Why do you need a consultant to buy a 3D printer?
Today there are hundreds of 3D printer manufacturers using 20+ different technologies. The only thing they have in common is they all produce parts layer by layer. You can get confused very quickly. That’s why we do independent consulting and offer advice on the correct technology for you to obtain excellent results. With partners throughout the additive manufacturing industry, we can suggest the right business partner too.
While you may have heard of the larger companies like 3D Systems, Stratasys, Hewlett Packard and Carbon, there are many more smaller companies with excellent equipment, additional material capabilities and more opportunities to meet your specific needs. Ever hear of Envisiontec? They are the third largest manufacturer of 3D printers and offer more than 60 different printers using 4 different sets of technology. Interested in metal printing? Did you know there are many different metal printing technologies and each differs in capability?
We offer consulting to help you make easier and better choices.
Here are some of the AM technologies we can discuss with you to determine which is right for your business.
• Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) – the most common 3D technology, FDM generally offers a low cost of entry into 3D printing by melting various filament materials and depositing them layer by layer to build your CAD file. There are hundreds of companies manufacturing FDM printers and the choices get confusing quickly. 3D Printers using FDM technology range from a 3D pen for $49 to the Stratasys Fortus 900mc for more than $250,000. Many of our printer farms are configured to use FDM printers in an array for producing end use parts.
Hard to believe, the two products below use similar FDM technology.
• Stereolithography (SLA) This is the first and oldest technology still being used today. It uses photopolymerization, a process by which light causes chains of molecules to link together forming polymers. The original printers used ultraviolet light to harden resin materials and this was known as vat polymerization. A vat of resin is “cured” or hardened layer by layer producing exceptionally smooth and well defined prints. Today many DLP (digital light projector) based printers produce parts similar to the huge industrial SLA machines and the two technologies are beginning to be referred to as one. Speed and resolution are great benefits of this technology. So are the newer high temperature resins that are being used to print short run molds for injection molding machines. Excellent for dental labs, jewelers, short run manufacturers, high detailed prints requiring smooth finishes.
• Digital Light Projector (DLP) See SLA above. Though not exactly the same, DLP produces parts the same way as SLA and uses light from a projector to flash and harden layers or resin material.
• Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) – Exclusive to Carbon (formerly Carbon 3D), this technology is similar to DLP but uses an oxygen permeable layer to produce a continuous layer growth making it print much faster than traditional DLP printers. Envisiontec recently released their C-DLP technology to print continuously and compete with Carbon. It’s all about print speed.
• Colorjet (CJP) and Multijet (MJP) (3D Systems)
• Polyjet (Stratasys)
• Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
• Selective laser melting (SLM)
• Electronic Beam Melting (EBM)
• Laminated Object Manufacturing (LOM)
• Selective Lamination Composite Object Manufacturing (SLCOM)
Exclusive to Envisiontec, SLCOM can print with composite materials like PEEK with carbon fiber.
• Selective Scan and Spin (3SP)
Exclusive to Envisiontec, 3SP technology produces excellent smoothness on surfaces and does not show layering like FDM printing. It uses voxel printing or 3 dimensional pixels to produce parts for molds, jigs, fixtures and casting.
• Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM)
• Bio-Printing & Bio-Plotters
Did you know there are entry level bio printers starting at $10,000?
Want to find out more? Call Artie Moskowitz at (877) 250-5445 or (214) 725-6154 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org