Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) or Fused Filament Fabrication (FFM), is a 3d printing process that produces durable objects out of the same plastic that we see in everyday products. Furthermore, FDM processes industrial-grade thermoplastic materials. That’s what makes resulting parts so tough and durable when properly processed. FDM 3d printing is the most cost-effective way of producing thermoplastic parts and prototypes.
With the introduction of Large Format 3D printing, creating very large, high quality scale models is now possible. Every company is looking for a unique way to grab more attention while showcasing their brand and one of the best ways to do that is incorporating high quality 3D printing into custom displays for conventions and tradeshows. Learn about how we create high quality custom displays for conventions and trade shows to help provide a branding edge vs your competition.
When polylactic acid (PLA) is annealed under properly controlled conditions, it provides a significantly stiffer and stronger part with increased heat deflection temperatures. Strength is found to increase by up to 40% and stiffness can be shown to increase up to 25%. Parts made from annealed PLA outperform polycarbonate (PC) and SLS nylon PA2200 in XY axis strength. Furthermore, annealed PLA parts have demonstrated heat deflection temperatures of up to 180°C, equal to that of Ultem. This enhanced strength along with a higher glass transition temperature, allows for a much broader set of practical applications.
Direct Metal Laser Sintering, also known as DMLS, is an additive manufacturing technology that uses a precise, high wattage laser to weld metals and alloys on the micro scale. This process is able to create metal parts directly from 3D CAD data in layers without the need for traditional tooling. DMLS 3D printing is an excellent choice for producing functional metal prototypes and dense metal parts in a short time, with high precision. This process is particularly useful for complex part designs, light weighting, and producing functional custom metal parts in low volumes.
By introducing 24/7 on site pickup for local 3D printing services, we can now provide rapid prototyping with unprecedented speed and convenience. This eliminates the need to wait for your 3D prints to be shipped or picked up during core business hours. With 24/7 on site pickup, accessing our local 3D printing services for truly rapid prototyping is nearly as convenient as having the printers in your own facility. In fact – in many ways it is more convenient for rapid prototyping, as you are able to focus on design optimization as opposed to operating and maintaining 3D printers.
SLA was was invented way back in 1986 and was the technology used to manufacture the very first 3D printed parts. The SLA method utilizes a vat photopolymerization process and the materials used in SLA are mostly thermoset polymers that come in a liquid form. This 3D printing method provides extremely high detail without introducing excessive costs. As with any manufacturing method, designers must take advantage of the benefits and limitations of the SLA manufacturing process in order to achieve the best results. Read this article to learn more about SLA 3D printing and common SLA applications.
SD3D is now offering CNC machining services! This article provides a basic overview of the CNC process and common applications. CNC machines are being used in all major industries today especially for the cutting of metal parts and producing simple prototypes. CNCs can work on a wide variety of materials including metal, wood, plastic and more.
3D printing has very quickly become an integral part of many major companies. It can prove to be extremely useful especially when it comes to producing prototypes, validating designs and performing functional tests. Stakeholders can be easily given an understanding of the concept by letting them interact with 3d printed prototypes. Meanwhile, 3D printing can also be used by various industries for end-use applications and bringing new products to market. The most important question for companies considering 3D printing as a solution today is whether they should outsource their projects to a professional 3D printing service bureau or get an in-house 3D printer.
There are many methods of 3D print manufacturing available in 2019. Each method requires a 3D printer of its own and comes with unique advantages and disadvantages. This article provides a detailed overview of the various methods used in the process 3D printing or additive manufacturing in 2019. Most importantly, we will be discussing when to use each technique and will provide an overview of the best applications for each 3D print manufacturing method.