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Affordable Additive Manufacturing for SMEs

Produce detailed prototypes and functional end-use parts with a range of 3D printing processes. Choose from SLS, SLA, and FDM technologies based on your SME’s needs. Get creative product designs to market faster and at a lower cost.

Boost your manufacturing capabilities with 3D printing

Comparing the benefits:

SLS

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Exceptional part strength and quality in one package

SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) printers use an accurate laser beam to melt fine thermoplastic powders into solid objects. The surrounding powder supports each layer, allowing the creation of highly complex parts. Up to 70% of unused powder can be recycled, significantly lowering material costs.

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Strong Parts for End-Use Applications

SLS printing creates parts with high strength, impact and chemical resistance, and thermal stability. It’s an ideal technology to create robust end-use parts in automotive, engineering, and medical fields.

This technology allows for unparalleled freedom of design. Create intricate surface details and sharp edges with ease.

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Formlabs Fuse 1

SLS 3D printers used to be expensive and large machines, suitable only for large-scale industrial operations. Formlabs Fuse 1 has changed the landscape and made SLS printers accessible to small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Formlabs Fuse 1 is a compact and affordable benchtop SLS printer that brings industrial power to any business.

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SLA

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High Detail, High Versatility

Over the years, the process of SLA has become one of the most accurate 3D printing methods on the market. SLA printers create sharp, clear details that are perfect for demonstration models and prototypes.

The printers support a wide range of materials, from prototyping resins to medical, flexible, and rigid resins. With more than 20 materials available, SLA can serve every user.

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Intricate detail at great speed

SLA (Stereolithography) 3D printers cure liquid resins with UV light to create parts with stunning detail quality. The process works fast, shortening the prototyping process from days to hours. SLA printers can even create end-use parts with the right material choice.

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An SLA Printer for Every Need

The Formlabs Form printer family offers an SLA printer for every business. From the industry-leading Form 3+ to the large-format Form 3BL.

3D Systems Figure 4 is a high-speed solution from a pioneering manufacturer in 3D printing. With fast print speeds and expansive material support, Figure 4 enables same-day prototyping and low-volume production.

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FDM

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Low-Cost Prototypes and End-Use Parts

FDM printing is a cost-efficient solution for both entry-level and experienced additive manufacturers. Their simple usability allows manufacturing businesses to easily incorporate them into product design and production workflows.

With an extensive selection of materials available, FDM printers are some of the most versatile 3D printers on the market. They can create detailed models and prototypes.

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Industry-leading versatility at affordable prices

FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) is one of the most popular 3D printing technologies. FDM printers extrude molten polymer through a nozzle and deposit it in layers on the print platform. The wide supported range of materials enables the production of fast prototypes and industrial-strength end-use components even at small businesses.

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Powerful and Affordable 3D Printers

Markforged printers reinforce thermoplastics with continuous carbon fibre, Kevlar, or fibreglass. The Markforged 3D printer range produces parts with smooth surface quality and strong mechanical characteristics.

The Raise3D printer range offers affordable, high-volume FDM printers. Their wide material support allows users to print with any filaments, from cheap plastics to high-performance engineering materials.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does 3D printing work?

The exact methodology depends on the printer’s technology. All 3D printers build parts in layers, either by depositing or solidifying material on top of previous layers.

What are the benefits of 3D printing?

3D printers can help SMEs reduce lead times and material costs in prototyping and small-batch part production. They enable great design freedom by producing shapes conventional manufacturing can’t create. 3D printers can help you unlock new business opportunities with different materials and faster time to market.

Which 3D printing technology should I choose?

Your choice of 3D printing technology depends on your intended application. Some printers perform better in prototyping than in end-use production, and vice versa. The experts at Solid Print3D can help you find a technology that suits your SME.

Is there a difference between “3D printing” and “additive manufacturing”?

Technically, no. Additive manufacturing is an umbrella term that covers multiple 3D technologies, including 3D printing. Other technologies that fall under additive manufacturing include 3D scanning and CAD design.

Are 3D printed parts as good as conventionally manufactured parts?

3D printing is a tool like any other in that it suits certain applications better than others. But 3D printing can create more complex part geometries than traditional tooling or manufacturing. Some plastic 3D printing materials can also offer comparable or better mechanical characteristics than traditional metal while significantly lowering part weight.

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Why Solid Print3D?

At Solid Print3D, we aim to provide you with the best service possible in the purchase and support of your 3D Printer. Whether you require training, technical advice or additional support regarding the operation of your new printer, we will be there to help with our team of 3D printing experts on hand.

World Class Support

We provide world-class support from our in-house 3D printing experts, to make sure that the experience you have with your new 3D printer is as seamless as possible.

Training in 3D Printing

We also offer training in how to fully utilise your new 3D printer, with courses available for FDM/FFF and SLA printing.

Choosing the right 3D Printer for your business?

Whether this is your first foray into 3D Printing, or if you are a 3D Printing veteran, choosing the right printer for your requirements can be a daunting task. With new acronyms appearing every week and the industry rapidly evolving it can be difficult to understand the technology, systems, materials, mechanical properties and surface finishes and which methodology is going to work best for you. Below we list some typical questions you will need to think about:

What is the Maximum size I will need to print?

Printers come in all shapes & sizes. One of the first questions you should ask yourself is, what is the largest part i will need to print” and “am i happy gluing smaller parts together?” Our printers have varying build volumes from a 200mm cube to a full 1m cube and getting this right will save you money & time.

My product needs specific mechanical properties.

The 3D Printing industry is moving at an ever-increasing pace, but the biggest strides are being made with a variety of materials now available. Will you part need to withstand a load, withstand high temperatures, work in an abrasive environment, withstand UV light, or is it just a quick prototype to test the aesthetics? From everyday PLA to Continuous Carbon Fibre or even Metal printing we can advise you on the best material & technology for your needs.

My part needs to be highly detailed.

The surface finish on 3D Printed parts is getting better with every new generation of printers & the advances being made with material science. Typically SLA (Stereolithography) produces a better, most consistent finish than FDM but this comes at a slightly higher cost with materials. FDM printers are good enough for most applications these days but for an “injection moulded” look & feel, SLA is your go-to technology.

What is the lifetime cost of a 3D Printer?

Typically a 3D printer is costed over a 3 year period. The ROI (return on Investment) can vary depending upon the application but it’s not uncommon to see a 3D Printer producing production parts pay for itself within 3 months. If you are currently outsourcing 3D Printing, want to check fit & function, or just rapidly iterate you design without lengthy lead times, 3D Printing is a tool that saves businesses time & money every day.

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