Types of 3D Printing

We have several types of 3D printing machines which we use in different circumstances to achieve the best 3D printing result for your project.  Here’s a brief guide to the most commonly used 3D printers and the benefits these machines provide.

Colour jet 3D printing

Fast, affordable 3D printing that can produce colour models in a matter of hours:

  • fastest speed 3D printers – 28mm per hour
  • uniquely multicolour – CMYK with true black produce 1 million colours
  • high resolution – built in 100 micron layers, 600 x 540dpi
  • 3D printers have large build volume – 380 x 250 x 200mm
  • larger sizes can be achieved by printing in sections and joining

Ideal for:

  • conceptual models for architects for both in house design iterations and for client consultation, improving on communication and speed to construction
  • master planning plug models – show context with insertable options
  • interactive construction model for bids and presentation. The colour element works well to highlight structures and details like Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing (MEP)
  • product / concept design – hold a realistic colour model in your hand to evaluate and refine designs

Stereolithography (SLA) 3D printing

Produce large 3D printed models with precise accuracy and superior surface finish

  • sharp edges, best surface finish available
  • transparent resin parts
  • biocompatible
  • highest resolution – 50 microns
  • large build volume – 1500 x 650 x 550mm

Ideal for:

  • components for architectural model makers – smooth finish allows for less post production prior to painting
  • large detailed master planning models
  • high-end marketing models with traditional model making finishes
  • injection moulding and vacuum casting
  • smooth finish and accuracy for automotive and aerospace models

Multi jet 3D printing

High quality functional 3D printing of durable plastic parts:

  • high resolution – HD 16 micron layers
  • toughness
  • high temperature resistance
  • functional moving parts
  • biocompatible
  • build volume – 298 x 185 x 203mm

Ideal for:

  • engineering and mechanical design applications
  • animations for marketing models
  • form and fit, rapid tooling, manufacturing
  • medical – biocompatible material for maxillofacial surgery

Send your files to us by email or upload them here and we will quote you for your project.

We can produce most models in 24 – 48 hrs from receipt of your STL file.  If you do not have an STL file ready we can convert from your native 3D CAD files or prepare one from paper drawings or 2D DWG’s.  See 3D Design for more information on this conversion service.

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