3D printing or additive manufacturing is a way to build real objects from digital files. The printer converts a software blueprint into slices and deposits layer after layer of plastic, metal or other composites until the finished product is formed.
Compared to traditional manufacturing methods like cutting, carving and drilling, it takes less time and raw material.
So whether you're building a prototype, a model of a cell for biology class, or a custom picture frame, 3D printing takes you from blueprint to prototype quickly and effectively.
Take a closer look at what you’ll need to 3D print.
A robotic device that prints layer by layer of plastic, metal or other composites.
This is your printer’s ink. It comes in many different colors and materials, so you can create almost anything.
Compatibility: Most filaments work with any brand of printer.
Plastic: Choose from corn-based PLA (polylactic acid) or higher quality ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene)
Output capacity: One large spool of filament makes about 200 smartphone cases.
Computer Aided Design (CAD) software helps you lay out the virtual 3D model of the object.
It also preps the Stereolithography (STL) print file you send to the printer. Not all software can export in that format, so make sure you choose one that does.
Depending on the size and shape of your design, complexity and resolution are factors you also need to consider.
Everyone. Whatever you do, 3D printing reduces the time from aha moment to accomplishment.
Spark creativity and help students grasp difficult concepts using the technology they'll encounter in the workforce.
Leap from inspiration to ideation. Constantly innovate. Wow potential clients. All on a shorter schedule and smaller budget.
From replacement parts to one-of-a-kind creations, 3D printing gives you more control over the details.
Whether you need a prototype or bulk quantities of a finished design, our robust 3D printing services make it all possible.
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