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3D Printing Case Study
Here is a nice example of a large part made in smaller sections.
Sometimes we need to make parts which are too large for our 3D printer. In this case
we can split the part up into manageable sections, print them out, and glue them
What is 3D printing?
First, the 3D Printer spreads a thin layer of powder. Second, an ink-jet print head
prints a binder in the cross-section of the part being created. Next, the build piston
drops down, making room for the next layer, and the process is repeated. Once the
part is finished, it is surrounded and supported by loose powder, which is then shaken
loose from the finished part. This can be done in a variety of materials to suit
the customer's specific needs. Finished models can be sanded to produce a superior
surface finish and painted or electroplated to enhance appearance. Secondary operations
like milling and tapping are also possible.
Powder is draw across
the build from left to right
to form a thin layer.
You may be aware of SLA (stereolithographic) or SLS (selective laser sintering) processes
but have been put off in the past due to the cost; the service we offer is a much
less expensive option.
What can be 3D printed?
Basically anything that can be modelled can be printed, we can accept any models
in a variety of formats but we would prefer step, stl or vrml files. Should you have
2D data (dwg or dxf) or even "fag packet sketches" we can create 3D models for you,
suitable for printing and other associated activities. We can print single models
up to 8"x10"x8" (203mm x 254mm x 203mm) however parts can be joined together to produce
Binder is printed onto the powder,
like ink, to form a cross section
of the finished part.
What are the advantages of 3D printing?
Well that is really like asking how long is a piece of string? But the main advantages
are speed and cost. Parts that would have cost thousands of pounds and taken weeks
to produce using traditional methods can now be produced for hundreds of pounds in
days or even hours. These can be used for concept modelling, presentation models,
functional testing and visualisation. In addition, 3D printed models can be used
as master patterns for investment casting and silicone rubber moulding. In some cases
the printed parts can be used as a working parts. All of these can save time and
money for your company.
Finished parts after removal
Have we convinced you yet?
When we first looked at investing in a Z corp 3D printer one of the companies we
worked with produces high end hi-fi equipment and we got a mock up of the front of
a hi-fi system made for them. At first they were not impressed as the buttons did
not protrude far enough to make them functional, however on closer inspection the
problem was with their model and not the 3D printed parts. The next day they were
going to get production tooling produced, so the prototypes saved them many thousands
of pounds in tooling modification costs and saved at least five weeks in getting
the product to market. Having already seen what the Z corp printers could produce
that was enough to convince us.
4 sections glued together
So what next?
If you have any questions or would like a quote or demonstration please contact us
Info@jaspdesign.co.uk or phone on 01908 551100. We look forward to saving you money.