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.
We are happy to announce that Printelize now accepts 12 new 3D file formats for generating instant 3D printing quotes. Printelize Professional is an online 3D print quote software. Printelize is used globally by 3D printing service bureaus, educational institutions and internal 3D print departments to streamline the management of 3D printing order workflow. Accepting these new file types will further streamline user workflow by eliminating the step of converting every 3D file to .stl format prior to upload.
Silicon molds and soft tooling are a bridge between prototyping and mass production. Prior to the invention of cast urethane soft tooling, there were few cost-effective options for the production of small to medium runs for bridge applications and initial market releases. In as much as injection molding is an amazing solution for large scale production of an uncountable number of products, it doesn’t provide an economical solution for small volume production needs or highly customized products.
As the 3D printing market grows, industry professionals are facing a significant challenge in scaling their current processes. Particularly with tasks surrounding the quoting and delivery of 3D printing services. To overcome this problem and stay on track with the rising competition, many 3D printing service bureaus are replacing their current hodgepodge of disconnected tools with an end-to-end sales automation software. These new cloud based solutions solutions are built specifically to accelerate the success of 3D printing service bureaus. Most importantly, this is making it possible for 3D print shops to instant quote 3D printing services more efficiently.
The difference between 3d printed part strength, quality, processing speed and cost are functions of three independent input variables: infill, layer height and the type of material being processed. While the strength increase is non-linear across the entire infill range, the relationship between infill % and both part weight and print time is linear across nearly the entire range. In this article we prove why the most efficient infill settings for most projects are between 10-30% and 70-90%.