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ABOUT 3D PRINTING
What are the uses of 3D Printing?
For Prototypes—3D printing is your best friend when you want to create a part quickly and without the cost of tooling. When it comes to printing prototypes, the decision to choose 3D printing is much more apparent. You only need one or limited products, so why not have a custom design printed within a matter of days while you pay only for the cost of each unit?
For Production Parts—3D printing isn’t only for prototypes. Depending on your specific needs, it may be the perfect fit for a larger production order as well. Higher volume production is where you simply have to weigh your costs. Often times, the cost of tooling and manufacturing makes traditional production much more expensive than 3D printing your parts. In the end, the volume of your order, as well as the desired production timeline, will determine which manufacturing method is right for your project. We strive to exhibit integrity in all of our business practices, and we are happy to help you choose the most time and cost-effective process for your specific needs.
What is Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)?
If you’re not familiar with different 3D printing methods, SLS is unique in that it allows us to manufacture very complex 3D parts that are both precise and durable. As an additive manufacturing process, SLS uses a laser to sinter, or fuse, powder-based materials layer by layer for form a solid object based on a digital 3D model. Once the solid product is fully formed, it is removed from the powder chamber and all loose material is cleaned off. Because the laser affects only the powder needed to form the model, no material goes to waste.
While many 3D printing methods are typically used for prototypes or simpler designs, SLS is a great method for creating both prototypes and functional parts.
Yes, functional parts. The pros at Ultimate 3D have printed functional auto and aerospace parts, medical prosthetics for everyday use, and much more. The base material used in our machines comes out as an extremely durable but also flexible plastic, which can bend without breaking, unlike the brittle parts formed by 3D printers built mainly for prototypes. In addition, we can add other powders like carbon fiber to the mix to create a variety of material compounds. If you need durable parts that can withstand wear, tear, and heat, SLS is a good way to go.
Key industries that use 3D printing