What is 3D Printing?
3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a process of building up material to create three dimensional objects from digital files. This is opposite to most traditional machining processes which could be considered subtractive manufacturing due to the removal of material to produce parts.
Our shop’s current workhorse in the 3d printing category is a Stratasys Fortus 400mc FDM 3D printer. This machine uses dual extruders and soluble support structures to deliver high strength, tight tolerance parts daily and can print parts in a range of production grade, high performance thermoplastics.
SLA, SLS, DLP, MultiJet, etc.
Currently we have a small, consumer-grade DLP resin printer in house that can achieve small, high-detail parts. This is a new endeavor, so we are still exploring our options in terms of materials and part performance.
Typically we will outsource all of our other 3D printing needs in terms of other materials/processes to local vendors and have been very pleased with the results.
Stratsys Fortus 400mc FDM 3D Printer
Common Materials: ABS, ULTEM, and Polycarbonate (PC)
More information about this specific machine and other viable materials can be found here.
EPAX E6 6″ 2K Mono LCD 3D Printer
Common Materials: Standard Resin (High-detail, brittle)
More information about this specific machine can be found here.