Additive Manufacturing

Advances in additive manufacturing now offer engineers many options when producing prototypes that can achieve critical tolerances, hold up to high-temperature environments, and withstand stress and impact.

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HP Multi Jet Fusion

RPM Fast offers the new HP Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) technology. This is an excellent solution for quick turn nylon (PA12) parts that require short lead times, low porosity, and excellent surface quality. We can produce smooth parts with minimal post processing that are excellent for functional prototypes or even low volume production.

FDM

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is ideal for building durable components with complex geometries in nearly any shape and size. FDM can create parts and prototypes with outstanding thermal and chemical resistance and excellent strength-to-weight ratios. FDM is well suited to support functional prototypes to high-strength tools.

Materials

ABS, ABS-M30, ASA, PC, PC-ABS
Ultem 1010 Ultem 9085 (FAA approved flame, smoke, toxicity)

Jigs and fixtures

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SLA

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SLA is a very accurate technology that is ideal for concept models and investment casting patterns (urethane tools). SLA can provide a smooth, high-quality surface finish like an injection molded part when finished properly.

Polyethylene

An excellent choice for functional applications where accuracy, flexibility, and impact strength are critical requirements.

Polypropylene

An opaque, off-white material that is durable and flexible.

Polypropylene/ABS

A tough, opaque gray material for applications requiring durability and impact resistance.

ABS

An excellent general-purpose, white resin that can be thermally post cured to increase the heat deflection temperature to ~200°F.

ABS – Black

A black, durable material for a variety of applications.

ABS-Clear

A strong, rigid medical-grade material that retains its properties in a variety of environmental conditions. It is clear and nearly colorless when properly post-processed.

ABS-White

White, high-performance material with an unbeatable combination of stiffness and toughness for your functional testing needs.

Polycarbonate-Clear

This stiff material can also be post-processed to achieve a clear model.

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Carbon 3D DLS

Carbon 3D is a new resin-based technology using digital light synthesis to form complex parts. The new technology produces parts that mimic injection molded like qualities. The parts are isotropic, have exceptional surface finishes, and excellent mechanical properties, making the technology a great option for low volume production as well as high-end prototypes.

Materials

UMA, RPU (ABS like), CE (high heat), EPU (68A Shore), EPX (Nylon GF 20%)

Build Plate 7.4” x 4.6” x 12.85”

Selective Laser Sintering

A good process for strong and geometrically intricate components. The SLS process eliminates the need for support structures and allows for complex geometries. Production parts can be durable, water and air-tight, and heat resistant.

Material Options

Nylon 12, Nylon 12 PA, Nylon 12 GF,

Nylon 12 HST, Nylon 11 D80

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Polyjet

Smooth, accurate, detailed parts that can support thin walls. PolyJet uses a high-resolution (as thin as 16 microns .0006”) ink-jet technology. It's a great fit for models and prototypes with complex geometries, fine details, and smooth surfaces. Multiple colors and materials can be combined for over-molded parts.

Materials Options

Vero White Plus, Vero Black Plus, Vero Blue, Vero Gray, Vero Clear, Polyjet Tango Plus

DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering)

A good manufacturing process for metal parts that can only be printed due to complex geometries. Also, an alternative to casting parts when engineers are still in the prototyping stage.

Material Options

Stainless Steel 17-4 PH, Stainless Steel 316L, Aluminum ALSI10Mg, Inconel 625

Inconel 718, Titanium Ti64, ICobalt Chrome CoCrMo

New technologies will be coming to market, including Desktop Metal printers that will drastically reduce the cost of metal printing.

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