What is 3D Printing?
3D Printing, as the name suggests, is a process wherein a solid three-dimensional object is printed layer by layer from raw material, which could potentially lead to a whole new era in manufacturing. The process is also known as additive manufacturing or desktop fabrication.
Firstly, a three-dimensional design is created and saved in STL format, which is then sent sent to a 3D printer. The design is then printed layer by layer to fabricate a real object. Several specific technologies used for 3D printing include:
- Selective laser sintering (SLS)
- Fused deposition modeling (FDM)
- Stereolithography (SLA)
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With Professional 3D Printing
3D printing services have become increasingly popular in recent years as an easy, cost effective solution to create real parts from 3D CAD data. 3D printing is a term used to describe additive manufacturing technologies such as PolyJet, Z-Corp 3D Color Prints, Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) and Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). These manufacturing technologies produce custom parts by accurately “printing” layer upon layer of plastic or metal material until a 3D form is created. Additive manufacturing technologies can quickly create tangible parts that allow individuals to touch, feel and assess their design.
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3D Printing Materials & Applications
A number of material options are available including nylon, flexible and rigid prototyping plastic, metal and thermoplastics. Each material and technology was hand selected and researched to perfectly fit within certain niches and meet our customer’s demanding requirements. With such a wide range of materials available, 3D printed parts can be used for everything from a cosmetic architectural model to a functional racecar component. Nearly every industry has utilized 3D printing technologies due to their quick turnaround time and ability to produce stunning models that stay within your budget. Typical applications for additive manufacturing include conceptual models, ergonomic studies, visual analysis, form-fit-and-function testing, engineering evaluation and functional testing.
3D Printing Custom Finishing
3D printed parts can be expertly finished to closely resemble your mass produced part or left unfinished for a fast representation of your design. A number of hand sanding, surface treatments, shielding, inserts and cosmetic paint options are available at Solid Concepts. When you use our expert finishing staff, you can be sure that your prototypes and parts will be a vision of beauty.