Discover the many facets of 3D printing

Let us take you through the exciting journey of 3D printing

End-to-end 3D printing service bureau

From idea to finished product, we are with you every step of the way

Consultancy & Diagnostics

Consultancy on 3D strategy and readiness for upcoming trends, identification of capability and technical gaps using solution-driven approach

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Scanning & Design Capture

Either create fresh designs from 2D drawings, scan from originals or engineer from source files. Storage of digital ready designs in cloud platform.

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CAD & Design Optimisation

Optimize and identify improvements to structure or design. Integration with most CAD systems, and ensure end product printability and function.

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Material Advisory

Select the most optimal material from our extensive range of resins, sandstone, carbon fibre, nylon, metals and other composite materials, that suit your project budget and requirements.

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3D Printing & Finishing

Printer set up and print-bed alignment. Configuration to print in multiple materials as needed. Finishing, polishing and other value-added package options.

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Consultancy & Diagnostics

Because we are 3D printers and designers ourselves, we understand the enormous potential (and challenges) that 3D printing is bringing to the global marketplace. Additive manufacturing has started to transform from being a niche industry to becoming a viable, commonplace alternative to conventional manufacturing – leading profound changes in how many things are designed, developed, produced and supported.

Our experience shows us that companies should be preparing for:

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Faster product development cycles

often driven from the front line rather than HQ – for example, multiple prototyping cycles can now be achieved in the time that a single cycle used to take

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More localised
manufacturing footprint

driven by 100% customisation and virtually flat unit costs

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More power to
front line profit centres

The full power of additive printing to unleash local customer centred printing is only just starting to be understood

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New requirements for capabilities and training

in new production technologies as well as new ways to serve customers

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Preparing for new disruptive competitors

For example, Maersk printing spare parts on board its ships will radically change the traditional port services industry

We offer a full range of consulting and diagnostic services that helps you develop a full-fledged additive printing strategy that not only unravels the status of your 3D printing needs, opportunities and challenges; but also proactively identifies areas of productivity gains for competitive advantage.

Our sales team is highly experienced with decades of top level management consulting and well-versed across specific sector domains. Additionally, we also have other experts in materials supply chain, design and marketing to complement your business development strategy.

Scanning & Design Capture

3D scanning is becoming an ever more important part of the AM toolkit with the growth in demand for reverse engineering, printing of often obsolete spare parts and creating accurate renderings of “real” objects.

The scanning challenge is both hardware and software. The hardware challenge is keeping current with the latest scanning developments from increasing high resolution scanning to green-light scanners. The software challenge is managing and manipulating the scanned image to create a file that is capable of advanced CAD work.

Our team of technicians has the experience to handle large scale 3D scanning jobs as well as manage for high tolerances and accuracies. Specifically, our 3D scanning services cover

  • Onsite 3D Scanning
  • File Fixing, File Patching or File Conversions
  • Editing and Modification of 3D Scanned data
  • Scanning and CMM capture
  • Geometric Analysis
  • 2D to 3D Conversions

CAD & Design Optimization

Additive manufacturing allows for the “redesign” of parts to fully capture the benefits of 3D printing. A real challenge in good 3D printing is the creation of the “print file”. We have extensive experience in creating high-quality print files and focus on key areas such as support structure design, nesting, object orientation, print bed layout, laser setup and other printer performance aspects

Building an accurate three-dimensional (3D) model through the use of computer-aided design (CAD) software is the starting point of the design of a 3D printed project. This CAD model is normally based on either a scanned image from a “real” item or is built up from 2D drawings.

We are skilled in all manners of design optimization including topological, lattice and lightweighting techniques.

Our team of engineers and designers has vast experience in handling a full range of 3D CAD software as well as deep expertise in designing for the benefits of 3D printing. Specifically, we offer a range of CAD services such as 3D Modeling from 2D drawings, 3D Designing and 3D Renderings.

Material Advisory

The range of materials that can be “printed” by additive manufacturing is growing in bewildering ways and now includes materials such as skin, chocolate, circuit boards, ceramics as well as more traditional PLA, nylon, sandstone and an ever-growing range of metals from aluminium, stainless steel and copper.

One of the most exciting opportunities in 3D printing is being able to re-design traditionally manufactured equipment to take maximum advantage of the opportunities presented by additive manufacturing. For example – embedding electronic circuits within the walls of equipment or producing lighter finished products made from more versatile materials.

We offer specialist advice on the following example areas to help customers get the best out of their investment into 3D printing:

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Optimal material selection balancing strength, cost, production and durability

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Design implications from different types of materials

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Printer optimization for different types of material, including avoiding material contamination and structural weaknesses during the printing process

From left to right: White Resin, Nylon, Titanium, ABS/PLA Plastic, Transparent Resin

Choosing the right materials for your project

Choosing the correct material type for your project can have profound implications on cost, delivery time, durability, design options and functionality. One of the most exciting and challenging areas is being able to re-design traditionally manufactured equipment to take maximum advantage of the opportunities presented by additive manufacturing.

Materials Typical Applications Resolution Strength Flexibility Price Surface Quality
Sandstone • Display pieces
• Full colour models
• Figurines
Clear Resin • High accuracy prototypes
• Functional parts
• Engineering parts
White Resin • High accuracy prototypes
• Functional parts
• Engineering parts
Nylon • Engineering parts
• Form fit & functional parts
• Live hinges / movable parts
• Toys
PLA/ABS Plastic • Hobby projects
• Low quality models
• Low quality prototypes
Stainless Steel (PH1, UTS 1300 Mpa) • Engineering parts
• Functional parts
• Motor sport
• Maritime applications
Titanium • Medical implants
• Surgical tools
• Aerospace & defense
• Motor sport
• Maritime applications

3D Printing & Finishing

We believe the success of 3D printing is the culmination of good design capture and value-adding design work, so we focus on working closely with our clients to ensure the quality of the original design.

Additive manufacturing is the creation of parts and products one layer at a time. We have experience printing in the full range of materials including resin (coloured and clear), nylon, PLA, ABS, carbon fibre, sandstone as well as various metals. We are constantly adding to our list of quality assured printers to ensure the latest technology is available to us and our clients.

We have deep expertise in areas such as

  • Printing: printer calibration, tool path creation, production scheduling and in-print monitoring and adjusting
  • Post-production: heat treatment and stress relief, cutting, polishing, blasting and finishing
  • Testing & Certification: external certification, reporting standards and machine analytics

Did you know? A little understood fact is that some 3D printed products need a considerable amount of post print finishing such as polishing, grinding and colour coating. 3D Matters has the necessary equipment and expertise to complete such post-processing work immediately after print production.

Our 3D Printers

Cubicon

Cubicon

Material: PLA | ABS
Typical Usage: Early concept prototypes and low cost products

Markforged

Markforged

Material: Material: Carbon Fibre | Fibreglass | Kevlar
Typical Usage: Finished parts for light weight end use and replacement temporary parts

Form 1

Form 1

Material: Material: Resins (standard, tough, flexible, castable)
Typical Usage: End use parts where special material is required and wax patterns for casting

Blueprinter and Nylon cleaning and processing

Blueprinter and Nylon cleaning and processing

Material: Material: Nylon | Tough nylon
Typical Usage: Dimensional prototypes and end use flexible parts

Projet 660

Projet 660

Material: Material: Sandstone
Typical Usage: Visual and concept prototypes and high resolution full colour models

ZCorp 450

ZCorp 450

Material: Material: Cermamic | Glass (under R&D)
Typical Usage: Ceramic heat resistant parts

Renishaw AM 400

Renishaw AM 400

Material: Material: Various types of metal such as aluminium, stainless steel, titanium
Typical Usage: Metal prototypes and fnished goods

For more information on our specialist Metal Printing services, which is operated by our sister company, 3D Metalforge, please visit www.3dmetalforge.com

Visit www.3dmetalforge.com