3D Printing and Industrial Design Services
FDM 3D Printing
FDM (fused deposition modeling) involves creating 3D prints by extruding layers of filament. Materials for FDM 3D printing include PLA, TPU, Nylon, PET, PEEK, and Carbon fiber among others. Advantages of FDM 3D printing include lower cost, volume production, and faster turn-around. We have 3D printed tens of thousands of FDM prototypes and market ready products. FDM 3D Printing allows for the use of more sustainable materials, particularly PLA, which is a plant based “bio-plastic” material. Please see our environmental statement for our policies and beliefs around more sustainable manufacturing practices.
SLS 3D Printing
SLS 3D Printing, (selective laser sintering), is an additive manufacturing practice that creates 3D prints by using a laser to weld together thin layers of powder. This print method is commonly used for 3D models that have complex forms or drastic overhangs. There are no supports required for this printing process, as it uses its own powder to support overhangs. The print is then lifted out of the machine, removing any loose powder from the object. SLS is commonly used with a nylon material that is rigid but also has slight flexibility. For parts that need to be extremely flexible, TPU is a better option with the SLS technology.
SLA 3D Printing
SLA 3D Printing, is an a practice of creating 3D prints by using a laser to cure thin layers of resin. This print method is commonly used for 3D models that need to be smooth and highly detailed. Resin uses its own material to create support structures which are then cut and sanded to achieve a smooth surface. Resin prints are the ideal choice for parts that need to be painted or shown as a “final” piece. We offer a range of resins from, standard white, black, clear, castable, flexible, tough, and dental resin. Resin is not as tough as nylon, and therefore is mostly used for display models.