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Additive Manufacturing - Industrial 3D Printing
Additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing, is one of the most effective ways to produce complex prototypes and parts. You can obtain highly detailed physical replicas of your CAD designs by using 3ERP’s industrial-grade 3D printing technology.
There are a variety of 3D printing processes that utilize distinct technologies and materials. Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printing involves extruding a thermoplastic filament through a heated nozzle, depositing it layer-by-layer in a predetermined pattern until an entire solid object or component is formed. Stereolithography (SLA), on the other hand, uses a high-powered laser to solidify plastic resin within a vat into a physical model.
There’s also Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), an industrial-grade 3D printing technology that also uses a high-powered laser, but is instead sintering thermoplastic-based powdered material into a high quality model. Selective Laser Melting (SLM) is considered to be related to SLS technology, but instead of plastics, it uses its high power-density laser to melt and fuse metallic powders together.
At 3ERP, we specialize in industrial-grade plastic and metal 3D printing, which enables us to produce even the most complex parts in a quick and efficient manner. We provide SLA, FDM, SLS & SLM 3D printing services, which means that whatever you wish to print, we can find the most effective technology and material for your needs.
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Advantage of Additive Manufacturing
3D printing is capable of producing complex object, giving you more design freedom when it comes to your CAD model.
High-performance plastic and metal materials can be used to 3D print functional prototypes and end-use parts for in a variety of industries, such as automotive, aerospace, medical, electronics, and much more.
Additive manufacturing tends to be much faster than traditional manufacturing techniques, reducing the wait for part and prototype production.
Quick turnaround time and very little material waste.
Identical or highly customized parts can be manufactured on a single platform simultaneously, making it both cost-efficient and time-efficient.
How to Select 3D Printing Process
If you need assistance in finding which 3D printing process is the right fit for you, you can set up a consultation and planning phase with our team of additive manufacturing experts.
All 3D CAD files you wish to have printed must be provided for the design and reviewed by the production team so they can be optimized and made to meet design requirements. These requirements will differ between FDM, SLA, SLS, and SLM 3D printing, so be sure to optimize your CAD model for the 3D printing process you wish to use.
PLA – By far the most commonly used 3D printing material on the market, PLA (Polylactic Acid), is cherished for a number of reasons. Not only is PLA affordable, it also offers adequate stiffness and strength. There are an endless amount of PLA colors and blends, including filaments mixed with different woods and metals, each producing a unique and high quality surface finish. However, this material is quite brittle, so it’s best used for visual prototypes, decorative parts, test and calibration tools, etc.
ABS – ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) is a 3D printing material as old as time, one of the first to ever be used with industrial FDM technology. This low-cost thermoplastic is highly resistant to impact, wear, and high temperature, and usually forges a smooth surface finish on your 3D prints. With additive manufacturing, ABS is best suited for automotive hardware, cases and enclosures, toys, consumer goods etc.
PETG – Based on PET, the material widely used to make water bottles, PETG is a 3D printing material that has good impact resistance and tremendous thermal characteristics. Applications for PETG include water-proof parts, snap-fit components, and parts that will incur high stress.
Nylon – Known to be both tough and flexible, Nylon usually requires an industrial-grade FDM 3D printer due to its high extrusion temperature. It’s valuable properties make it ideal for creating gears, assorted tools, cable ties, and other functional objects.
TPE/TPU – TPE and TPU filaments are a blend of plastic and rubber, making it the most flexible FDM 3D printing material on the market. The elastic characteristics of this plastic-based material can be advantageous when producing protective gear, phone cases, and industrial components like transmission belts.
PC – A extremely high strength 3D printing filament, PC (Polycarbonate) provides high heat deflection and impact resistance, making it an optimal choice for parts and objects that will take on harsh environments or parts for engineering applications.
Resin 8119 – This resin is our most commonly SLA material. It has a temperature resistance of up to 65 degrees C.
Resin 8118H – A PA (Nylon)-like resin with exceptionally high tenacity.
Resin 8228 – ABS-like resin material the offers high-intensity, high-impact, and high-temperature resistant of up to 70 degrees C.
Resin 8338 – This resin is the most temperature resistant, able to withstand up to 120 degrees C.
Nylon PA12 – Polyamide is a great option when 3D printing functional prototypes and end-use parts, as it offers mechanical strength, thermal and chemical resistance, as well as long-term stability.
Alumide – A popular material for SLS 3D printing, alumide is a blend of aluminum and polyamide powder that fabricates a metallic aesthetic. It can be easily machined and is resistant to high temperatures, making it the ultimate 3D printing material for automotive parts, small production runs, jig manufacturing, and more.
TPU – Also used in FDM 3D printing, TPU in its powdered form offers even more elasticity, high tear and abrasion resistance, and satisfactory thermal resistance. In certain conditions, TPU can be used to produce food-safe objects.
Titanium – 3D printable titanium-based metal alloys (6Al-4V and 6Al-4V ELI) are widely used for their terrific and versatile high-performance properties. This material is capable of withstanding high temperatures, offers a high strength-to-weight ratio, and is resistant to corrosion. It can also be heat treated for increased strength. All in all, 3D printed titanium is perfect for industries like automotive, aerospace, medical, etc.
Aluminum – The two most commonly used aluminum alloys for 3D printing, AlSi12 and AlSi10Mg, provide strength and hardness, and work well with complex shapes and thin walls. This SLM 3D printing material can be used to produce aircraft parts, spare components, and jewelry.
Stainless Steel – Stainless steels offer high resistance to wear, corrosion, and abrasion, making it an excellent material for surgical instruments, tools, and other production parts.
Cobalt – Cobalt-chrome alloys that can be 3D printed tends to supply parts with high strength, hardness, and high-temperature resistance. This material can be used for a range of applications, including biomedical devices, dental implants, aerospace components, etc.
Nickel – 3D printed parts made from nickel alloys are resistant to heat, corrosion, and oxidation, while also maintain impressive strength in high temperature environments. Since this 3D printing material fairs so well in elevated temperatures, it can used to produce high-performance parts for the aerospace, automotive, and motorsports industries.
Precious Metals – It’s also possible to 3D print precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum, providing a more ductile and shiny look compared to other options. Common applications include jewelry, electronics components, and medical devices.