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3D Printing

Increase your workflow with 3D Printing

Chose between a range of processes such as FDM (polymer extrusion), SLA (UV curing resin) and SLS (powder fusing). Create quick prototypes or manufacture end-use parts inhouse. Explore our range of 3D Printer technologies we offer to find the best solution for you.

FDM            SLA

DLP              SLS

 Metal      Circuits

How Can 3D Printing Help You

Quicker Product Iteration

Adopting 3D printing in the product development stages allows for more rigorous testing, better exploration of ergonomics and shorter lead times to market.

Gain an advantage over your competitors with 3D printing

Increase Output

3D printing can be a vital tool for aiding mass production, you can create high resolution tooling without having to wait on suppliers, make wax moulds for investment casting and jigs to improve the efficiency of your production line.

Fine Detail to Large Parts

3D print a model of a car or create jewellery with details as fine as 25 microns, the possibilities are limitless with 3D printing.

High Performance Parts

Some 3D printers have the capability to create sleek, professional looking parts with the mechanical properties that out preform aluminium. 3D printed parts are not just used to create visual models, they can be used in technical or manufacturing applications.

FDM

Expand with the most versatile and widely used form of 3D printing…

FDM relates to the 3D printing process whereby molten polymer is extruded through a nozzle, the polymer is allowed to set before another polymer layer is bulit on top of it. 

End Use Parts

Strong, lightweight and weather proof parts that can be used for technical applications

 

Markforged printers create extremely strong prints through two methods:

  • The filament used for Mark forged printer, Onyx, contains chopped up fibres to reinforce the polymer
  • Markforged printers allow for Continuous Fibre Reinforcement (CFR), whereby long strands of fibre are embedded along the X-Y axis of the part.

 

Find out more about Markforged.
Markforged End Use Parts

Rapid, Large Scale Prints

Sculpturing, modelling cars and making film props without extensive labour cost and long lead times

 

Massivit 3D printers polymer layers set, not by cooling down, but by being cured with UV light. This unique process allows for extremely quick printing, making it the fastest in the industry.

If you are searching for a large scale printer with more flexibility and diversity in the material range then BigRep is ideal for you.

Massivit Large Prints

Low Cost Prototyping and Product Iteration

Replace traditional prototyping with high speed, accurate 3D printing

 

Find a 3D printer to meet your specific build volume, material choice, speed and quality needs:

 Sindoh

Quick and Easy Prototyping with 3D Printers

SLA - Stereo lithography

Check out Formlabs range of SLA printers:

SLA printers work by creating a polymer shape from UV curing liquid polymer. Using light to create the shape allows for more precision.

Extensive range of materials

Extensive Range of Materials for a Variety of Applications

A Material for any need

Formlabs stock over 20 materials that can be used for parts requiring properties such as; rigid, elastic, high temperature resistant, durable, flexible, surgical hygiene, fast printing and wax casting.

And are designed for specific used such as; investment casting, dentistry, model making, jigs and engineering uses

Check out the material range
Small and intricate designs

High Resolution and Intricate Shapes

Create high resolution and intricate parts

With Formlabs printers you can create very detailed parts due to the fact the shapes form is created through lasers. Formlabs slicing software, Preform, allows for highly complex 3 dimensional support structures which broaden the limits of the printer capabilities.

 

Find out more about Preform.

DLP - Digital Light Processing

Achieve quick prints from UV curable resins

DLP is similar to SLA apart from one big processing difference. SLA uses a singular laser to map and cure each individual laser, DLP projects the cross section of each layer in one flash. 

Quicker Print Time than SLA

DLP printing produces prints quicker but comprises on quality

 

SLA printing operates through using a very fine laser to cure the resin, and therefore make the objects shape. DLP projects the cross section of each layer n “one go”, each layers shape is cure at once. The UV light is projected from a screen, the quality is limited to the pixels of the screen whereas SLA can produce details as fine as the thickest of the laser.

Looking for faster printer? Check out Draft V2 for Formlabs SLA printers. It is the quickest resin to print and cure, without comprising quality

SLS - Select Laser Sintering

Don’t comprise quality with SLS printing

SLS printing works by using a very fine laser to fuse powder particles together to form a solid. A layer of powder is covered over the previous formed layer and the process is repeated. The unused powder acts as a support for all the features above, resulting in very intricate parts without the support marks.

No part is too complex, detailed or difficult for SLS

No support marks and no dimensional restrictions

 

SLS printing allows for designs with overhangs, sharp edges and intricate detail to be printed with ease. It does all this without leaving any support marks to the design

The Fuse 1 currently only prints with Nylon 12 but research is underway for further development into other materials

Fuse 1

Formlabs have created the first affordable and diverse SLS printer

 

Traditional SLS printers have been bulky, expensive and require extensive training to operate and maintenance. No more!

This SLS printer is ideal for production where the output is continually being improved and personalised

Metal Printing

Metal printing is one of the newest forms of 3D printing on the market.

Metal printing can create stronger parts which are better suited for mechanical uses, however to melt and form metal requires more energy and a better controlled environment, this can greatly increase the cost and complications of the process.

Create Complex Metal Shapes

Replace old CNC with the new 3D printing

Metal printing is looking to over overtake current CNC machines in mass production. The process creates less waste, has less dimensional limitations and the parts can still be post processed.

Although the parts may need post processing and heat treatment to get a similar finish and strength to CNC produced metal components.

 

If you are looking for high quality 3D printed metal components check out:

Metal Powder Bed Fusion

Substitute for casting

Powder bed fusion creates highly detailed parts with a professional finish. Advantages over metal casting include being less labour intensive, more flexibility in designs and quicker lead times (you don’t need to wait for wax moulds to be produced.)

Metal Powder Bed fusion is only recommended for mass production or very high end products due to it’s large setup cost.

Nano dimension 3d printing

3D printing has never been so big, or so small!

3D printing has unlocked the true potential of the computerised world. Circuit boards and processors that use to fill up a whole room can now be compacted into circuits so small they fit in your hand. The ever improving power of circuit boards has lead to the rapid grow in innovation in electronics.

Nano Dimesion

Create powerful circuit boards

 

Nano technology are leading in the industry for super powerful and super small circuit boards and PCBs. They have revolutionised the industry and created some of the smallest circuit boards on the market.

Printing Housing for Circuits

Material Selection is key

When 3D printing to make housings for electronics and circuits, you must have a insulating material that doesn’t create a built up of static. Any static or electrical build up can short the circuits and cause long term damage.

For Mark forged:

Formlabs:

How Does An SLS Printer From Formlabs Work?

 

If you’re interested in buying an SLS printer from Formlabs, a trusted supplier such as Solid Print3D can help you out. SLS stands for “selective laser sintering”, which is a 3D printing process. An SLS printer works by using high-power lasers to put together the minuscule grains of polymer powder.

3D printing has become increasingly popular over the past few years, not least because it is fast becoming a more affordable and convenient way of creating three-dimensional items. Although there are different approaches to 3D printing, SLS is one of the most popular choices out there.

 

The Advantages Of SLS

 

Solid Print3D recommends a Formlabs SLS printer; it’s often the top choice for anyone who needs to create prototypes and functional parts. Its mechanical properties are ideally built for working on these kinds of projects.

It’s also perfect for creating objects that are geometrically complex. Because it doesn’t need much support, it can be used to make whatever shape you need it to form.

The SLS Formlabs 3D printer is also the best option if you want a high-quality output for small to medium batches of items. Just a point to note, though:  the end results may need a little post-processing because of the grainy finish.

The good news is that this post-processing is usually relatively easy to do. You can try dyeing, lacquering, polishing, or spray painting, depending on your requirements.

 

The SLS 3D Printing Process

 

Here’s a step-by-step look at the process.

  1. Inside the build chamber of the Formlab SLS printer, a thin layer of polymer powder is spread out onto a platform.
  2. The printer will preheat the powder and maintain a temperature just below the raw material’s melting point. This step makes it easier for the laser to increase the temperature on specific points as it copies the model.
  3. As it scans the model, the powder particles are fused together, creating a single, solid part. The unfused powder serves as the part’s support, thus eliminating the need for any support structures.
  4. The platform lowers down by a single layer in depth into the build chamber. This layer is usually around 50 to 100 microns. A recoater then starts to add each layer of powder material on top. The laser then continues to scan the next section of the part being built.
  5. The process is repeated layer after layer until the entire object is complete. It is given enough time to cool down inside the printer.
  6. Once the parts are ready, the build chamber is brought out of the printer. The printed parts are then separated, and any excess powder left can be cleaned off.

The printing process in 3D has definitely come a long way from its initial development in the 1980s. The various technologies available today offer a much more efficient and cost-effective way to make all sorts of 3D items. And with the Formlabs SLS printer, it’s an affordable option for your business to invest in.

If you want to enjoy the benefits of an SLS Formlabs printer, talk to a trusted supplier in the business. Contact Solid Print3D today by calling 01926 333 777 or by sending us an email to info@solidprint3d.co.uk.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

What is the difference between SLA and SLS?

An SLS printer is different from an SLA printer in a number of ways. For instance, an SLS Formlabs printer uses powder that is selectively fused together, while with an SLA printer, a liquid resin is cured instead.

Both printer types do have their similarities, however. Both utilise a laser to create the objects that they produce layer by layer.

 

What is SLS 3D printing?

Selective laser sintering (SLS) is a method that uses a laser to sinter powdered material. A powdered form laser 3D printer aims the laser automatically at points in space taken up by a 3D model, then binds the material together to form a solid structure.

 

What material does SLS use?

SLS printers use production-grade nylon materials, which are known to create durable, functional parts that last.

It is also worth noting that parts printed using a Formlabs SLS drucker can easily compete with other parts produced using traditional manufacturing techniques.

 

How do SLS printers work?

As seen in various Formlabs Fuse 1 SLS 3D printer demos, tiny particles of hardy materials such as plastic, glass, or ceramic are fused together using heat from a high-power laser to form a durable, three-dimensional solid object. SLS technology is one of the best ways to 3D-print materials today.

 

What are the advantages of SLS?

SLS parts made with a high-powered laser printer have good, isotropic mechanical properties, making them highly suitable for use as functional parts and prototypes.

Because SLS products created using an industrial environment 3D printer require no supports, producing complex geometric designs simply isn’t an issue. Also, the machine’s high-manufacturing capabilities are ideal for small to medium batch production.

 

Reasons Why You Should Buy SLS Printers For Your Business

 

One of the most widely used technologies for additive manufacturing these days is the selective laser sintering 3D printer. Nowadays, this technology is no longer limited to creating prototypes.

SLS technology has also found various applications in a wide variety of industries. If you’re wondering how a Formlabs SLS printer can benefit your industry and line of business, listed below are some advantages:

  1. It can produce highly complex yet lightweight parts.
  2. It enables the use of powerful systems and models for faster product development cycles.
  3. It can manufacture a large volume of customised and on-demand parts made of metals, ceramics, and other durable materials.

 

Advancements In SLS Printer Technology

SLS printers from Formlabs are ideal for both functional prototyping and small production runs, offering a high degree of freedom of design, accuracy, and exceptional mechanical properties.

Recent advances in this technology have led to the creation of more affordable machines that boast a smaller size while retaining industrial-level performance. Many of these machines, such as those offered by Formlabs have become relatively inexpensive to purchase.

 

Different SLS 3D Printers

 

There are several types of SLS 3D printers on the market today. To best understand which machine to get for your specific industry or business, you need to know the underlying technology used. You should also take note of which are the leading manufacturers of a high-quality laser fuse polymer powder printer, as well as the type, features, and pricing of each.

3D printing is one of the most sophisticated technologies today. With the use of SLS 3D printers, there is a whole host of new high-quality products, parts, and functional materials that can be created with precision and ease.

To find out more about the power of Formlabs SLA/SLS technology, get in touch with Solid Print 3D now. Visit our store for the latest products and price offerings.