You need a sample of your early-stage product to show at a board meeting. Or maybe you’re fairly confident you’ve got the right design on paper, and it’s time to make your first prototype. Or perhaps, before manufacturing your product you want to try a couple minor variances on the design. 3D printing is the solution for all these scenarios. You don’t want to manufacture your product until you’ve seen a prototype and are absolutely sure everything is right. Trust us. At Dinsmore, our selection of technologies is second to none.
After considering quantity, budget, intricacy, material and turn-around time, we’ll recommend one of the following:
SLA is our most frequently used process. Its hallmarks include precision, speed and affordability; the technique uses a liquid building process to create very fine details when the product hardens. It’s a truly customizable technology offering many choices for material, color and finish.
- ProtoGen™ 18420
DLS, which stands for Digital Light Synthesis, eliminates some of the shortcomings that come from other 3D printing technology. DLS works by projecting a continuous sequence of UV light which is generated by a digital light projector through an oxygen-permeable, UV-transparent window below a liquid resin bath. The “dead zone” created above the window maintains a liquid interface below the object. Above the dead zone, the curing part is drawn out of the resin bath.
DLS can create objects up to 100 times faster than commercial 3D printing methods.
- Elastomeric Polyurethane (EPU 40)
- Rigid Polyurethane (RPU 70, RPU 60, RPU 61)
- Prototyping Resin (PR 25)
- Flexible Polyurethane (FPU 50)
- Cyanate Ester (CE 221)
- Urethane Methacrylate (UMA)
- Epoxy (EPX 81)
FRSLA® is a version of SLA specifically for products that are very small in size, or that feature extremely fine detail and need exceptionally high resolution. As the demand for quick-turn around on prototypes has grown, so has the demand for finer detail and higher quality models. Fine Resolution Sterolithography offers just that! Finer detail, quality, and speed.
SLS can create complex shapes in plastic, metal, ceramic or glass, and, based on the material used, can produce a very high-density product.
- Nylon 12 AF
- Nylon 12 GF
- Nylon 12 PA
- TPE 210- S
DMLS is used strictly for metal products — including steel, chromium and titanium — and creates very complex shapes using a fiber optic laser. The ability to quickly produce a unique part is the most obvious because no special tooling is required and parts can be built in a matter of hours. Additionally, DMLS allows for more rigorous testing of prototypes.
- Aluminum ASI 10M6
- Cobalt Chrome MP1
- Cobalt Chrome SP2
- Digital ABS
- Inconel 625
- Inconel 718
- Maraging Steel MS1
- Stainless Steel 15-5
- Stainless Steel 17-4
PolyJet also accommodates very complex shapes, but with a material that mimics rubber, with high flexibility. It offers some of the softest edges and smoothest finishes available.
- Digital Materials
- Digital ABS
- Tango Materials (Elastomerics)
- Vero Materials (Rigid Opaque)
- Transparent Materials
FDM creates prototypes that can endure extreme climates, exposure to chemicals, and mechanical stress — this is for products that need exceptional durability and strength. It’s best for plastic products that feature fairly solid structures.
- Ultem 9085
HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology has the ability to produce parts with controllable physical and functional properties at each point in a part. The cost-effective HP 3D printers are tailored for prototyping, small/medium-sized product development as well as short run manufacturing.
Currently, HP’s Jet Fusion printers only use nylon, although its technology roadmap includes other plastics, ceramics and metals.