3D Printing

Turning 3D Scans Into Physical Models

We provide independent 3D printing solutions that match the 3D printer to the requirement, Not the requirement to the 3D printer!

Having previously set up and run a large 3D print facility for a major film studio, we know that most 3D print bureaus tend to purchase a small range of 3D printers and then focus on selling those solutions. There are a broad range of 3D printers (SLA, SLS, FDM etc) and an even broader range of materials available on the market. Choosing the right 3D printer and material is really important to achieving the best end result, which is why we have specifically chosen to stay independent.

We carefully consider each client brief before choosing a specific 3D print solution. This approach enables us to match the right 3D print technology and material to the clients specific application.

  • 3D Printing Solutions
  • 3D File Cleanup & Preparation (OBJ, STL)
  • An Independent Solution Provider¬†

 

3D Printing Matching the right 3D printer & material to your application!

Making sure you choose the right 3D printing system and output material is absolutely critical. With so many 3D printer technologies and materials to choose from, choosing the right one needs careful consideration.

There are various different 3D print technologies available such as FDM, SLA and SLS, each having its own strengths and weaknesses. Hence why it’s important to understand what these individual strengths and weaknesses are, to make sure you end up with a final 3D print output that suits your intended application.

Some 3D print technologies are able to print at high micron resolutions for high detail. This sounds great, however these tend to put down much finer print layers, which results in very slow print turnarounds and higher print costs. Others 3D print technologies can print at lower micron resolutions, which makes them quicker but the prints tend to be of a lower quality finish. Finding the right balance is key.

Additionally, different 3D printer technologies offer different material output options. These vary hugely, from ultraviolet and laser cured resins, to ABS plastics, PLA’s Nylon’s and a whole host of variants. Some are very tough and durable and some are very fragile.

 

3D Print Cleanup & Preparation

Also consider that the 3D digital model file you want to print has to be fully prepared and watertight (no mesh errors or holes). Hence the reason we also offer our 3D Model Cleanup Service using zBrush and various other applications. The Americans have a saying called ‘GIGO’, which stands for “garbage in, garbage out!”. This is very true of 3D printing. Files have to be properly prepared to ensure a good end 3D print.¬†

Common 3D print file formats tend to be STL or Wavefront OBJ files. These are both 3D mesh coordinate file types, which most 3D printers are configured to handle.

We could talk to you for hours about the differences, however, let’s just say that getting the right advice from the outset is a very good idea. Therefore, if you would like some advice then please just give us a call. We are here to help!

 

Talk to us about your requirements Call (01908) 915523