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Our different 3D printing technologies
3D printing is an additive manufacturing technique developed for rapid prototyping. The essential process remains the same for most methods, adding layers of material to build your parts. However, the technologies use different means, materials, and operations to produce a wide range of options. 3D printing allows unique parts to be fabricated while avoiding conventional production techniques. Here are the available technologies we offer to realize your projects.
SLS technology has multiple advantages compared to other printing methods. It prints parts using durable materials, offers a reliable level detail and the prices are often the lowest you can find.
Fused deposition modeling
This technology is ideal for direct digital manufacturing (DDM) of final prototypes or for small series of parts that are used with finished products. It makes additive manufacturing of functional parts possible by using deposits of extruded thermoplastic polymer layers such as ABS or polycarbonate.
We use a process of high definition super fast stereolithography (SLA) which allows us to make your object within a few hours: available the same day or the next. We can produce molds for casting, models for functional testing or presentation in high quality and at reasonable prices.
DMLS technology lets you build your concept models directly out of metal. It's ideal for making prototypes and functional parts that need good mechanical properties.
Selective laser sintering is an advanced 3D printing technology advanced that can create parts from powder material. The powder is fused layer by layer by a laser. It is then possible to manufacture precise parts, using high-performance materials such as nylon. Moreover, the lack of support material used to produce parts makes it cheaper. This technology can be used in all areas, from toys to aircraft parts.
- Functional parts and finished products
- Complex and detailed designs
- Moving parts or assemblies
- Possible to dye the parts any color
Material : Nylon 12
- Production volume: 7.9" x 9.8" x 13" (200mm x 250mm x 300mm).
- Layer thickness: 0.1mm.
- Minimum wall thickness: 0.45 mm
- Minimal thickness : 0.6 mm
- Good reproductibility of identical parts
- Strong and resistant materials
- Allows small details such as text and watermarks
SLS vs FDM
- Better surface finish
- Uniform mechanical properties in each direction
- Needs little to no finishing after printing
- No support material is required
SLS vs SLA
- Stronger materials
- Can produce interlocked objects or assemblies
- Also doesn't need support material to be added
Fused deposition modeling
This technic consists in melting a thermoplatic resin through a hot nozzle similar as a glue gun. The machine then drops layers by layers a micro thread of melted thermoplastic all along the way traced by computer.We consider every aspects of mechanical, esthetical or functionnal resistance when we estimate every parts to make sure you have the best quality for your money.
- Excellent mechanical strength to make assembly tests under real conditions
- Long-lasting thermoplastics
- Excellent thermal resistance: 95 ° C to 138 ° C
- Very good dimensional accuracy
- Ideal for direct digital manufacturing (DDM) in large quantities of small parts
Production delay : 1 working day (minimum)
Materials : ABS, ASA, Polycarbonate, ABS PC, PPSF
- Volume of manufacturing is 16" x 14" x 16" (406 x 356 x 406 mm). Bigger models are created piece by piece and then assemblied.
- Thickness of standard layer : 0.010"
- Thickness of high resolution layer : 0.005" – Precision : +/- 0.005" first 5 inches, then +/- 0.0015" by inches added (ABS)*
- Reproductibility by identical part (ABS) +/- .001"
- Minimal thickness of standard mode wall : 0.032", in high resolution : 0.020"
- Finish : visible construction layers (height depends on resolution)
* depending on the geometry
FDM vs SLA
- Material used with FDM are long-lasting thermoplastics : they do not worsen with time and UV.
- Best thermal resistance.
- Parts made with FDM have better dimensional precision and better reproductibility.
FDM vs Polyjet
- Larger parts
- Assemblied parts more resistant : parts made with FDM hold well together.
- Best thermal resistance
- Compatible with RF signals (Polyjet is not compatible with RF signals).
Stereolitography is a prototyping technic that allows to manufacture objects from photopolymer. Polymerization is induced by a laser light that scans layer by layer the resin tank until the part is completed. It is possible to get very precised parts in no time.
- Very rapid process
- Impressive details finite : ideal for casting templates
- Economic for identical parts series.
Materials : Acrylic resin, Flexible resin, Castable resin
- Production volume : 5.7" x 5.7" x 6.9" (145 x 145 x 175 mm)
- High resolution layer thickness (HD1): 0.001" (0.025 mm)
- Standard resolution layer thickness (HD2): 0.002" (0.05 mm)
- Low resolution layer thickness (HD4): 0.004" (0.1 mm)
- Minimum wall thickness : 0.01" (0.27mm) over short distances and preferably 0.02" (0.54mm)
- Finish : little to no visible construction layers.
SLA vs FDM
- Faster production
- Same strenght in all the axis
- Little to no finishing
- Fine details
- Tight parts (Waterproof parts)
SLA vs SLS
- Smoother surface finish
- Transparent materials
Direct Metal Laser Sintering
This is an additive manufacturing technology that uses a variety of metal alloys as a raw material. Allowing prototypes to be made from the same material as final production components. Same as with SLS technology, DMLS parts are built layer by layer from a metallic powder that is solidified by a laser. The technique makes it possible to design complex geometries while integrating internal features such hollow sections and ducts, which would otherwise be machined. DMLS technology produces strong and durable metal components that can be used as functional parts.
- Functional components made directly out of metal
- Strong and durable parts
- Metal alloys
- Freedom of design versus standard production means
Materials : Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Titanium
- Production volume: 6.3" x 6.3" x 9.8" (160mm x 160mm x 250mm).
- Layer thickness : 0.1mm
- Minimal wall thickness: 0.6 mm