3D printing in general is used to describe the process of creating three dimensional objects from digital file using a materials printer, in a manner similar to printing images on paper. The term is most closely associated with additive manufacturing technology, where an object is created by laying down successive layers of material. Recently the term is increasingly being used to describe all types of additive manufacturing processes, or even other types of rapid prototyping technology.
We are able to print your 3D .stl file fast and efficiently in a variety of colors. We provide FDM, SLA & SLS services!
3D FDM Printing:
FDM 3D printed parts are used in product development applications as well as additive manufacturing applications because of the robustness of the parts. ABS prototype parts are often used for first off fit and function prototype tests but rarely when smooth surface finish is critical because of the relatively thick build lines. FDM is best suited for non visible parts where surface finish is not critical. FDM prototype parts are porous but can be sealed using different processes or chemicals. Sparse build technology can also be used to reduce cost or weight of parts.
SLS Sintered Parts:
Sintered parts, or SLS models are ideal when you need tough, stable parts for harsh environment testing or end-use applications. The use of Sintering enables you to eliminate tooling cost and drastically reduce your time and cost of your product development or production.
We use next generation, high precision and production SLS technology from 3D Systems, a global leader in total laser sintering solutions. Choose from the widest selection of materials with properties close to or matching the properties of injection molded parts and get ready-to-use, quality parts.
SLS parts are ideally used for form, fit and function and direct manufacturing applications. Key benefits include:
- Best accuracy and smooth surface finish
- Consistent part characteristics
- Design to tool-less production runs in one step
- Widest range of materials offering
- DuraForm FR – only flame retardant sintering material on the market
- Multiple finishing options
Stereolithography or SLA for short is our most popular rapid prototyping process. The greatest advantage of this process is the final look of the product. Parts built in SLA have a smooth finish much like the end user plastic products you use everyday. Couple that with the high speed of SLA and you have our most popular prototyping process. Agile offers the greatest selection of SLA materials in Canada meaning we can mimic the material properties of your final product. In many cases we use SLA for low volume manufacturing, this is because the more parts you build in SLA, the less cost each part becomes (scales of economy). Scales of economy is one of the many ways our expertise can save you money..