3D Printing & Prototyping for Production Parts

Rapid Axis offers 3D printing services for all your prototyping and production needs. We are able to quickly design prototypes using three-dimensional CAD data, aiding in the visualization and manufacturing of functional engineering products. With the use of digital fabrication and a range of innovative 3D printing technologies, manufacturers can use various materials with different properties and are now even more efficient.


Types of 3D Printing in Manufacturing

  1. Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) –DMLS or Direct Metal Laser Sintering is a direct to metal powder additive manufacturing process. Very fine metal powders are laid out in micron-thin layers and welded together with an end result similar to die cast parts. Resulting objects can then be machined, anodized, or welded.
  2. Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) – Prototyping of metal and plastic uses the SLS technique; it uses the laser in sintering and heating of powdered materials under pressure, but it doesn’t heat up to the melting point. SLS uses carbon dioxide and fiber lasers to make the production of 3D objects possible.
  3. Stereolithography (SLA) – This method uses resins cured by ultraviolet light to create objects similar to molded or cast plastics, resulting in a final product with a higher resolution that is easier to paint than other 3D printing methods. Other finishing methods include sanding, dyeing, and more.
  4. Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) – If you need a super high-resolution product with little to no finishing required, MJF production can make for a quality Urethane Casting or Injection Molding substitute using fine-grained PA12 in micron layers.
  5. Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) – Fused Deposition Modeling uses materials such as ABS, Ultem, and Nylon to manufacture high strength, filament-based prototype and production parts with a decent impact strength and environmental resistance. Finishing options include painting, sandling, tumbling, sealing, and more.

Benefits of Using 3D Printing in Production and Product Design

Because of high demands in the market, companies need a method that produces many products quickly. 3D printing is an essential technology because it enables faster product development, and it helps the company keep up with a competitive and fast-paced market. 3D printing’s advantages include the following:

  • It takes a short time to develop products.
  • It reduces risks.
  • It allows consumers to contribute ideas on design.
  • It provides early detection of flaws.
  • It reduces cost of production.

Designers and engineers alike can use 3D printing in the manufacturing of a wide range of products. 3D printing remains an effective and reliable technique across the manufacturing industry, and you can count on our team at Rapid Axis to handle your project with care, quality work, and efficiency. Contact us today for a quote to get started!

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