3D printing is one of the most disruptive technologies around it is changing the way we create and learn. The ability to create the design to test its form, fit and function can accelerate creativity.
Thinkers and designers can create complex 3D computer models and print in 3D to physically showcase their design. Scientist, technologists, designers, hobbyists with students and professionals alike can quickly convert an idea to work upon. The 3D printing technology is used for both prototyping and distributed manufacturing with applications in architecture, construction (AEC), industrial design, automotive, aerospace, military, engineering, civil engineering, dental and medical industries, biotech (human tissue replacement), fashion, footwear, jewellery, eyewear, education, geographic information systems, food, and many other fields.
Use our facility to print 3D models of jewellery, working models, figurines, show-piece, plastic parts and many other wonderful things to impress your friends, customers, teachers and your family members.
Additive manufacturing or 3D printing is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model. 3D printing is achieved using an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes.
Polylactic Acid or PLA is a biodegradable plastic , a plastic substitute made from fermented plant starch (usually corn) is quickly becoming a popular alternative to traditional petroleum-based plastics. With lot of features that make it great for 3D printing — it doesn’t give off fumes like ABS does, or warp nearly as much. It’s also really shiny.
PLA is hard but slightly brittle, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easily breakable — it’s actually super strong — just that when it does give, it’s more likely to snap than bend. And it also stays flexible for a short while as it cools, which can be handy. It also does not warp and crack of during making of larger objects.It comes in various attractive colours like red, green yellow, blue, brown, black and white.The models once printed can be also painted using acrylic paints.
The printer accept 3D model in STL (stereo lithography) format. Such models can be created in several solid modelling software like NX, Catia, Solid Edge, Solidworks, Inventor and Pro/E which are dedicated engineering design software. There are several simple to use software as follows;
Once the model has been created, it has to be saved as an STL file sent to us for printing.
It is highly recommended to use Netfabb software to repair the STL files before they are printed.
Note: All model images are copyright of the respective owners, details are available at www.thingiverse.com