3D PRINTING

Imagine holding your latest design as a solid prototype in your hands…

3D printing has changed the design process. It has taken 3D modelling one step further. 3D modelling is a great way to visualise your new designs, but what if you could hold it in your hands, then pass it around for everyone to have a look at, to touch and feel it in their hands?

3D printing used to be only for large product manufacturers who were designing products that were going to be mass produced in the thousands. It always made sense to create sample versions of any new design, it just wasn’t affordable without the massive scale. That was then, this is now.

Now, if you have a 3D model (or if you don’t, we can help you create one), you can turn your model into reality at an affordable cost.

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    3D Printing for Engineers & Designers

    3D Printing is a quick and inexpensive way to assess and review your design for unexpected errors. You know that the earlier in the process a mistake is identified, the less it costs to fix.

    The costs savings can be as high as a factor of 10. 3D printing can be done early, at the concept phase – right at the start! This will ensure you can review the concept and nut out any ‘showstoppers’ before you go any further.

    Whether you’re designing a new piece of machinery, lifting arrangement or a conveyor head chute, there is a lot that goes into the design. Engineering calculations, 3D modelling, material selection and so many other important details.

    Of course, the design gets reviewed along the way, but people have different priorities as they do varying skill sets, so sometimes, a 2D drawing isn’t the best way to communicate. 3D modelling is a great way to improve on this, while 3D printing takes it one step further. You can show a real, 3D printed model to the maintenance crews and they will tell you straight away if they can see any issues from their point of view.

    The model that requires 2 pages of reading by the decision makers or the one you can push across the table for them to hold while you describe functionality, benefits and other design considerations?

    If you’re keen to test different design options, you can create 2, 3 or even 4 variations to pick and choose from.

    If there are any changes to be made, it is a quick model update, then we can print an updated version and have it back to you within a couple of days.

    Once your have your 3D model “printed”, you can take it with you to the next funding approval meeting and put it right out there on the table in front of you…

    Which project do you think will get more attention (and funding approval)?

    The finer details:

    Materials: We can print models in ABS or PLA. There are some advantages and disadvantages to each, we can recommend which is best for your project.

    Colours: We can print in the following colours: Black, Blue, Green, Grey, Light Blue, Luminous, Orange, Red, Pink, Yellow or White.

    Print Volume: We can print up to 140mm x 145mm x 240mm.

    Model files: We need STL, OBJ or X3d file types. If you don’t have these, but do have a model, then get in touch as we do a lot of 3D modelling so we can most likely convert it for you.
    If you don’t even have a model file, send us what you do have – be it a sketch or a picture, and we will let you know what needs to happen to make it into a model, and also an estimate of time and cost to complete it.

    Fill in the form and upload your file and we will get back to you ASAP with an estimate for your 3D printed model.