We specialize in 3D printing technologies that use engineering plastics mimicking common thermoplastics. There are dozens of different materials for each printing technology including ABS, Thermoplastic, Rubber-like, Metal, Nylon, and Glass Filled materials. Let us know what your application is and we will help you choose the best additive technology and material.
What is your lead time?
Our standard lead time is 2-3 Business Days but this can vary drastically depending on the size and shape of parts, the 3D printing technology, prototype material, and post processing required. We do offer 24 hour expedite service as well as weekend printing and finishing (additional cost will be added for these orders).
What kind of file do you need?
We prefer STL and/or STP 3D models. Many times a STP file will give us the best resolution. If you need help creating a 3D model our engineering department can provide CAD support for your project.
I have a part but no 3D CAD model, can you print a copy?
Yes, we need a 3D CAD model in order to print a part but we have the capability to 3D scan an existing part and create a model. Learn more about our engineering services here.
What color options do you have?
Some additive technologies allow us to directly print in a wide gamut of colors (Polyjet). We also offer painting services if the technology required for your parts doesn’t directly print in color. Our most common natural colors are White and Translucent.
What is the tolerance on your machines?
Tolerances depend on the technology being used and the geometry of the part in relation to how the part is oriented on the build platform. Our most common tolerance across all our technologies is ±.010″ + with an additional tolerance of +/- 0.002” per inch for parts over 6″ in length. Smaller parts tend to have a tighter tolerance of ±.005″.
Can you print rubber parts?
Yes, there are a few options for printing in rubber-like materials. Elastomer materials for 3D printing can range in durometer, we can print in 27 Shore A to 75 Shore A. Depending on part size and geometry we can also blend elastomer materials to achieve different levels of durometer.
This is a handy chart that give well know references and there equivalent hardness on the Shore scale.
Can you 3D print metal parts?
Yes, we have access to DMP (Direct Metal Printing) machines that can print in a variety of metal alloys including steel and aluminum. We also use Quickcast SLA patterns and investment casting processes to create metal parts.
We can build parts as small as 0.25″ x 0.25″ x 0.25″ or as big as 20″ x 20″ x 20″ in a single piece. Depending on part geometry we can build even smaller parts and we can assembly very large parts by splitting and UV welding pieces together.
Can you make our parts smooth?
Most printing machines build parts in short layers creating visible “layer lines”. Through post processing we are able to sand/blast layers line away if needed. Depending on the prototype application we can achieve a surface finish that is appropriate.