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Summary: What is 3D Printing?
3D Printing is a manufacturing process which produces physical parts, in a number of different plastic material options. There is no minimum quantity required for 3D Printing: you can make a single one-off part just, or you can make hundreds or even thousands of the same part.
Also known as Rapid Prototyping, this process turns 3D Model files into precise physical objects for use as functional end-use parts, functional prototypes for product development, display pieces, mold patterns and mold tooling, and more.
Material options for 3D Printing
General-purpose ABS Plastic, detailed SLA Resin, and tough SLS Nylon.
What do 3D Printed parts look like?
ABS Plastic and SLS Nylon parts are white by default, but can be 3D Printed using black material upon request. With SLA Resin, you have two options: white or translucent clear.
If you need your 3D Printed parts to have a specific color or painted appearance, we do offer detailed model-painting, Pantone color-matching, and airbrush/spraypaint services.
How to order / get a 3D Printing quote
To 3D Print something, you must have 3D Model files in one of these file formats: STL, OBJ, STEP/STP, or IGES/IGS. If you do not have a 3D Model file, we do provide 3D Design and 3D Scanning services to create a 3D Model file for you.
You can order you part submitting an online message and a project engineer will review and respond to your request very shortly
Applications for 3D Printing
Strong plastic parts for practical use and testing form, fit, and function.
Produce accurate parts with crisp and clean features.
Effective prototyping speeds up your product development cycle, proving your designs and getting you to market faster.
BRANDED ELEMENTS + PROMOTIONAL ITEMS
Create one-of-a-kind pieces that can’t be found anywhere else.
RAPID MOLD TOOLING
Create master tool patterns for molding reproduction in a variety of casting materials.
Turn your part into a 3D Model file, for 3D printed duplication, design modification, or reverse engineering.
Summary: What is 3D Scanning?
3D Scanning is the process of digitally capturing the complete suface geometry of a physical part. This results in a 3D Model in STL file format. This 3D Model is a complete and precise three-dimensional version of your original part, with dimensions and surface geometry matching that of the original part.
How accurate is 3D Scanning?
Our 3D laser scanning process is accurate to 60 microns (0.060mm), or two thousands of an inch (0.002″). All visible surface detail on your part will be captured to a high degree of accuracy, and it’s not uncommon for 3D scanning to reveal blemishes on a part that aren’t easily visible to the naked eye.
Can you modify my part after scanning?
Yes — once we 3D Scan your part, the resulting digital model can be resized or cleaned up to smooth out any unwanted blemishes. Beyond that, any type of modification is possible; if you can describe it, we can do it.
How long does it take?
The 3D Scanning process typically takes 1-3 days, depending on the size and complexity of your part.
How do I get my part to you for scanning?
To get your part to our office location, you can either drop it off any time Mon-Fri 9:00AM – 17:00, or ship it to us (please provide a return shipping label).
I need a CAD file in STEP or IGES format, not an STL file. Is this possible?
Yes — after producing the STL file from the 3D Scan data, the 3D Model can be further converted to true CAD data to generate STEP or IGES files. Creating a STEP file from your 3D Scan data can be quoted separetely upon request.
Can I use my 3D Scan file for 3D Printing?
Yes — the STL file that you receive when the scan is completed is sized properly and ready for 3D Printing.
Applications of 3D Scanning
Capture precise surface details on any physical object.
Reproduce a discontinued part, or digitally repair and recreate a broken item.
3D Scanning provides baseline real-world data, from which customized items can be shaped and created to fit any form and function.
Digitally modify any existing object according to your specifications.
Getting a Quote: Send Pictures of Part
To get a price quote to 3D Scan your part, submit a quote request and include a couple different images of your part. A project engineer will review and respond shortly If you need to modify or resize your 3D Scan data in any way, be sure to mention this when submitting a quote request.
Supply the Part + Specify Required Design Modifications
To begin your 3D Scanning order, drop off or ship your part to our office. 3D Scanning lead-times vary due to part size and complexity, but we will typically need to hold your part for 1-3 days to complete service.
Your part will be digitally captured in high-detail using our 3D laser scanning process, and any requested design modifications will be performed according to your specifications. Commonly requested modifications include resizing parts and smoothing / cleaning up surface blemishes, but any type of digital design modification is possible.
Download Your Completed 3D Scan File
Your finished 3D Scan data is exported as a 3D-print-ready STL file, and is sent to you through an online download link.
Reverse-engineering is the act of dismantling an object to see how it works. It is done primarily to analyze and gain knowledge about the way something works but often is used to duplicate or enhance the object. Many things can be reverse-engineered, including software, physical machines, military technology and even biological functions related to how genes work.
How does the reverse-engineering process work?
The reverse-engineering process is specific to the object on which its being performed. However, no matter the context, there are three general steps common to all reverse-engineering efforts. They include:
Modeling. The collected information is abstracted into a conceptual model, with each piece of the model explaining its function in the overall structure. The purpose of this step is to take information specific to the original and abstract it into a general model that can be used to guide the design of new objects or systems. In software reverse-engineering this might take the form of a data flow diagram or a structure chart.
Review. This involves reviewing the model and testing it in various scenarios to ensure it is a realistic abstraction of the original object or system. In software engineering this might take the form of software testing. Once it is tested, the model can be implemented to reengineer the original object.
The object being reverse-engineered is studied, information about its design is extracted and that information is examined to determine how the pieces fit together. In software reverse-engineering, this might require gathering source code and related design documents for study. It may also involve the use of tools, such as a disassembler to break apart the program into its constituent parts.
The collected information is abstracted into a conceptual model, with each piece of the model explaining its function in the overall structure. The purpose of this step is to take information specific to the original and abstract it into a general model that can be used to guide the design of new objects or systems. In software reverse-engineering this might take the form of a data flow diagram or a structure chart.
This involves reviewing the model and testing it in various scenarios to ensure it is a realistic abstraction of the original object or system. In software engineering this might take the form of software testing. Once it is tested, the model can be implemented to reengineer the original object.