3D printing is a manufacturing technique, more and more used today to make proofs of concept, prototypes or end-products. Companies are implementing 3D printing at different stages of their manufacturing processes and rethinking their business strategy with this competitive advantage.
Engineers, designers, and even hobbyists are elaborating innovative applications of this cutting-edge technology. 3D printing is a technique which builds objects layer by layer from a 3D file. The process is literally transforming a digital version of an object, into a physical version.
How does 3D printing work?
There is not one unique way to 3D print. Indeed, when thinking about 3D printing, a lot of people are still thinking about the FDM process. But 3D printing is much more than that.
There are actually several possibilities, and technologies to create parts additively. The choice of your 3D printing technology and the material will be determined by your project. What properties do you need? What resistance?
How to select the right 3D printing technology?
All 3D printing processes have their own advantages and limitations. All industries and all projects have different requirements and the nature of your project will help you determine which process and which material will be perfectly adapted to your 3D printing idea.
Choosing the right 3D printing process and material will participate in the success of your 3D printing experience. The mechanical properties of your object will depend on the mechanical properties of the material you chose at 3D design services in Auburn CA.
Do you need a flexible or rubber-like material? A heat resistant material? Do you need to find the cheapest material for your prototypes, or do you need to get the most detailed parts to create your end product? The possibilities are endless, but once you’ve found the perfect process for you, be sure to check the design guidelines of the materials and process, to make the most of the additive manufacturing process and get all the interesting properties of the 3D printing material.
We combine technology, creativity and years of experience to provide unparalleled all-around custom plastic design in Auburn, CA. Whatever your product is, we possess the knowledge and know-how to help you choose the ideal process and material for the best product possible results. As a custom plastic molding Design Engineering Company with extensive capacity and capabilities, we can handle any size run for your project — prototype to production — with turnaround times you won’t find anywhere else.
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Injection molding is the ideal solution for many general custom plastic molding needs. The process is well-suited to a wide variety of material choices and is perfect for high-quantity runs. Standard injection molding offers fast turnaround with high quality and competitive pricing.
Urethane casting is one of the best choices you can make for short-run or prototype production. Rather than a tool steel mold that can take weeks to manufacture and costs tens of thousands of dollars, urethane casting operates out of a soft mold, creating lower tooling costs and faster turnarounds times than other processes.
Similar as injection molding, silicone molding is the process of injecting and curing liquid silicone rubber inside a mold. The nature of the material means that varying durometers are available, and parts are especially well-suited to sterilization. For this reason, silicone molding is often the choice for medical-grade, food-grade and other specialty custom plastic molding Auburn projects.