3D Printing

3D Printing also known as Additive Manufacturing (AM) is the process of making a physical object from a three dimensional digital model.

Here at 3D Print Bureau we specialise in turning your digital designs in to reality. Our highly trained team of 3D Professionals are experienced in not only just printing your files, but fixing them too. Using the latest in 3D Software we can fix and analyse where necessary to make sure you get the optimum 3D Print from your file.

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3D Processes Compared

Process Description Advantages Disadvantages Applications

Polyjet

Jetted droplets of UV cross-linked polymer

  • Fantastic surface finish
  • Colour realistic models
  • Achieve complex shapes
  • Low material strength
  • Affected by sunlight and heat
  • Medical Devices
  • Multi-material objects
  • Assembled prototypes

FDM (Fuse Deposition Modelling)

Extruded layers of thermoplastic

  • High part strength
  • Low cost
  • Poor surface finish
  • Slow printing
  • Electronics housing
  • Jigs/Fixtures
  • Custom products

DLP (Direct Light Projection)

Stereolithography

  • Print higher resolution models
  • Smooth surface finish
  • Can be expensive
  • Some models can be brittle
  • Injection Moulding
  • Metal casting applications

SLS (Selective Laser Sintering)

Laser fusion in a powderbed

  • Strong
  • Complex parts
  • Large build volume
  • Grainy surface finish
  • Parts can be porous
  • Electronics housing
  • Mounts
  • Aerospace hardware

MJP (Multi-Jet Printer)

UV cured acrylic plastic with wax support material

  • High definition
  • 0.2mm features
  • Wax soluble support material
  • Slightly higher cost than polyjet
  • Longer print time
  • Single material
  • High resolution models
  • Silicon mould production
  • Small electronic devices

CJP (Colour-Jet Printing)

Chemically sintered gypsum powder

  • Full colour realisation
  • Recyclable support material
  • Cost effective & quick
  • Fragility of models
  • Smaller┬ácolour gamma
  • Architectural
  • Large volume display models
  • FMEA/FEA (Failure Modes Effect Analysis)

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