We harness the key 3D Printing technologies of FDM, SLA and SLS to produce high-quality prototypes all the way through to end-use produced parts. From hand drawings to Computer Aided Design, we turn a idea into a tangible reality you can hold in your hand.
A farm of FDM 3D Printers await your needs prepared to work overnight 24/7 to meet your needs, not ours. SLA resin and SLS printers also available on demand to produce your masterpiece.
FDM stands for Fused Deposition Modelling. FDM 3D Printing runs under the process of a piece of thermoplastic being extruded through a hot nozzle melting it in the process and depositing the material on the build plate in a predetermined path. The filament then cools to form a solid part. FDM printing is ideal for quick cost effective prototyping. It can be used for the creation of functional parts.
SLA stands for Stereolithography. SLA printing works under the process in which a vat of photopolymer resin is selectively cured by a light source layer-by-layer to form a 3 dimensional part. SLA printing is ideal for visual applications and prototyping where a smooth surface finish and high accuracy is desired.
SLS stands for Selective Laser Sintering. SLS printing utilizes a CO2 laser as a heat source to induce fusion between powder particles at a specific location of the build area to produce a solid part. SLS printing is widely used to produce functional parts where desired end-use parts will be under high stresses. SLS printing is unique in that very complex geometries can be formed due to the part(s) being encompassed in powder during the printing stage.
For all our projects, we use the highest quality materials available from around the world and locally.
All our materials are stored in a humidity controlled environment protecting hygroscopic materials from moisture and light. This in turn prepares the materials for printing your parts to get the best out of the materials.
For our FDM projects, we use the best of the best available including Colorfabb, Polymaker, Fenner, eSUN, and Fillamentum materials.
PLA – a great option for low-cost, fast, non-functional prototyping. It is more brittle than ABS with a lower impact strength and elongation before break. It is unsuitable for high-temperature applications.
ABS – offers good mechanical and thermal properties, but details and sharp edges are less defined than PLA. ABS is ideal for prototypes that require snap fits or interlocking parts.
PETG – offers improved impact, chemical and heat resistance when compared with PLA/ABS. It’s an excellent water and moisture barrier, the best option when wanting to print semi-transparent parts. Can be considered as a hybrid between PLA and ABS.
Polycarbonate – one of the strongest FDM materials that has high-temperature resistance and impact resistance. Polycarbonate (PC) can be bent and formed while cold without cracking or deforming.
Nylon – best suited for strong end-use parts. Offering good flexibility and better chemical resistance, compared to ABS. It is ideally suited for applications like durable enclosures and functional brackets.
TPU/TPE – is used for flexible parts. Parts printed with TPU simulate rubber parts but lack the performance of true rubber. The flexibility offered by TPU makes it ideal for applications like grips, seals and gaskets.
Ninjaflex – NinjaFlex flexible filament leads the industry thanks to its superior flexibility and longevity compared to non-polyurethane materials. The flexibility offered by Nijaflex (TPE) makes it ideal for applications like grips, seals and gaskets.
- Shore Hardness 85A
- 660% elongation allows for repeated movement and impact without wear or cracking
- Chemical resistant
- Abrasion resistance 20% better than ABS and 68% better than PLA
Suggested Applications: Seals, gaskets, plugs, levelling feet, protective applications.
For our SLA Vat Polymerization, we use the best of the best Formlabs resins.
Standard Resin – Outstanding performance, Excellent detail. High-detail resin that produces parts with a smooth, injection mold-like surface finish. It is brittle and used for non-functional parts.
Engineering Resin – Functional prototyping materials. High strength and stiffness and temperature resistance. Produces parts with improved mechanical properties compared to standard resin. Can be used for functional parts.
Jewellery Resin – High-detail material for jewellery design and clean investment casting. Prototype impressive concept models and manufacture distinctive pieces with sharp resolution and the best surface finish on the market, from idea to fitting to casting.
Dental Resin – high-detail, sterilizable and biocompatible resins capable of producing dental implants.
For our SLS Powder Bed Fusion projects, we use the best of the best available including Stratasys, and Sinterit materials.
Nylon (PA 12) – all-around great mechanical properties and chemical resistance and is ideal for functional parts and prototypes.
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Images and material summaries soured from 3D Hubs and Formlabs.