What We Offer:
-3D printing to create practical models of your your digital drawings and ideas
–3D Scanning to convert existing objects into CAD renderings
-Designing of parts to fit your needs
-Cost savings by producing parts at a fraction of the cost of traditional manufacturing
-Faster part production than machining/molding processes
*3D Printing Costs can be determined only after analyzing the unique part. Design cost (modifying existing parts, designing new parts, and preparing parts for printing) is $75 per hour.
What makes your 3D printer different from other printers, like the desktop ones hobbyists use?
What can you make with your 3D printer?
The short answer is “anything.” If you can imagine a part, we can print it. Unlike other forms of manufacturing, 3D printing has far fewer limitations on its ability to create complex shapes or “impossible” parts.
The Chess piece shown on the right has a spiral staircase inside that goes all the way from the base to the roof. Making one of these pieces through traditional manufacturing, however, would be extremely difficult. This piece would be impossible to machine with a mill or lathe. Sculpting it out of wax for casting would be extremely time consuming—especially the inside of the castle. What’s more, it would have to be cast in several pieces and then assembled. But 3D printing makes creating complex pieces like this relatively easy.
In addition to complex parts, we can actually print working assemblies, meshing gears, locking mechanisms, joints, fasteners, bearings, hinges and parts inside of parts. Here is a picture of a 3D printed standard crescent wrench. It functions as designed with no assembling, sanding, trimming or snipping! The thumb-screw will turn and adjust the wrench teeth just like a real wrench!
3D printing lets you you bring your design from the computer into reality in just a couple of hours—making the development process move much faster.
What materials can you print?
How does it work?
Our printer is even equipped with a second extruder for support material for overhanging parts during the printing process (like the structure supporting a bridge during construction). After printing, the support material is removed—easily.
What kind of finish do the parts have when they come out of the 3D printer?
When removed from the printer, parts have a striated texture. If you look closely at the picture to the right, you can see the individual layers that were created during the printing process. For many applications, the finish is not very important and this striped texture is acceptable.
However, if you need a smooth, polished finish, we can achieve it with our custom treatment process. The part in the left image was treated with a vapor-bath to make the surface much smoother. This process makes the part look more “injection-molded,” and also increases its strength. The downside of smoothing is that some fine detail and a bit of tolerance is lost. Also, edges are smoothed and sharp corners can lose their crispness.
3D printed parts can also be sanded to a matt-smooth finish; however, fine details can be difficult to sand.
I have something I want to make, but I'm not familiar with any CAD software. Can you draw the part for me?
I have a part file that I designed, or had designed for me, can you print it?
How much does 3D printing cost?
What colors can you print? Can you do multiple colors?
Get your parts designed and printed today! Call 818-994-3049 for more information.