Stereolithography (SLA) was the world’s first 3D printing technology, invented in the 1980s, and is still one of the most popular technologies for professionals. SLA uses a laser to cure liquid resin into hardened plastic in a process called photopolymerization. SLA parts have the highest resolution and accuracy, the clearest details, and the smoothest surface finish of all plastic 3D printing technologies, but the main benefit of SLA lies in its versatility. Material manufacturers have created innovative SLA resin formulations with a wide range of optical, mechanical, and thermal properties to match those of standard, engineering, and industrial thermoplastics.
Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) is the most widely used technology in a range of application fields. FDM 3D printers build parts by melting and extruding thermoplastic filament, which a print nozzle deposits layer by layer in the build area. FDM works with a range of standard thermoplastics, such as ABS, PLA, and their various blends. The technique is well-suited for basic proof-of-concept models, as well as quick and low-cost prototyping of simple parts, such as parts that might typically be machined.
We own a specific FFF 3D printer ideal for building large prototypes up to 1100x500x820 mm (XYZ). This machine is able to produce high quality FFF prints which are larger than usual, printed all in one go. This is especially useful if you need to make a large jig or fixture that needs stability throughout the part. Get in touch if you have a particularly large build that needs a high quality finish.
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Multi Jet Fusion - MJF
Typical resolution: 0.08mm (80 microns)
Also know as HP MJF PA12, Professional Plastic, HP Nylon Plastic, Nylon Plastic, PA12 or Polyamide
Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) Plastic PA12 is HP’s nylon plastic with excellent mechanical properties and a smooth and finished surface, making it an ideal choice for a wide range of applications from industrial parts to high quality finished goods. It’s strength, durability and stiffness make it great for functional parts, such RC car parts and mounts. PA12 is the best material to 3D print Mechanical & structural parts, mounts, chassis, eye frames, tech accessories, drone parts, home decor, miniatures, art, prosthetics and much more.
We offer free expertise and and consulting to find out how best to make your parts!
3D Printing finishing
Sandblasting, Painting and Polishing
We offer a professional polishing service ideal to smooths the surfaces of parts and cleans off any material residual. The result is a near injection molded feel for what may be a fraction of the cost.