The process begins with a computer-aided design (CAD) or an STL file from a 3d scanner contains three-dimensional measurements. Using the selected material (solid filaments, liquid, powder, paper, or sheet material), multiple thin layers are put into place and fused by heating, curing, centering, lamination, or photopolymerization to make a single unified object.
3D printing is one of the fastest, most economical and precise methods of small-batch production. Depending on the size, strength, and functionality requirements, we will advise on the technology i.e.;(Laser Sintering (SLS)/ Stereolithography (SLA)/ Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM)) and materials best suited to for your project.
3D printing is useful in:
- Architecture and Construction
- Healthcare and Medical
- Functional prototypes and final products
- Aeronautics and Space: Prototypes and functional production parts for planes, drones and satellites
- Automotive: Supply chain management, sales tools and prototypes for Design and development
- Textile and Fashion:
- Optics and customize accessory:
There are several types of 3D printing technologies. The main differences are how layers are built to create parts. Some of the primary technology we deal with are:
1. Fused deposition modeling (FDM)
- Low volume production of end-use parts
- Prototype for form, fit and functional testing
- Prototype directly constructed in production materials
- Engineering and construction model
- High heat application
- Functional testing and prototyping
Materials: Thermoplastic filament (PLA, ABS, PET, TPU) Dimensional Accuracy: ±0.5% (lower limit ±0.5 mm) Common Applications: Electrical housings; Form and fit testings; Jigs and fixtures; Investment casting patterns
2. Stereolithography (SLA)
- For smooth finishing and aesthetic looks.
- Complex geometry
- Lightweight and anatomical concept parts
- As a mold for casting of jewelry and toy parts
- Investment cast pattern
Materials used : Photopolymer resin (Standard, Castable, Transparent, High Temperature)
Dimensional Accuracy: ±0.5% (lower limit ±0.15 mm)
Common Applications: Injection mold-like polymer prototypes; Jewelry (investment casting); Dental applications; Hearing aids
Strengths: Smooth surface finish; Fine feature details
3. Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
This technology uses the laser as a power source to form solid 3D objects. The main difference between SLS and SLA is that it uses powdered material in the vat instead of liquid resin as stereolithography does. Unlike some other additive manufacturing processes, such as (SLA) or FDM), SLS doesn’t need to use any support structures as the object being printed is constantly surrounded by unsintered powder.
We once get your requirement suggests you best technology and materials best suited to for your project among, ABS plastic, PLA, polyamide (nylon), glass filled polyamide, stereolithography materials (epoxy resins), silver, titanium, steel, wax, photopolymers, and polycarbonate.
Vacuum casting: A smarter manufacturing process for of small batch parts
Vacuum casting is highly capable of producing parts in a wide range of polyurethanes that are similar to rubber, PP, ABS, PC and offering the exact qualities that anticipate seeing in the final product for prototypes and end-use parts. Vacuum casting is ideal for small batch production.