3D Technologies

On Demand Manufacturing for Prototyping or Production

STEREOLITHOGRAPHY (SLA)
Great for concept models, rapid prototypes, master patterns, snap-fit assemblies, and form-and-fit testing.

Stereolithography (SLA) utilizes a vat of liquid photopolymer resin cured by an ultraviolet (UV) laser to solidify the pattern layer-by-layer. This process creates a solid 3D model from 3D data supplied by the customer. The SLA process addresses the widest range of rapid manufacturing applications.

  • Highest accuracy and smoothest surface finish of all 3D printed parts
  • Large material selection – rigid, durable, clear, and resistant to high-temps
  • Wide variety of post-processing options
  • Prototypes for form and fit testing
  • Presentation models for displays and tradeshows
  • Short lead times
  • High-resolution settings
  • Large build platforms available

Tolerances for high-resolution:

  • X/Y planes: +/- .005” for the first inch, plus +/- .002” for every inch thereafter
  • Z plane: +/- .010” for the first inch, plus +/- .002” for every inch thereafter
  • Minimum feature size: under 0.015”

Highlights:

  • Excellent for fit and testing 
  • Parts with smooth surfaces and fine details 
  • Ideal for visual prototypes, design verifications, and trade shows 
  • Easily finished and painted for demonstration/presentation models 
  • Industry-leading large part capability (machine bed: 150 x 750 x 550 cm) 

Direct Metal Printing (DMP)
Improve functionality, reduce weight, and/or consolidate components into one single part with unlimited design flexibility.

A Direct Metal Printing (DMP) Metal 3D Printer uses a laser to weld thin layers of metal powder to produce highly complex metal parts. 

  • Produces complex parts that cannot be made with traditional methods
  • Conformal cooling channels and latticework
  • Personal customization of orthopedic, dental, and other parts
  • Reduced-weight and light-weight design
  • Simplified assemblies and part consolidation
  • Small and precision parts production
  • Topology optimization while also maintaining structural integrity

Highlights:

  • Lightweighting
  • Part consolidation
  • Fluid flow
  • Functional improvement
  • Highest repeatability

SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING PRINTERS  (SLS)
SLS uses production-grade nylon materials to produce tough, functional complex parts with excellent surface finish, resolution, accuracy, repeatability, and low total cost of operations. 

SLS is a process that uses high-powered CO2 lasers to selectively melt and fuse powdered thermoplastics. It’s ideal if you are looking to produce tough, functional parts, with the possibility to achieve excellent surface finish and fine detailing.

Tolerances for standard resolution: 

X/Y planes: +/- .005” for the first inch, plus +/- .005” for every inch thereafter
Z plane: +/- .010” for the first inch, plus +/- .005” for every inch thereafter

  • Produce highly complex geometries
  • Durable, high-heat and chemically resistant applications
  • Impact-resistant parts for rigorous use
  • Ideal for snap fits and living hinges
  • Low-volume production solutions
  • Major time and cost benefits 
  • Large build platforms available

MULTIJET PRINTING  (MJP)
Create precision plastic, elastomeric, wax, and composite parts with MJP 3D printers.

MultiJet Printing (MJP) technology produces high-fidelity, true-to-CAD parts, with fast print times, easy operation, and simple post-processing for high productivity and true simplicity, from file to finished part. 

CERAMICS  (SLA)
Ceramics parts from a broad selection of ceramic pastes for airspace, healthcare, jewelry, and other applications.

The 3D printing of ceramic products uses stereolithographic technology (SLA). It’s based on a method of layer-by-layer curing of a special ceramic paste with a UV laser.

  • Unique functional parts or small production runs
  • Same properties as parts made by conventional processes
  • Open system — use your own ceramics
  • Platform is 100x100mm to 300x300mm
  • Roughness of 2 microns
  • 35 μm resolution, regardless of the size of the work platfrom
  • Free-link support technology for support mark-free parts
  • Hybrid option

BINDER JETTING  (sand)
This type of binder jetting produces sand molds and cores for metal casting without the need for tools.

Its main applications are the production of molds and cores for sand casting, PMMA models for investment casting, as well as display models for various industrial fields. Foundries, car manufacturers, and the aviation industry use 3D printing for faster production, casting optimization, and high-quality components. 

  • Binder jetting is faster, more flexible, and more accurate than conventional methods.
  • Toolless manufacturing: economical production of components in small and medium-sized series.
  • Fast turnaround: drastically reduced delivery times.  
  • More complex designs: greater geometric freedom for engineers and designers.
  • Outstanding flexibility: adapt and optimize prototypes much faster.

BINDER JETTING  (FDM)
FDM is great for proving designs, fit and function testing, small production runs, jigs, and fixtures.

Fused Deposition Modeling is a solid-based rapid prototyping method that deposits material layer-by-layer to build a model. The system consists of a build platform, extrusion nozzle, and control system. This process is fast and cost-effective, great for proving designs, fit and function testing, small production runs, jigs, and fixtures.

  • Large material selection, including production-quality ABS and food-grade ABS
  • Short lead times, typically 3 to 5 days.
  • High strength
  • Extremely durable
  • Concept models
  • Engineering models
  • Functional testing
  • Consumer products
  • High-heat applications
  • Initial prototypes

Tolerances for standard resolution: 

  • X/Y planes: +/- .005” for the first inch, plus +/- .002” for every inch thereafter
  • Z plane: +/- .010” for the first inch, plus +/- .002” for every inch thereafter

Advantages

Customers in aerospace, automotive, healthcare, and other industries rely on our capabilities for rapid delivery of dimensionally accurate, functional prototypes and small-quantity production parts that can resist high temperatures, mechanical stresses and chemical degradation. This process allows parts to be made directly from 3D CAD to thermoplastic materials without tooling.

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