3D Printing

How it Fits

We started with 3D Printing to make nests and small test components for our partner companies. In doing so, we have realized the advantages that come with rapid prototyping of questionable nest details, the ability to print customer product that does not yet exist, and capability to manufacture components that would be incredibly expensive or impossible with traditional CNC machines. Components are typically completed faster than we could have machined them and small details typically come out more accurately.

Printing Technology and Materials

we have realized that a combination of desktop machines with their wide material selection and industrial machines with their top notch repatability and reliability gives the needed flexibility and cost savings we sought. Many times the best material for the task at hand was a specialty item that could not be utilized on the closed material eco systems of industrial printers. We have found use for many things from the Igus triboglide, to Polycarbonate blends. Many of the same materials can be used as well, including PLA, ABS, and Nylons. By offering both grades of 3D printing, the possibilities are multiplied and costs are contained to what the project necessitates.

Post Processing

We offer several options for post processing. These are especially useful with FFF/FDM technologies where the parts may not be air tight.

  • Seal coating
  • Surface finish sanding
  • Prime and paint, including 2 part epoxy coatings
  • Support material removal
  • Threaded inserts and dowels
  • Machining (Manual or CNC)