3D printing the models is always the most exciting moment for us, because it is always fun to observe how the layers pile up on top of each other to create the final object.
One of the main reasons why 3D printing (also called “additive manufacturing”) has gained huge popularity is the increased speed of making prototypes and other functional parts. The time of printing one part varies from a few minutes to a few days depending on the size of the object and the technology for 3D printing that is required to be used in the specific case. It is important to notice that 3D printing is not a technology for mass production but for the making of parts and models whenever they are needed. Nevertheless, we are open to working with those of you who would like to create small batches of limited edition 3D printed products.
In comparison to the traditional manufacturing methods, 3D printing requires less post-processing. However, it is still required in some cases in order to give the 3D printed models a perfect finished outlook. Post processing can include:
- Cleaning of support
- Varnishing and others.
The price for 3D printing of your digital models depends on all the factors mentioned above:
- The complexity of the object
- Time for 3D printing
- Post processing required
- The technology required for the 3D printing.
Please contact us for more information and a quote for the printing of your 3D object.
THE 3D PRINTING TECHNOLOGIES WE OFFER
1) SLA (STEREOLITHOGRAPHY)
Patented in 1986, SLA (stereolithography) is the first 3D technology to ever exist. The SLA printers use a laser which polymerises photosensitive materials. These materials could be in the form of resin, powder, paste and others. This type of technology is suitable for the making of very detailed objects, objects with complex geometry, objects that will be used for injection moulding or objects for which the outlook is of significant importance. That is the reason why, SLA 3D printing is the perfect solution for the making of dental parts, jewellery, figurines, and even implants!
SLA 3D Printing With Ceramics, Zirconia and Aluminium!
At PrintMe-3D we are proud to announce that we are the first company in Bulgaria which offers ceramic 3D printing. Thanks to the specialists from 3DCERAM, we can now optimize the design of your models and 3D print them from aluminium, ceramics and zirconia!
At the start of the 2000s, the biomedical industry chose on-demand additive manufacturing service, 3DCeram Sinto’s traditional activity, for the production of ceramic implants. Since then, numerous players in the luxury goods industry, and industry in general (the aerospace and automotive industries, etc.) have turned to ceramics 3D printing and the service of 3DCeram to make their parts. Some of the main reasons why ceramic 3D printing is gaining massive popularity are:
- The precision of the printed parts -> down to 10 microns
- It makes it possible to print very complex objects, ones which are impossible to print using the FDM technology.
- The weight of the 3D printed objects is decreased significantly in comparison to the traditional methods of production.
- The availability of materials which after printing do not change their size, form, or weight are are not influenced by drastic changes in temperature.
- The availability of materials which are similar to the human bone structure and replace the need for titanium implants.
In collaboration with 3DCeram, we invite you to get a glimpse into the future of manufacturing and 3D printing with ceramics, aluminium and zirconia. Please contact us for more information regarding this service!
2) DLP (DIGITAL LIGHT PROCESSING)
At PrintMe-3D we also offer DLP 3D printing. This technology is similar to the SLA technology for 3D printing as just like SLA - it polymerases photosensitive material. However, the difference between the technologies is that while SLA uses a laser which cures every single spot in one layer of the model, DLP uses a digital screen that cures all spots of one layer at the same time. This is the reason why DLP is faster than the SLA technology and consequently the price for 3D printing the models is often lower. Nevertheless, while the technologies are similar, SLA and DLP are also unique and their use varies depending on the object that you would like to print.
At PrintMe-3D we offer a large variety of resins which we use depending on your needs. We offer 3D printing with:
- Dental resins
- Hard resin for functional parts
- Flexible resin
- Resins for the making of jewelry and castable resins
- Variety of high precision resins for the printing of figurines and other detailed objects.
3) FDM (FUSED DEPOSITION MODELLING)
FDM is the most well-known and widely spread method for 3D printing. This technology uses thermoplastic polymers which during printing are melted down and turned into 3D objects.
One of the main advantages of this type of 3D printing is the availability of a large variety of materials on the market. Nowadays, we can 3D print your models from PLA, ABS, PET, PVA, FLEX, wood, nylon and many other materials. The size of the objects that we can make for you reaches up to 2 metres! What is more, the FDM technology allows us to control the infill of the models and their density. By doing this we can not only change their weight but when using specific materials, such as FLEX, we could give completely different properties to the objects - such as more or less flexibility depending on the infill. All of the factors mentioned above are crucial for the pricing of this type of 3D printing. Please contact us for more information and a quote for your project!
Because of the constant developments in the FDM technologies for 3D printing, and the large availability of materials, it has become an integral part of the job of engineers, designers and others. It is suitable for the making of prototypes, personalised 3D printed presents, functional parts for your car and many more. The 3D printed objects stand out with perfect mechanical, thermal and chemical properties!