3D Printing Services
Offering the best in-house 3D Printing prototyping service allows ideas to be created quickly and as inexpensively as possible. Using this technology, prototypes can look and work the exact way they were intended to which gives you a real feel for the product. This is far faster, much more affordable and easier to use than other manufacturing technologies to build a first prototype.
The 3D Printing Process
3D Printing or rapid prototyping is the process of turning a digital design into a three-dimensional solid object. The limitless processing capability of our 3D process is endless, from small scale surgical models to physical working prototypes. The main element of rapid prototyping starts with your design, it is that concept that we want to bring to life. We can turn a simple sketch into a Computer Aided Design (CAD) which gives us the blueprint of your particular design.
With this design we divide the object into digital cross sections, this allows the CNC milling, laser engraving or 3D printing process to build your design in a sequential format.
So the 3D design has been completed and it has been sent for prototyping and this is where the magic begins. You can choose from a range of materials including ABS, PLA or PVA and vast range of colours for your model. In the 3D Printing process for instance, the material is then heated up and extruded onto the build platform. Then, similar to an inkjet printer it passes over the build platform and deposits layers of material on top of layers.
Our Prototyping Equipment
With our Z-Corp and Objet 24 3D rapid prototyping machines you can have a physical working model of your idea generated. Imagine taking that working prototype along to a trade show, investors meeting or bank manager - Well now you can with our 3D digital printing service.
Our Welsh based 3D Printing service capability offers you with a final working model of your device or design produced for demonstration, testing and/or marketing purposes. Made from durable plastic, 3D printing is used to quickly fabricate a scale model of a part or assembly using three-dimensional design data.
Our in-house prototyping service allows ideas to be created quickly and as inexpensively as possible. Using this technology, prototypes can look and work the exact way they were intended to which gives you a real feel for the product. This additive manufacturing technology service allows three dimensional objects created by successive layers of ABS, PLA and PVA plastic or VeroWhitePlus Opaque material being deposited on top of each other. This is far faster, much more affordable and easier to use than other manufacturing technologies to build a first prototype.
We use the latest precision desktop CNC milling machines, in-house 80W CO2 laser cutting system and precision Draper mini lathes to make and finish more complex prototypes. This service will provide you with a personal and affordable real-world prototype of your idea in a time effective way and can also help in the further design process. Starting from the conceptual digital design down to final engineering stages, your decision making will be completed faster. There is no need to outsource your designs and thus no delay as prototypes can usually be produced within three working a days. These prototypes can later be sanded, milled, drilled, tapped and painted to give them the final surface finish.
Advantages of 3D Printing
An impressive property of 3D Printing is that cost of making a component is based on the volume of material and the machine time. Because these are the only factors when making a new component is that cost is only a fraction of that which normally have to be outlaid. Complexity and structure is not an obstacle to making an object, we use honeycomb internal meshes, external rafting and exterior support to make any object and once the model is cool then it has 27MPa of tensile strength and an elongation of 28%, making the prototypes not only strong but also flexible.
You Control the Cost
3D Printing is completely flexible with no expensive engineering jigs or dies required. This layer-by-layer deposition method of manufacture, has advantages over traditional manufacturing methods such as die cast injection moulding. The process is rapid, in which products can be finished quickly due to no need for set up time, manufacturing moulds, specialist tooling and process optimisation. Because even the most complex models can be printed in one piece with integrated moving parts, there is no requirement for post machining once the support material has been removed.
Injection mould dies have a high price to manufacture, with typical moulds costing tens of thousands of pounds to produce. When developing a new product it is likely that you will have to produce more than one test model before manufacture - this is where 3D Printing becomes the best and most flexible system for producing new product.
3D Printing also makes the design process for products much faster and results in better products due to the reduced lead times and costs in producing prototypes. Designers can get products to market in half the time with five times the fit form and function testing.
Delivering your product within a quick time we pride ourselves of delivering any component within a short period of time that would otherwise take months to produce, but at a much reduced price by up to 90%.
High Precision & Durable
Our 3D printers have a layer resolution 0.05mm, which is half the thickness of a human hair. Accuracy can be controlled depending on cost. We can print using 10 different plastics, making prototypes not only accurate but also tough. With our plastic weaving technology we can also increase the strength of the final model up to 37MPa tensile strength.