Here is a nice example of just how versatile 3D printing can be.
A very small, accurate part printed for a special military wedding celebration. They were used on the guests placemat settings along with the platoon colours in ribbon and very smart they looked too. The squadrons Cap badge was scanned then reduced in size, down to 23mm x 23mm, tiny! Miniature strengthening bars were then added to the model, you may be able to spot them in the photo, fastening the flags to the upper bones. The parts were then printed in the cheapest material in our range using 720 semi transparent resins, a good all rounder with great stability and fine surface finish, a very popular material for general purpose prototypes e.g. phone shells, threaded parts and figurines. After printing, the parts undergo a water wash cleaning process, they were then dried and spray painted to give a metal like finish, just like their big brother. We got a great thank you letter from the groom as everybody was thrilled.
We liked that!
More information on this material can be found here – 720 Semi Transparent
A 3D printed coffee cup prototype, printed in a material known as vero White rigid, this material has a fine surface finish and a white semi translucent body, depending on the wall thickness. More information on this material can be found here – Vero White .
We use a printing process known as Polyjet printing, very similar to inkjet print technology and just as accurate. This model was commissioned and produced for a famous pottery company.
3D printed models of this type are widely used by these industries as models can be quickly designed and changed if required using a modern day C.A.D system. They have proved their worth again and again because of significant cost savings, time to market, accuracy of design and shape the ability to decorate the models to represent the finished piece and not forgetting the fact that a plaster of paris cast can be taken from the 3D printed master. Pretty cool!
A very accurate part, printed for the medical design industry. It has been designed to fit with other parts to make up an assembly. This was printed utilizing a material known as Durus white, a tough durable but slightly flexible material, demonstrating good wear resistance characteristics. The finish is a semi translucent milky white. Durus white with its inherent material qualities is used when flexibility is required with the prototype, e.g. Handles, living hinges, Tupperware, click & latch function and prototype bottles.
The great thing about being able to quickly 3D print a prototype is the amount of money that it saves, consider the alternative, the same part could be accurately milled from an aluminium block but would cost nearly five times as much. An injection mould could be made for a cost of around £7000 and there is no guarantee that the part you designed will be fit for purpose, potentially requiring a redesign and yet another £7000 until you get it right!
3D printing saves time and money. The design can be quickly altered if slight changes are required.
More information on this material can be found here – Durus White .
A very fine, very detailed 3D printed mould. This was printed in a material known as Vero White, a tough and durable substrate with a semi translucent white finish, this material allows for very accurate printing and a fine surface finish.
A silicone impression will be taken from this master to produce a mirror image many times. The beauty of this type of printing is that it saves time and money to produce. The design can be quickly altered if slight changes are required. The best of all, when the master becomes worn, it can be reprinted in approximately one and a half hours. Nice!!
More information on this material can be found here – Vero White