We are also able to offer prototype models and tooling as well as advice on material selection, tooling configuration and specification.
How Does 3D Printing Work?
3D printing, commonly known as ‘Additive Manufacture’ is a form of rapid prototyping where models are made layer by layer without the use of moulds.
There are many forms of additive manufacture which all work in slightly different ways, but essentially they all follow the same principals. Each different method has its advantages and drawbacks, whether it be better surface finish, stronger model for working prototypes or full colour models for display models.
What are the basics?
Every 3D printer needs to print from a CAD (Computer Aided Design) file, generally in STL format. This is a digital 3D version of your product that can be created on various different software packages or alternatively existing things can be 3D Scanned (though this is slightly limited).
The printer software then slices this digital model into thousands of wafer thin slices. These slices are then sent to the printer one by one. Material is then laid down in the exact cross sections of the slices, one on top of the other from the bottom to the top until you are left with your lovely new product.