We take pride in our ability to provide ultra-precise 3D laser scanning, paired with expert CAD design experience. Your design, proven.
When you are ready to hold your project in your hands, Tangent Solutions‘ 3D printing services can print your design within hours.
We stock professional-grade 3D printing filament and resin to fulfill the characteristics of your design. 3D printing services print time can depend upon the quality that you need but we discuss the most cost effective results of your project before going to the 3D printer.
3D printing – also known as additive manufacturing – is the process of creating solid objects directly from a digital file. 3D printers achieve this by adding layers of material on top of each other to create a single object. Unlike traditional methods, this type of manufacturing leads to less wastage and allows you to create complex geometries, which were hard to achieve.
In the early days, this technology was mostly used for research and development purposes. With time, this technology became accessible and cost-effective, which made it immensely popular in many industries. Today, a lot of business functions rely on 3D printing for their day-to-day processes and special processes. The technology has seamlessly integrated into a lot of industries and continues to grow at an exceptional pace.
Why Use 3D Printing Services?
One-off productions are expensive. 3D printing services provides a cost effective way to see your project before manufacturing.
Files are uploaded, printer is prepped, and we simply hit print! We can have your prototype design in your hands in just a couple of hours.
Check the fit and feel of your design in its application that it was created for. Prints are to scale and the quality is perfect for mock ups.
Customers love 3D printing! Taking a sample of your design for clients to touch and feel can turbocharge the success of a project!
We stock a variety of filament options to deliver the choose from for your 3D printing project. Each 3D print filament is has its own characteristics in durability, texture, and viability.
Some prints require more inlay than others. 3D printing inlay is the interior portion of the print that gives the product its strength. The more inlay, the more 3D print time. If you need just visual prototype, we have filament options that wont require much time on the 3D printer. Some 3D prints resemble the strength of injection molding or traditional manufacturing based on the interior strength.
Here are printing materials we keep in stock:
In order to create a 3D print, an STL or STEP file is needed to put through our printing software. Files can be directly emailed to us for quoting and based on hours to print, material, and printer set up cost.
Don’t have a file for your project? We can 3D laser scan and reverse engineer your part to create the file.
Reverse engineering involves deriving the original blueprint from the final product. Using 3D scanning, you create a digital model of a physical object. While the work might sound complicated, the process of reverse engineering is quite simple. Using the right equipment and by following this guide, you can easily breeze through it all.
Disassemble and communicate with our technicians what exactly is vital to your project goals. 3D laser scanning is touch-free to your project and will only require a light-powder spray, that is completely removable, for highly reflective or transparent parts. Depending on the complexity of your shape, the scanning process may take a few seconds or a few minutes.
All 3D scanners produce a mesh file in the STL format. The format is suitable for 3D printing, but most applications need some edits before starting the printing process. It is quite difficult to manipulate mesh files, so they are always converted into a popular CAD format for edits and further processing.
Once the digital 3D file is generated, let us know if we need to make edits through CAD design and proceed with other processes to perfect your design and make it suitable for 3D printing.
The actual process of 3D printing depends on your material, printer capability, and various other factors.
The steps above may seem time-consuming, but the technology has advanced enough to execute everything in the shortest time.
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