Today’s technology offers are a variety of 3D printing approaches, which one and, which material is right for your project can depend on several variables. If you are unsure of what process is best for your project, we will take the time to listen to your needs and help match them with the best 3D technology and material. The different types of printing we offer are:
Fuse Deposition Modeling (FDM)
In this process material melted filament is extruded to create parts layer by layer. A wide range a material can be used such as; ABS, ASA, PTEG, TPU, Nylon, Poly-carbonate, as well as others.
Uses:FDM printing has a wide range of applications such as; prototypes
Direct Light Processing (DLP)
This process also known as one of the two main “vat polymerization” technologies, uses resin that is set by a digital light projector screen to produce highly detailed intricate parts.
Uses: This process is well suited for creating molds, prototypes, patterns and production parts.
Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
This process uses a laser to sinter poweder material together to form a completed part. In this process supports are not needed, which results in a very clean final product that requires very little to no post processing.
Uses: This process is well suited for prototyping of functional polymer parts as well as production runs since it offers a great freedom in design and produces parts with good and consistent mechanical properties.
The second of the two main “vat polymerization” technologies and the predecessor of the DLP process works, very much the same way, but uses a laser set the resin. This process creates parts that can be slightly more detailed than DLP, but the gap is closing quickly.
Uses: This process is well suited for creating molds, prototypes, patterns and productions parts.
Multi Jet Fusion (MJF)
In this process layers of nylon powder are fused together by heat to create a finished part.
As well as many others
Our goal at A3D is to help guide you through the process and ensure that we chose the process that is most appropriate for your project.