3D Printing

In addition to all of our other printing options we also have the capability of making your 3D ideas become reality.
 

3D Printing is the ideal solution for creating prototypes, 3D design mock-ups, and models of original tangible objects. It is the perfect solution for designers, parts engineers, hobbyists, educators, manufacturers, and inventors.

3D printing makes it possible to create a part from scratch – allowing designers and developers to go from the flat computer screen to an exact 3D part.

Using Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology, the process of making a three dimensional solid object is performed by building the parts layer by layer – from the bottom up – by heating and extruding thermoplastic filament. Thermoplastics are simply plastic polymer materials that become moldable or pliable at certain temperatures. These plastics solidify upon cooling and remain as hard plastic objects. We currently have available Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) as the thermoplastic polymer which hardens to an ivory colored matte finish.

3D PrintingIn order to create a 3D printed item, the product’s design is completed and saved as an STL file. Stereo Lithography (STL) is a file format native to the stereo lithography CAD software created by 3D Systems. It is also known as Standard Tessellation Language. STL files describe only the surface geometry of a three-dimensional object without any representation of color or texture.

You may submit your STL file directly to us to have your own 3D printed objects made and we will provide you with a custom quotation. We use special software to proof your files for you, so you can be assured that your order will be produced to your precise specifications.

This technology has many benefits that the traditional methods of prototyping or manufacturing just cannot offer. 3D Printing gives our clients increased access to new markets with the ability to obtain their designed pieces without the high cost of purchasing their own equipment.

Applications for 3D Printing:

Automotive

From GM’s floor consoles and smartphone holders, BMW’s water pump wheels, and Ford’s shift knobs, vents, front vehicle fascia designs, to cylinder heads and brake rotors – 3D printing has enabled innovations in automotive component design.

Aerospace Components

Signs that 3D printing has vast universal potential: NASA’s recent 3D printed rocket engine injectors were a success, and small 3D scanners are being delivered to the International Space Station.

Toys

Everything from action figures, blocks, and scale models made with 3D printing technology bring endless fun to young imaginations.

Apparel & Jewelry

Intricate pendants, necklaces, earrings, and other adornments can be created using 3D printed designs, as well as customized shoes, insoles, buttons, and other details.

Small Accessories and Tools

Customized clamps, tool handles, holders, planters, bird houses, and more!

Furnishings

Interior designers and artisans are embracing 3D printing for creating everything from lamp bases and end tables to chairs and shelving units.

Office Products

There’s always room for reinvented 3D printed versions of items such as paper clips, printer parts, and desk accessories.

Medical Prototypes

Surgeons and scientists can produce mock-ups of body parts and bones to use as teaching tools, design custom prosthetic devices, create prototypes of joint replacement parts, and even 3D print intricate medical equipment components.

Electronics Accessories

3D printing can assist designers who develop custom mobile phone cases, tablet covers, stylus holders, audio speaker cases, flash drives and computer mouse devices.

Specific colors are not yet available; however, the use of 3D printing can quickly and affordably provide you with your own prototypes, design samples for product development, and original mock-ups of your invented items for further testing.

For more information about how we can help you bring your ideas to 3D life, Contact Us for a consultation or to discuss your new project.