3D Print parts Stronger than Metal

Finally, we are able to print End user parts with strength of metal, for the price of plastic.

See the Stress vs Strain Graph for a comparison between all of the materials offered


General Information:

3D Printing technology of today enables you to combine tough materials such as Nylon and Carbon Fiber in order to rapidly produce low volume, end-user parts that are stronger and lighter than metal.

Applications include strong durable tools for manufacturing, high performance parts within the automotive field, prosthetic devices in health care, fashion items and much more.

 

How does it work?

The FDM 3D Printer fuses layers of nylon with continues strands of composites including carbon fiber, kevlar and fiberglass. Manufacturing process takes hours and not days, allowing us to deliver your item or part in a matter of a few days.

Material costs are volume based which are different for each material. For further information or free quotes, visit the contact section, send us an email or give us a phone call.

 

Advantages:

End-user parts characteristics include: high strength, high stiffness, flexibility,  weight reduction, affordability.

There is no vacuum bagging, post curing, or trimming of composites involved in  the process.

The 3d printing software allow us to pause the process, embed electronics (RFID sensors,etc) or other components (hardware like captive nuts, bolts, metallic inserts) and finally continue the printing process. (See images below)

 

Materials:

Thermoplastic:

-Nylon: Flexible or strong depending on the wall thickness of the object. One the toughest plastics widely used on demanding engineering applications. This 3d printing material is one the most affordable and durable on the market.

-Onyx Nylon: The most reliable option in FDM 3d printing. Excellent surface finish and excellent performance.

 

Composites:

All composites are made out of continuous strands of fiber which provide the outstanding strength and stiffness to the part,dramatically.

 

-Fiberglass provides  Strength like metal, allows to embed electronics without interfering Radio Frequency signals, making it ideal for MRI tests and other medical application where metal could interfere in the process.

-Kevlar: Impact resistant, high strength, abrasion resistant. Suitable for professional Sports footwear, moving parts like fan blades among others.

-Carbon Fiber: higher strength to weight ratio than metal. Parts are stronger than steel when applying a tensile load and stronger than aluminum when applying a bending load. It contains Radio Frequency signals when embedding electronics.

 

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A few Application Examples:

- Health Care

 

Physical, tangible models provide a better understanding which  allow for an improved analysis approach, product development,  patient treatment.

 

Prosthetics (Lower and upper limb) are another popular case where 3d  printing technology has changed the lives of many individuals since materials and printers became more accessible and affordable.

 

Below a specific case link:

http://makezine.com/magazine/hands-on-health-care/

 

 

- Consumer goods:

 

  Customized or personalized items are growing rapidly. One size doesn't always fit all. With the aid of faster and more precise scanners, software and printers, we can now provide fashionable items or wearable technology that adapts to your own preferences.

 Jewelry is another application example in which people start to customize  gifts. Special gifts become more memorable when they symbolize or resemble what you consider special. Ex: a wedding ring design inspired by nature, music, art, technology, etc.

 

  Fashion items.

 

 

 

- Automotive:

  Traditionally, it accelerates evaluation (Fit, form and function) of a product and therefore its launch to mass production.
Items with complex geometry, various sizes, different materials, and many more variables.

Customized and improved aftermarket parts.

Restoration.

 


 

OVERVIEW

 

-3D Modeling: Create a 3D representation using the appropriate CAD software for a specific application.

 

-3D Scanning: Process in which a tool acquires data and builds a 3D model of an existing part or assembly.                                 Tools used include a 3D scanner, CAD software to post process the data recorded by the scanner.

 

-3D Printing: Process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer. Objects could be prototypes or end user parts. There are a variety of materials(plastics, metals, composites) and methods involved(FDM, SLA, SLS, etc).

 

-Post processing: We network with reputable post-processing businesses who offer CNC machining, welding, and painting in order to help you finalize your project or item.