8 Great Things About 3D Printing

8 Great Things About 3D Printing

3D printing seems to fascinate everyone who hears about it. Here are our top ten reasons why 3D printing is so great. Printing working mechanisms Incredibly 3D printing is capable of printing fully working mechanisms in one single print with no post production assembly required. Mechanisms such as ball bearings, chains, even entire gearboxes can be printed in one go. The reason for this is the layer-by-layer method of manufacture method that 3D printers use. The CAD model of the mechanism is printed out on the machine. For where there...

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3D Printing Applications

3D Printing Applications

3D printing is not only limited to making prototypes for industry, there are an almost limitless amount of applications where 3D printing is viable. Just mention the word custom or one off, and it is likely that 3D printing will not only be the quickest way, but will also be the cheapest way to produce the product. Below is a list of typical uses for 3D printing. Architectural models can be made in both colour or monochrome directly from the CAD data that they are designed it. Models can have multiple removable floors and fine details, and...

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3D Printing My Idea

3D Printing My Idea

So, how do I get my idea printed? Here is a quick guide to show how you get an idea from your head into your hand. So, you have an idea or design in your head that you want made, the first thing to do is to get that idea down on paper, either written or sketched, this way you can’t forget it…Play with that idea in your head, make some improvements/developments to it until you are happy that you have the best possible design you can. Remember not to over complicate your idea, simplicity is often key to a good...

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How 3D Printing Works

How 3D Printing Works

How Does 3D Printing Work? 3D printing, commonly known as ‘Additive Manufacture’ is a form of rapid prototyping where models are made layer by layer without the use of moulds. There are many forms of additive manufacture which all work in slightly different ways, but essentially they all follow the same principals. Each different method has its advantages and drawbacks, whether it be better surface finish, stronger model for working prototypes or full colour models for display models. What are the basics? All 3D printers work from...

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Our Machines

Our Machines

  Objet Eden260V Resolution 16 Micron The economical, small-footprint Objet Eden260V rapid prototyping and 3-dimensional printing system is the ideal solution to compress your product design-to-manufacturing cycle. Based on Objet’s innovative inkjet technology, Eden260V provides a complete solution for the accurate building of any geometry – easily, quickly and cleanly. Models produced on the Objet Eden260V are smooth and durable, with fine details and an outstanding surface finish. Features Tray size: 260×260×200 mm High Speed and...

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Pricing

Pricing

So how much does 3D printing cost?Our most common question after ‘Hang on, explain how it works again?’, is ‘How much does it cost?’. This is also another difficult one to get your head around as the cost based on volume of material, not complexity of the part like in traditional methods of manufacture. This means that the cost of your part depends on the type of material, and the volume of the part. There is also support material to take into consideration.Controlling volume to keep costs down Volume works in a...

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Tips For Designers

Tips For Designers

The Do’s and Don’t of 3D Printing 3D printing may seem limitless, but there are a few things that it, or the materials that it uses, can’t do. Here is a quick guide of how to avoid a few no-no’s when designing your model. 1. Draw in solid bodies, not surfaces, they’re easier. 3D printing cannot print surface model CAD models, you must submit a solid body CAD model. The walls can be thin, as low as 0.5mm (1mm to be safe), but they cannot have zero thickness. For minimum wall thicknesses please see our machines....

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