3d printing methods
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In order to make a 3D print one first need a CAD model of the part they wish to make. CAD parts can either be designed or downloaded. Below are links to some great CAD programs as well as link to free CAD downloads.
We use FDM (Fused deposition modelling) and SLS (Selective laser sintering) 3D printing because it gives us great flexibility when it comes to materials. We have a range of 7 materials in house and can order new materials depending on your needs. Our FDM printers' have an x/y precision of 12.5 microns and a z precision of 5 microns. Our build volume is 230mm/225mm/305mm with a minimum layer resolution of 20 microns (0.02mm).
Other 3D Printing Methods include:
Stereolithography (SLA); an additive manufacturing technique that converts liquid materials into solid parts, layer by layer, by selectively curing them using a light source in a process called photopolymerization.
Selective laser sintering (SLS); an additive manufacturing (AM) technique that uses a laser as the power source to sinter powdered material (typically nylon/polyamide), aiming the laser automatically at points in space defined by a 3D model, binding the material together to create a solid structure.