What is 3D or additive manufacturing
In its simplest form a three-dimensional material layer is controlled by deposition rate as set by the printer operator and stored in a computer file.
Traditionally, 3D printing or additive manufacturing focused on polymers for printing as these were seen to be the easiest to manufacture and handle polymer materials.
In fact the origins of 3D or additive manufacturer can be traced back to the 1950,s. Polymer methods we adopted and advanced through the 1980,s and 1990,s and then in the early 2000,s further advancements allowed for metal 3D (AM) printing rather than producing from traditional billet and bar stocks.
Today we work with Jellypipe to offer our customers 3D printing and additive manufacturing to offer many different types of material printing including among many others: PA, ABS, Alumide, Elastromer, TPI, Polypropylene, Quartz sand, PrimeCast, Aluminium, and Vero.
We can offer you a solution for prototyping or small and large product runs.
With an association of over 80, 3D printing service providers worldwide enables us to offer you the best deal in our real-time marketplace. As always, you can choose the “Best Price” or the “Fastest Delivery” option
Advantages of 3D printing
Additive manufacturing offers many advantages over conventional manufacturing processes, including:
- Shorter production time
- Great flexibility in case of changes
- Lower price (no tooling costs)
- Optimisation possibilities
On the Jellypipe platform you can order 3D products directly with a 3D print file. Your advantages:
- Best offer: shorter delivery time or better price on request
- Fast and easy ordering: automatic verification of the 3D print file
- Agile: new materials and new technologies, available in one place
- Individual request for projects
- Free delivery of parts
If you would like a fast, free no obligation quote please click here or call David Sanders or Paul Horner on 01908 322 282
An Overview of the most important 3D printing technologies
Binder Jetting (BJ)
In binder jetting sand is bonded in layers by a binder.
ColorJet Printing (CJP)
The full-colour 3D printer builds individual layers on the basis of the digital CAD file and prints the fine polyamide powder in layers from bottom to top. A binder-containing ink is used for this purpose, which specifically bonds the powder.
Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM)
In Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) or Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF), wire-shaped plastic is melted and applied layer by layer.
Multi Jet Fusion (MJF)
With the Multi Jet Fusion, a print head is used to print the binder fluid into a powder bed of plastic. The thermally conductive liquid binds the plastic powder.
Multi Jet Modelling (MJM)
In MultiJet Modelling (MJM), a photopolymer, i.e. light-sensitive plastic is applied to a platform through several nozzles (hence the name). There this plastic is immediately cured.
In the SLA process, liquid plastics (photopolymers) are cured by a UV laser.
In selective laser melting, metal powder is melted layer by layer by a laser.
In selective laser sintering, plastic powder is melted layer by layer.
The core of the technology is a specially developed and patented heating and coating mechanism, which can process even highly viscous resins and pastes at a working temperature of up to 120°C safely and with maximum precision.
Vacuum Casting (Early Adopter)
Reproduction in a silicone rubber mould of a master model (e.g. by 3D printing or stereolithography) previously produced by various methods.
Direct Metal Printing (DMP)
A high-precision laser is directed at metal powder particles, thus building up the part layer by layer.
Silicone Additive Manufacturing (SAM)
Similar to SLA and DLP, SAM works by selectively exposing silicone to a light source to form very thin solid layers that are layered on top of each other to form the geometry of the part.
Selective Absorption Fusion (SAF)
Powder particles are fused in discrete layers using the Big WaveTM powder management system. Uniform heating and part consistency are ensured with this process. By using piezo-electric print heads, both fine details and large areas can be produced without compromising throughput.