issues, worked through the week-end and delivered a quality outcome on time.

thumb Gavin Kelly
Islex Australia Pty Ltd, Brisbane

Our company has been working with COLETEK and Luke Cole for several years. Luke is very intelligent in many areas and has provided us with excellent designs and service. With the addition of a marketing section to provide brochures, packaging, etc. COLETEK is a one-stop shop. Based on our experience, we would highly recommend Luke and his company.

thumb Adrian Morgante
Intelligent Inventions Ltd, Gold Coast

COLETEK have provided one to one communication throughout the development process and gone above and beyond in bringing our ideas closer to becoming a reality! Luke's expertise and knowledge with computer software and electronics is Jedi like, but what I liked most about working with him was his willingness and ability to think outside of the box.

thumb Jarrod Stephens
Sydney

Great prototype product made to our specs with minimal fuss. Delivered on time and within budget. Thanks team.

thumb Mike Haines
Haines Video Productions, Sunshine Coast

I would thoroughly recommend COLETEK they provided me with excellent feedback and engineering knowledge with regards to our idea. They also have continued to help us with what direction we should take and introduced us to other professionals that have also guided us. I suggest anyone who has been thinking of something they would like to pursue should contact them to get the most realistic approach of making it successful.

Greg Franich
Brisbane

I had a technical design and prototype job I needed done and had contacted two companies in Brisbane before I discovered COLETEK. From my first conversation with Luke, I knew that he was the best person for the job and he delivered under budget and within the required timeframe. The device he manufactured for my company will save us thousands of dollars and it is highly likely that we will on-sell the device to similar organisations. I recommend COLETEK for any design and prototype work you can imagine for your business.

thumb James Hourigan
Eraza Laser, Townsville

We worked with Luke from COLETEK to develop a prototype for a new venture. Luke was able to give us practical advice on how to execute the project inline with our budget that was super useful. What has been endearing, is that even after the build was complete, Luke continues to touch base with us offering help to keep the momentum of the project going forward.

thumb Matthew Hayden
Conversion Kings, Brisbane

Thank you for the fast and efficient service you have provided us over the years for 3D printing prototypes of specialised containers we are developing to manufacture. The 3D printing has been beneficial in perfecting and obtaining the perfect containers to suit the purpose and our needs.

thumb Linda Lonsdale
Rowdy's, Tweed Coast

After approaching COLETEK with a few sketches of a plumbing tool I had in mind Luke and I immediately bounced a few ideas around. Leaving things with Luke he quickly produced some 3D images and ideas we subsequently used. Before long COLETEK produced an operational 3D printed prototype of the tool. I was then able to use this prototype to seek funding for further research and development.

Kyle Berryman
Brisbane

We have used COLETEK on a couple of occasions and found their service to be professional and on time. We specialise in engineering and design of height safety equipment and since a lot of parts are made by casting from stainless steel we require a quick model before we proceed with the tool manufacture. COLETEK has been able to provide this quickly saving us valuable time and giving us peace of mind knowing our parts will look right when casted from stainless steel.

thumb Jan Kroupa
Safety Roof Anchors, Sydney

I'm in the early stages of my prototype design. I have worked with Luke for a couple of years now and in that time I have found Luke to be very reliable, responsible with my design, honest and trustworthy. What stood out the most was Luke's pride and commitment that he undertakes to ensure a positive outcome. I consider it a privilege to call Luke an associate and have no hesitation in encouraging others to do the same.

Linda Wells
Sunshine Coast

We recently engaged the services of COLETEK to perform some penetration testing on our systems. We found Luke flexible and accommodating with our specific needs. Luke provide what we needed to show our clients our security measures with our systems. I would have no hesitation in recommending Luke.

thumb Nathan Murray
etrainu, Brisbane

As a leading technology solutions provider we carefully choose our partners to outsource some of our projects. Black Box has partnered with COLETEK in delivering numerous projects. Every single time they have delivered work of highest standard and meet our project deadlines. It's a pleasure to work with COLETEK team headed by Luke and hope to work on many more projects in the future.

thumb Sudhir Kumar
Black Box Network Services Pty Ltd, Melbourne

You can rest assured, knowing that you are about to invest in a great service delivered by absolute professionals. COLETEK are extremely knowledgeable and deliver timely service with a courteous and customer centric approach. I originally employed COLETEK to assist with security camera installation but have since asked their advice on a number of innovative related matters, always with a solution. If you need a team of top tier consultants and service providers, for any technology-based project, then you have come to the right place.

thumb Martin Dominick
The K9 Centre AUS, Brisbane

I have outsourced many projects through COLETEK over the years for a variety of applications. Applications such as a online based software platform that pulls live data feeds and updates in real-time to the user. A custom built website for adding users and products that achieved over 20,000 listings. Mobile applications. Data recovery and hardware repair. Custom SEO services and secure hosting services. I choose COLETEK because I know that a job will get done as requested and within a reasonable time frame. Also I'm a stickler for security and they're the best.

Matthew Krause
Gold Coast