Types of Plastic 3D Printing
Figure 4 is a modular and scalable manufacturing solution using non-contact membrane technology, state-of-the-art plastic resins, and a light-based UV curing process that takes minutes versus hours with heat-based curing processes. This enables superior final part and material quality, improvements to toughness, durability, high temperature deflection and elastomeric properties. How? The speed of the non-contact membrane process combined with the low static volume print tray allows for more highly reactive material chemistries that are not achievable with other photopolymer 3D printing methods.
SLA delivers the gold standard in surface finish and accuracy, and is available in large build platforms with high resolution settings. SLA addresses a wide range of rapid manufacturing applications, including prototyping, investment casting and indirect manufacturing aids. SLA 3D Printers cure liquid resin materials with a UV laser to produce durable plastic parts with surface smoothness, high resolution, edge definition and tolerances that rival the accuracy of machined or molded plastic parts. The best SLA printers work with a wide range of materials, sizes and price points, which are designed for prototyping, end-use part production, casting patterns, molds, tooling, fixtures and medical models.
Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
Selective Laser Sintering is a process that uses high-powered CO2 lasers to selectively melt and fuse powdered thermoplastics. This process is ideal if you are looking to produce tough, functional parts, with the possibility to achieve excellent surface finish and fine detailing. SLS allows you to go beyond design prototyping and achieve highest accuracy, durability, repeatability and low total cost of operations. SLS is also ideal for complex geometries that would be difficult to produce using other processes, or when the time and cost of tooling becomes prohibitive. It is the best choice for engineers looking for functional parts and prototypes in the sectors of automotive, aerospace, consumer electronics, surgical instruments and shop floor manufacturing.
MultiJet Printing (MJP)
MultiJet Printing (MJP) is ideal for high quality, functional prototypes, jigs, fixtures, indirect manufacturing tools, and direct investment casting applications in jewelry, dental, medical and aerospace.These high resolution printers are economical to own and post processing is virtually handsfree, enabling delicate and complex features to be printed and cleaned without damage.
ColorJet Printing Systems (CJP)
From healthcare and educational settings to the most demanding commercial environments, Colorjet Printing Systems (CJP) provide unparalleled color capabilities at exceptional print speeds, efficiency, and low operational costs. With a vast color range, CJP composite material can generate photo-realistic full-color parts for concept validation and communication. Using cyan, magenta, yellow and black binders to print onto a white powder, it can create both monochrome and full CMYK parts.
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3D Printing Applications for Plastics
Solutions that streamline workflow to accelerate digital design, create appearance models and build functional prototypes.
Additive manufacturing at scale for plastic parts is now a reality, with the productivity, durability, repeatability, and lower total cost of operation manufacturers require.
Accelerate the delivery of high-quality metal products and casting patterns with 3D printed wax and SLA casting patterns.
Jigs and Fixtures
Produce accurate jigs and fixtures with 3D printing to provide a fast and cost-effective way to advance your manufacturing process.
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