3D Printing

Reduce Both Your Costs and Time with 3d Printing.

We 3d print in a wide range of materials and work with you to find a material that best suits your needs. 3dprinting in PLA, ABS, ASA, HIPS, Nylon, Co Polyesters, TPE, Composites including Wood, Brass Copper and carbon fibre. Perfect for enclosures, jigs, physical prototypes and end-use products.

Looking to get a product produced in low volumes and need 1 – 1,000 pieces? Injection moulding may be cost prohibitive due to high initial setup costs due to creating the mould.  Enquire about Micro Factory Manufacturing the high quality / affordable option, where items can be 3d printed in volume across multiple printers, often referred to as a ‘3dprint farm’.

Instant pricing is available if you know exactly what you require or you can request a quote, where you can discuss further your needs with the team.

Sectors

Manufacturing
Architecture
Automotive
Consumer Products
Education
Engineering
Jewellery
Medical
Robotics

Applications

Rapid Prototyping
Design Iteration
End Use Parts
Tool Making
Jigs
Mould Making
Functional Testing
Model Making
Low Volume Production
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OUR PROCESS

Upload your 3d file

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3dprints from £10.00

Material Options

Your model is checked for printability by our software, choose your material, colour and quantity required.

Ship & Support

Once payment is processed we 3dprint, process and then ship the parts to you.

Material Usage

Premium:

Polylactic Acid (PLA) is a versatile biopolymer often used for low-cost models due to its ease of printing, lack of warping, cost and is available in a huge range of colours. Downsides of PLA are it is very rigid so breaks easily under impact or elongation and has a low glass temperature so will soften at 60deg C.

Advanced:

Where a part is planned to be used as an end-use product or planning to prototype in the predicted end material for mass production then consider engineering grade materials 3d printing materials, such as ABS, ASA, HIPS, PET, Nylons, and Composite Materials. Generally more use in the real world due to the properties of impact resistance, higher temperature resistance, dimensional accuracy and easier finishing (sanding and painting).

ABS

Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) widely used in the motor industry for its impact resistance and toughness. With a high glass temperature, it is ideal for everyday use as it can withstand temperatures up to approximately 80degC. Very easy to sand makes it an ideal 3dprinting material for end-use parts requiring finishing and or painting.

ASA

Acrylonitrile styrene acrylate (ASA) similar to ABS but with much resistance to temperature and UV radiation (up to 10 times). Originally designed as a material for the construction of car interior parts, this is our go-to material for any products used outdoors.

HIPS

high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) a chemically modified version of polystyrene to allow a less brittle material. Very similar to ABS in properties but parts printed in HIPS have the appearance of an injection moulded part as the materials matte finish hides the layer build-up of a 3dprinted part.

PET

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), similar in properties to ABS and widely used in the packaging industry. Considered as an easy to process recyclable material, we use a recycled filament in-house for all our 3d printed parts containing up to 80% recycled material.

Nylons

The use of nylons as a 3d printing material allows us to produce end-use parts ideal for use in engineering. It is an incredibly strong material that can be tapped and milled to produce fixings. Nylon parts have high elongation properties helping to reduce breakages and make a excellent material for gears due to its excellent abrasion resistance. More recently mixed with carbon fibre to produce a composite which excels in tensile and impact strength and allows continued use at 120 DegC.  Spec Sheet

Undecided on what material you require? Order a sample from our store.

Finishing:

With the advanced materials, there are the added options of additional finishing, including shot-blasting, painting, coatings including metal plating and threaded insert installation.

FAQ.

How long will my 3d printing parts take to Produce?
Our normal turnaround is 2 days, we do offer an express service if required.

Will my model print okay?
We check your 3d models thoroughly and automatically attempt to fix any faults. If your model has very small areas under 1mm thick we may recommend another method of 3dprinting instead of FDM.

How does 3dprinting work?
FDM printing (Fused Deposition Modeling), is a method of building up layers using an extruded themoplastic through a nozzle to create 3d parts.

Can you print it multicolored?
We can print a PLA model in up to 4 colours at the same time, the model has to be created as separate pieces per colour, but we can help with that.

What is a 3d Print Farm?
Its when multiple 3dprinters are used to create parts at an accelerated rate, as an order can be split between over many machines. In some cases producing parts faster than using injection moulding.

Do I need to use the lowest layer heights?
If your print has smooth vertical sides as its main feature, the difference between a low layer height (100 microns) and a medium layer height (200 microns) visually is very small. The advantage of low layer heights is in organic shapes, fine details and radiused corners, where they create much smaller facets.

You dont show any clients prints on your site, why?
The largest proportion of work is all carried out under a non disclosure agreement, so we would never show parts unless agreed by the client. We tend to show parts produced for in house.

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