3D PROTOTYPING

If you can imagine it, we can print it. 3D
Prototyping is ushering in the next generation
of product development and rapid prototyping.

 

   

 


3D Prototyping

 

How It Works
 

Rapid prototyping, like the name suggest, is the automated reconstruction of a prototype that was previously scanned. Using solid freeform fabrication or additive manufacturing technology, our printers are able to literally build your prototype, layer by layer, right in front of your eyes. Using a CAD file (that you have designed, or created from a scan of the object), Objet printers are capable of manipulating the design and create successive layers until the model is completely built. Once built, the model is completely functional and ready to use, test and reconfigure. The deviation from the original model is miniscule, as our industry leading capabilities can reproduce your model to within 16 microns (or 0.0016 centimetres). Our printers print 16 micron layers until your model is standing and ready to use (whatever the height may be). These layers directly correspond to the ones from your CAD file data. The advantage to this type or prototyping (additive fabrication) is that you can create any geometric figure you can imagine. The only limitations that exist are in your mind.
 


What Proto3000 Provides
 

Polyjet Matrix Printing:

This pioneering technology that allowed the simultaneous layering of many model material types. Polyjet (many jets) utilizes a wide spectrum of UV acrylic based polymers to form 16 micron (0.0016 centimetres) high-resolution layers. Due to this unprecedented accuracy, little finishing is required. The large variety of possible materials allows from interactive, flexible parts that are fully cured and office friendly – the objects can sit on your desk immediately following production. Within this process, there are two materials used to build: the first is a support material and the second is the actual model resin (this material can be customized). Our technologies allow the support material to be rinsed off in a water jet machine with your polished prototype product remaining intact. Finally, because your prototype is built layer by layer, our technologies let you create moving parts that are ready to use right out of production!

 

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM):

Like all other additive manufacturing technologies, FDM starts with an STL file from a CAD software. Two materials are dispensed from this rapid prototyping machine. One material is for support, while the other is for the model itself. A CAD file defines a path for melted thermoplastics to travel and the model is built up, layer-by-layer, which is eventually cooled into a solid. Although different materials cannot be combined in this form of rapid prototyping, different materials can be used.

 

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS):

A high powered laser is used in this additive manufacturing technique. Our technology allows the laser to fuse tiny metal, plastic, glass or ceramic particles into a 3D model. SLS machines also use CAD files to help produce the prototype, and selectively fusing powdered materials. This fusing is achieved by scanning cross-sections, which are also generated from CAD data. After each section has been scanned, the base of the machine is lowered, in order to apply the next layer. This additive manufacturing technique also permits a wide use of materials. A great selection of polymers (such as polystyrene, nylon, titanium, alloys and steel mixtures) are available for your unique rapid 3D prototype.

 

Stereolithography (SLA):

This additive manufacturing process, which is similar to the above polyjet matrix printing, uses a combination of a UV laser and resin to construct rapid 3D prototypes one layer at a time. With data from a CAD model, the laser scans and traces each cross section on the exterior of the liquid resin. After a laser heats the resin to a solid, it becomes fused with the layer beneath it. The building tray lowers so the process can repeat and your model can be built one layer at a time. After construction is complete, the prototype is immersed in a chemical bath that removes and excess resin. Finally, the product is cured in a UV oven to complete the process.
 


 

Benefits
 

At Proto3000, we understand your unique project demands. Our 3D laser scanning services will ensure shortened manufacturing and production cycles, real shop floor production changes, rapid data capture, improved product quality and increased manufacturing efficiency.

Whether you need to build a prototype from scratch, or need to rescale a large model to a more manageable size, we can digitize your product. Using our industry leading technologies, we are capable of transforming your CAD file or physical object into a functional model ready for further research and development.

We will provide you with the necessary tools to ensure your objects specific geometric measurements, to within 16 microns (0.0016 centimetres). With this indudtry leading accuracy, you will be able to view a complete digital representation of your model. With this digital copy, further alterations can be made with reverse engineering efforts or quality inspections at any point in the process!

We understand that in research and development stages, there is little room for error. 3D Rapid Prototyping allows you to remove any imperfections and instantly correct them. In doing so, it saves costs, time and can save you from having to waste resources by recalling defective products.

There are no limits to rapid prototyping. The wide range of rapid prototyping applications include:

 

-          Fit-form-Function testing

-          CAD Data Verification

-          Trade Show Models

-          Production of complex shapes for fine arts exhibitions

-          Operational Model testing

-          Manufacturing working, functioning, quality parts in relatively small numbers

 

We can come visit you at your location or you can send us the part via courier and we will take care of the rest!

 

To get more info, please write to info@proto3000.com

Call today 1-888-88-PROTO (77686) – Option 1
 


 

Trends, Applications, History and Outlook
 

The applications for 3D printers using Polyjet Matrix Technology range from finishing to marketing. They permit a wide array of uses outside the product development industry. Multimedia, manufacturing, and various other industries can benefit from access to a 3D printer or rapid prototyping machine, for in house prototyping, analysis, or as marketing and training tools. These office friendly 3D Printers are both safe and easy to use, making them a valuable asset to any business.

Rapid Prototyping applications are often defined in the product development industry. With the ability to accelerate the product development cycle, as well as performing product analysis prior to manufacturing can save ample amounts of time and money in the long-term. Some of the associated benefits of 3D printers and rapid prototyping machines are as follows:

Proof of Concept

Rapid Prototyping models allow you to inexpensively explore multiple concepts quickly and affordably to review with everyone on the product development design team.

Product Mockups

Product mockups allow you to see your product and catch design flaws before going into production, saving you both time and money.

Functional Testing

Rapid Prototyping allows you to build durable and functional prototypes that can withstand rigorous testing and won't warp, shrink or absorb moisture; making them great for testing form, fit, and function.

Product Cost Reduction

 Catch design flaws early in the design process and save you thousands, if not millions of dollars.

Vacuum Forming

Rapid prototyping models are excellent masters for vacuum forming applications

Marketing Tools

All our models can be sanded, painted, polished, and chrome plated which makes them great marketing tools. Impress your prospects and clients with functional models.

All our models can also be drilled, tapped, and threaded.

Important Note:

Objet materials are Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) compliant. It has a high impact resistance heat deflection temperature (HDT) and a higher HDT can be achieved after thermal post treatment in a programmable oven using different temperature profiles.

 

 

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