3D Printing Service
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With our in-house production facilities for additive manufacturing and composite processing, combined with extensive experience in design, manufacturing and development, we offer all the advantages that these technologies have to offer. You can rely on us for a total picture from idea to finished product, consultancy and training.
What is 3D-printing and Additive Manufacturing?
Additive Manufacturing (AM) is the process of creating objects from 3D model data. These are built up layer by layer. This in contrast to conventional techniques. Within Additive Manufacturing we know different printing techniques: FDM, laser sintering (SLS), stereolithography (SLA) ... These techniques are used for applications in industry, retail, automotive, aerospace and increasingly in the medical world. Discover here what we can offer you.
With our 3D printing service, we print your designs on-demand. Upload your model online and request a price quotation directly via the contact form.
We can produce your product after the design phase and any prototype phase in small to medium runs. You decide the quantity.
By using additive manufacturing prototyping, we quickly and easily obtain a functional product on which we can build further. An effective example of the end product says more than an idea worked out on paper.
Printing as tooling
By combining the freedom of form of 3D printing with the processing of composites and/or casting resins, we create the possibility of applying this freedom of form in the production of parts in different materials/applications. 3D printing is therefore ideally suited for making moulds for casting resin.
Within the additive manufacturing production method, various techniques/technologies are distinguished, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.
FDM is a printing technique in which a movable nozzle superimposes long, thin threads of thermoplastic material on top of each other. A three-dimensional object is thereby created, layer by layer. The appearance of an FDM print is very different from the result of a professional 3D-printer. The print layers (layerings) are clearly visible on the surface of an FDM print.
SLS is a printing technique in which objects are built up layer by layer by melting (sintering) powder using a laser. This hardens the powder and ultimately creates a complete object in 3D. After the process and the cooling of the entire powder block, the product is removed from the construction volume, and the excess powder is removed.
The operation of an SLA machine revolves around the layer-by-layer exposure of a liquid bath containing a UV-sensitive liquid polymer. The liquid polymer is exposed layer by layer using a UV laser, after which the liquid cures at the location where it was exposed to the UV laser. This printing technique is not only the oldest form of 3D printing, but it is also used in many places where high resolution is required.
Deze printtechniek is niet alleen de oudste vorm van 3D-printen, maar ze wordt ook op vele plekken ingezet waar een hoge resolutie nodig is.
Through the necessary material studies, we try to produce stronger and stronger materials with which we can carry out 3D-printing. It’s mostly thermoplastics such as PLA, ABS, PETG that are used for 3D-printing. By combining these materials with pieces of fibre reinforced plastics such as carbon- and/or glass fibre, we obtain a much stronger material that is better able to resist external forces, impacts, etc.
Continuous Fiber Composite 3D-Printing
Some products require extra strength in order to function optimally. The advantage of this technique is that the printing is carried out with one long fibre. In this way, plastic/composite parts are created that are 1/1 as strong as a milled part.
Instead of using a standard 3D-printer in the usual way, we print here by controlling a robotic arm. This method of 3D-printing creates new possibilities for carrying out projects on a larger scale, and opens up a whole new perspective within the concept of 3D-printing.
|Parameter||Fused Deposition Modeling||Stereolitography||Selective Laser Sintering|
|Operation principle||Extrusion of melted filament||UV curing||Laser sintering|
|Printing materials||Thermoplastic polymer in the form of string (filament) i.e. PLA, ABS||Resins/photocurable liquid materials||Powdered sinterable polymers (i.e polyamides, TPU, TPE)|
|Advantages||Low cost||High print resolution||No support structure|
|Fast printing time||High process automatization||Quality prototyping|
|Disadvantages||Need of support structures||Narrow material variety||Long printing time|
|Thermal shrinkage of filament||High maintenance costs|
|Applications||Fast prototyping||Complex internal geometry prototypes||Education|
|Education||Dental models||Functional prototypes|
|Prototyping moveable parts|
|Layer thickness||0,1 - 0,3 mm||0,05 - 0,15 mm||0,060 - 0,15 mm|
|Printing with support structures||Yes||Not always necessary||No|
|Printing objects with movable parts||Not always achievable (lower precision)||No||Yes|