3D Printing


3D printing is a process of making a three-dimensional object of virtually any shape from a digital model. 3D printing is an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes. Here at 3DPE we can provide all the latest technologies.

Overview

There are a number of additive processes now available, differing in the materials that can be used and the way layers of material are deposited.

To produce layers: some prototyping processes create 3D physical prototypes by solidifying layers of deposited powder using a liquid binder, e.g. standard 3D Printing; other processes melt, or soften material, e.g. SLM (selective laser melting) or DMLS (direct metal laser sintering), SLS (selective laser sintering) and FDM (fused deposition modelling); and yet other processes cure liquid materials using sophisticated technologies e.g. SLA (stereolithography).

Each process has its own advantages and drawbacks, however the additive process of 3D printing offers significant advantages over more traditional engineering subtractive processes, with significantly shorter lead-times and lower material costs. 3D printing has proven to yield long-term strategic value by enhancing design-to-manufacturing capabilities and reducing time to market.

Below is a full list of the materials and processes and their properties that we can supply, plus some guidance on the typical uses and applications for 3d printing.

 

Concept modelling

3D printing is the ideal way to evaluate alternative design concepts. Concept models improve early design decisions, and selecting the right design path earlier in the process, reduces costs, and shortens the development cycle.

Verification models

3D printing allows design verification to be an iterative process, where designers identify and address design challenges throughout the design process to spur new inventions, or quickly identify the need for design revision.

Pre production

3D printing can reduce the investment risk and shorten the time cycle in this critical phase. This is a huge benefit in the pre production phase, which often involves significant investment in tooling, jigs and fixtures, and in material and component commitments within the supply chain. Functional performance of the print materials is critical, accuracy and precision important, to ensure the final product quality and specification is achieved.

Digital manufacture

3D printing is being used to produce end use parts, or casting patterns and moulds, enable greater customisation, improve product quality and performance and reduce production cycle times. Industry leaders in many markets are now using 3D printing for manufacture, these include automotive and aerospace businesses, dentists, jewellers, fashion houses and medical laboratories.

 

If you cannot find what what you’re looking for please contact us as new materials come onto the market constantly and we are used to finding materials and process solutions on demand for our customers.

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