Advantages of 3D Rapid Prototype

  • Cost-effective printing services with very quick turnaround
  • Customization and design flexibility
  • Instant online quoting service and reliable lead time estimation
  • Wide range of materials and finish options

 

3D Printing Processes

3DPrinting-Process

  • Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM): A 3D printing process that extrudes melted filament through a nozzle, building up an object layer by layer. FDM is compatible with a broad range of materials and can be used for prototyping or end-use production. 
  • PolyJet 3D Printing: A 3D printing technology developed by Stratasys that jets layers of a curable liquid photopolymer onto a build surface to achieve smooth, high-resolution parts. PolyJet is also capable of multi-color and multi-material 3D printing.
  • Selective Laser Sintering (SLS): A 3D printing process that uses a computer-controlled laser to sinter a powdered material (such as Nylon or polyamide) layer by layer. The process produces accurate, high quality parts that require minimal post-processing and supports.

 

Material

PLA

It has high stiffness, good detailing, and affordable pricing. It is a biodegradable thermoplastic with good physical properties, tensile strength and ductility. It gives 0.2mm accuracy and a small stripe effect.

Subtypes


  • ABS
  • ABS Like
  • Acylic
  • Nylon
  • ABS
  • ABS Like
  • Acylic
  • Nylon
  • ABS
  • ABS Like
  • Acylic
  • Nylon

ABS

It is a commodity plastic with good mechanical and thermal properties. It is a common thermoplastic with excellent impact strength and less defined details.

Nylon

It has good impact resistance, strength, and toughness. It is very hard and has good dimensional stability with maximum heat resistance temperature of 140-160 °C. It is a thermoplastic with excellent mechanical properties, high chemical and abrasion resistance along with fine powder finish.

Vero

It is a multi-purpose and multi-colour photopolymer offering strength, stiffness and versatility. It is also smooth, accurate, clear, and flexible. For multi-material versatility, it can be blended with other photopolymers to vary hardness, flexibility, translucency, or heat resistance.

Vero Clear

It is smooth and precise making it ideal for ornamental purpose as well as for mechanical use. It is strong, stiff, elongated, and impact resistant. It can be used as an alternative to glass for lenses, clear covers, dispensers, and light pipes.

ABS-like

It is high impact resistant and good shock absorbent. It is designed to simulate ABS-grade engineering plastics by combining high-temperature resistance with high toughness. It has a high impact resistance of 65-80J/m and a heat deflection temperature of 58-68 °C upon removal from the printer. A higher heat deflection temperature of 82-95 ºC can be achieved after thermal post-treatment.

Rubber-like

It has shore hardness below 70A producing parts with a rubber-like feel along with good mechanical properties. It does not require support material and is used for producing complex geometries.

Finishes

Standards

After the removal of support structures, the surface of the part is media blasted for enhancing the uniform finish of the final part. For a smooth surface finishing and a higher level of feature detailing, SLA is the most preferred finish for the visual application.

Additional Finishes

Polishing or feature detailing using CNC machining are additional post-processing finishes widely used for produced parts. The semi-transparent look of the surface achieved by standard finishing can be further processed for a smoother and cleaner finish.

Applications

Rapid Tooling
Rapid Tooling

Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) and fused deposition modeling (FDM) are widely used for producing tools, fixtures, and jigs. The ability to craft these parts on demand and to meet specific requirements is highly beneficial for manufacturers.

Rapid Prototyping
Rapid Prototyping

3D printing is an ideal production method for manufacturing concept models during the design phase and fully functional prototypes for product testing. The technology is well suited to this application because it offers quick turnarounds for prototypes and design flexibility.

Direct Manufacturing
Direct Manufacturing

More and more, 3D printing is being utilized for the production of end-use components and products, especially when customization is needed. The technology’s flexibility, efficiency and the range of possible build materials are leading it into end-use applications across many industries.

 

RapidDirect’s 3D Printing Services

 

Overview:

3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is a process by which parts are constructed, layer-by-layer, in an additive fashion. 3D printing encompasses a range of technologies for both polymer and metal production. In the polymer category are techniques such as fused deposition modeling (FDM), selective laser sintering (SLS) and stereolithography (SLA), while processes such as selective laser melting (SLM) and Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) are used for metals. 3D printing is increasingly used both for rapid prototyping and end-use production as it enables engineers to integrate highly complex geometries into parts and explore new, cutting edge designs. Through our services, we ensure our customers reap the benefits of 3D printing for their projects.

 

Why 3D Printing At RapidDirect?

  • Using RapidDirect ensures that your Rapid Prototyping Project is created using the latest 3D Printing technologies.
  • RapidDirect offers the widest range of materials for your product.  We can guide you to the best material for your project.
  • There are multiple finishing options for the material you choose. RapidDirect can guide you through these options.
  • Get your Rapid Prototype Project or product within 48 Hours.  Our team is ready to help you now.
  • Quotes and lead times estimates are easy to get going.

Specify your requirement, upload your drawings and CAD files, to get your custom quote in 2 hours.