3D Printing Services
CAD/CAM Services specializes in online, on-demand, Rapid Prototype Printing, including 3D Printing for Prototyping, for Rapid Prototyping, and for Production Parts in Plastic and Metal.
3D Printing by definition
3D printing includes various processes in which material are joined or solidified under computer control in order to create a three-dimensional object, with the material being added together.
3D printing is used in both rapid prototyping and in additive manufacturing.
The popularity of 3D printing (also known as Additive Manufacturing) has rapidly increased over the past three to five years. Most people do not realize that the process of 3D printing actually goes back almost 40 years.
3D printing was developed in the 1980’s and it is a process used to make three-dimensional solid objects, creating parts one layer of material at a time, formed by using computer numerical control (CNC). After one layer is created, then a subsequent layer is printed on top of it and the layers are then fused together.
This entire process is repeated until the part has been printed in its entirety.
The use of 3D printing has advanced many areas of manufacturing; fashion, architecture, aerospace and even the candy industry.
From the 3D printing of food, to that of living tissues, the possibilities seem to be endless for this technology.
3D printers come in many different sizes and use many different technologies.
They can pint in many different materials ranging from plastic polymers to various powdered metals.
New ideas for different materials and updated printers are constantly being developed.
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Here are just a few ways that 3D printers are being used today:
3D printing has been used to make medical equipment along with prosthetics. The 3D printing of prosthetics offers a much lower cost to the patient and is more cost effective to traditional methods.
The ultimate aim of medical 3D printing is to create replacement organs for human patients, but this is just one potential application. Though additive manufacturing for healthcare is still a work in progress, it is already being used today.
Currently 3D printing is being developed to radically transform the manufacturing of vehicles.
An electric car developed by Local Motors, known as Strati, was the world’s first 3D printed vehicle. One Srati was actually printed in 44 hours during an International manufacturing technology show held in Chicago.
The advances made by Local Motors has influenced other automotive companies to use 3D printing technologies.
The introduction of STEM curriculum (science, technology, engineering and math) in the classroom has been given a huge edge with the addition of 3D printers.
Students enrolled in a various subjects now have the ability to print out prototypes by using creativity and problem solving techniques.
Innovative teachers are consistently finding new ways to incorporate 3D printing in their classrooms.
A growing number of leading manufacturers of airframes, engines and components, among them Boeing, GE (General Electric) Aviation, Lockheed Martin, Airbus and BAE Systems, are now using AM to produce complex aircraft and spacecraft parts not only from plastic but also metal.
GE, which is already the world’s largest user of 3D printing technologies in metals, expects to have manufactured 100 000 cobalt chrome fuel nozzles for jet engines using 3D printing by 2020.
From airplanes to space vehicles, AM has significantly contributed to the inner workings and cosmetic interiors of a variety of aircraft.
3D printing for low volume batch production is increasingly an option to bring a product to market, and analysis of trends in additive manufacturing for end use production estimate approximately one-third of 3D printers are used for production.
Additive Manufacturing (AM) is an appropriate name to describe the technologies that build 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of material, whether the material is plastic, metal, concrete or one day…..human tissue.
The term AM encompasses many technologies including subsets like 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping (RP), Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM), layered manufacturing and additive fabrication.
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Every industry, to some capacity has been influenced by 3D printing.
Many companies have been using 3D printing for quite some time now.
The technology has advanced to the point where it is becoming a viable manufacturing process, capable of producing production quality parts.
Variety of materials and various printing process options have made this a very viable solution for additive manufacturing.
The automotive and aerospace industries carry the highest potential for the implementation of additive manufacturing.
Honda Access, a division of the Tokyo-based automaker that specializes in custom accessories.
They recently embraced 3D printing to satisfy customer demand and streamline the building of prototypes.
Similar to aircraft manufactuer Airbus, the company purchased technology from Stratasys, a firm that specializes in the manufacturer of 3D printers.
It is forecast that nearly half (49%) of automotive companies will use 3D printing to directly manufacture car parts.
This process will allow them to address the challenges such as a demand for increased customization, continued improvement, and lightweight components.
3D Printing will also give the automotive and aerospace industry the ability to address quality problems much quicker than is currently possible.
It has been reported that with the high demand of 3D printer’s, shipments increased by 108% globally between 2015 and 2016.
This resulted in 456,000 units shipped.
It is expected that by 2020 this number will be at 6.7 million units.
With constant advancements in technology and new products at every price point, it’s easy to say that 3D printing will be here for a very long time to come..
3D Printing Processes
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) or Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) uses an extrusion process to selectively deposit melted material layer-by-layer.
The materials used are thermoplastic polymers and come in a filament form.
FDM is the most popular and available 3D printing process and is mainly used for lower-priced prototyping and design verification with very fast turn times.
SLA mostly suitable for visual applications where an injection mold-like, smooth surface finish, and a high level of feature details are required.
Stereolithography (SLA) was invented in 1983. This process uses the oldest type of 3D printers. It is known for its fast prototyping, ability to produce intricate models, patterns, prototypes and various production parts. This process converts liquid photopolymer resin (a special type of plastic) into solid 3D objects. This is accomplished by curing the resin with a laser, one layer at a time.
Digital Light Processing (DLP)
Digital Light Processing (DLP) is similar to stereolithography. It works with the same photopolymers. The biggest difference is the light source. DLP uses a more conventional light source, such as an arc lamp with a liquid crystal display panel. This is applied to the entire surface of the vat of photopolymer resin in a single pass, generally making it faster than SLA.
Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) involves a laser selectively sintering the particles of a polymer powder, fusing them together and building a part layer-by-layer.
The materials used in SLS are thermoplastic polymers that come in a granular form.
SLS is used for prototyping and small batch production of functional plastic parts with good mechanical properties.
SMLS/SLM produces high performance, end-use metal 3D printed parts for applications in aerospace, automotive, industrial and medical.
Selective Laser Melting (SLM)
Selective Laser Melting (SLM) uses a laser to scan and selectively fuse metal powder particles, bonding them together layer-by-layer.
Material Jetting produces parts of highest dimensional accuracy with very smooth surface finishes. it is used for both visual prototypes and tooling manufacturing.
Binder Jetting is most commonly used for full-color parts, low cost metal printing and large sand casting molds.
Design Your Parts with Our Experts
Whether you have one part, or 10,000 rush parts, we are here for you. We do professional industrial printing. Use our technical expertise.
- Scaled for manufacturing large and small – 1 – 10,000
- We drop ship to over 100 countries – we use UPS, FedX and DHL
- Rapid Prototyping – creating functional prototypes or concepts in days.
- Additive Manufacturing – creating models for medical all the way to ECS ducts for Aerospace.
- Manufacturing Tooling – we create composite tools, jigs, forming tools for the shop floor.
- and product development – just being to touch and feel your design can be everything.
We’ve made the ordering process easy…
- Drag and drop your *.stl file
- Browse varies materials and type
- Create your account
- Place the order
Do you need 2,000 parts in a week? Call us.
We have delivered 5 and 10,000 part jobs on-time and on budget.
With production facilities in San Diego, Los Angles, and Dallas; we can accomadate most of your printing needs. Our years of developing our proprietary process and technologies, allows us to leverage fully automated 3D printing methods. Thus consistantly producing accurate and affordable prototypes all the way to large production runs.
Do you need FDM printing? We can provide that.
Materials of ABS, FllaFlex, PC, PLA, TPU, or how about POM (Deirin)? We can provide those options.
What color would you like? We can provide any color you wish.
How many do you need? We can provide as many as you want.
A quantity discount? Ask us about our quantity discounts.
Does price include shipping? Our pricing will include shipping.
Need to adjust the height? The shell? Or the Infill? We can do that.
Why Choose CAD/CAM Services over other Service Bureaus:
First, many of our printers are from Uniz and include UDP. This is important because this UDP machine can print continuously, and in one motion, rather than the traditional SLA machines that need to go up and down to cure each layer. The UDP is similar to the Carbon CLIP technology in that sense. It’s unbelievably fast and ultra high resolution (<0.025 mircon).
Second we offer three different print facilities. San Diego, CA – Los Angeles, CA – and Dallas, TX. With our customized and proprietary hardware and software, we can simultaneously run and control ALL printers at once. Yes, we can actually control an entire fleet of 100 plus printers, in three locations, with different brands, and limitations all at once. Thus all acting as one large single print shop.
And lastly, our automatic feed ejector we have on all of our devices allows us to continuously print 24 hours a day – uninterrupted and without user intervention if needed. There is no need for one of our operators to touch a printer during a heavy production run.
Do you want the fastest possible turnaround time? We can handle it – we are ready and optimized for this.
Do you want the most cost effective approach? Call us: 1-800-938-SCAN (7226)
Our faster printing turnaround, expertise and technical investment will allow us to produce a more cost effective part for you.
Material Types and Cost
We often print in Resin, PLA, Nylon, ABS, PET, Flexible materials, nylon blends and Carbon Fiber blends.
Material Cost Information:
- PLA is easiest to use, and most cost efficient to produce.
- PET is often used when you need a stronger material and/or higher temputure material.
- We often don’t use MJF because or increased production costs of almost 50%.
- Of course most any form of metal printing is the slowest to produce and the most expensive.
All the way to Inconel 718. Inconel 719 is a hardenable nickel-chromium alloy containing also significant amounts of iron, niobium, and molybdenum along with lesser amounts of aluminum and titanium. It combines corrosion resistance and high strength with outstanding weldability including resistance to postweld cracking.
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We configure your 3D print orders in a large variety of materials that will suit your application requirements with fast turn pick-up options.
Our additive manufacturing production experts can guide you as your scale from prototype to large volume production. Our production automation platform provides the most cost effective 3D printing automation solution anywhere.
Will not miss deadlines due to lacking production capacity. Our network of printers provides an instant boost in production capacity around the clock. Close critical projects on time.