Frequently Asked Questions
What is 3D printing? & How does 3D printing work?
The action or process of making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, typically by laying down many thin layers of a material in succession.
What materials are suitable for 3D printing?
Thermoplastics (whether filament-based, or powder-based)
Thermosets (In filament and powder base)
Metals and alloys
Thermoplastics: ABS, PLA, PETG, Nylon, HIPS
Thermosets: PEEK, PEAK, Ultem 9085, Carbon Fiber infused PEAK
Metals: Can be in wire or powder form ranging from aloys, to titanium
What is digital printing?
The process of using Digital file formats, to produce physical printed items on various substrates without the need for printing plates and traditional Litho printing methods
What is inkjet printing?
Inkjet printing can be defined in numerous methods. In principal Inkjet printing can be considered the "digital printing" of a file, using Print heads that has a flow of Liquid inks via nozzles in a printhead. Such printheads can be either installed on a Digital printer, Large format printer, or as separate Heads inline with various other printing methods
What is UV printing related to Large Format?
In the large format industry, various methods are used for printing. The key factors are the method in which such inks are laid down on the media, and more importantly cured or dried during the printing method. UV Printing refers to the nature of the ink, which has more resistance to external factors. It also it refers to the method in which such inks are cured/dried during printing latest technology of UV printing allows for the curing of inks with the use of LED technology; which use far less energy and electricity
How Does 3D Printing Work
From a digital created 3D file/image: the file is sliced into various layers each measured in microns
3D printing technology can be defined into various categories: Powder Bed fusion, Direct Energy deposition, Fused Filament Fabrication, StereoLithography
Each method used the fusion and or joining of multiple layers of Thermoplastics, Thermosets, Elastomers or Metal, and metal alloys:
A final functional part is produced in dimensional accuracy and functionality and in many cases cheaper and more complex in construction than current outdated manufacturing methods