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3D Printing

3D Printing is the latest ‘buzz’ word in the industry used to describe the production of plastic or metal parts using layer based manufacturing techniques – also referred to as Additive Manufacturing (AM), Industrial 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping, Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) and 3D Modeling. Produced directly from 3D CAD data, lasers fuse together high performance materials layer by layer. Complexity of design and geometry becomes more achievable enabling designers to create parts in new ways, combining many parts into one and incorporating complex internal structures.

Our 3D Printing service enables parts to be produced in just a matter of days without the need for any tooling. More and more industries are adopting this cost-effective, fast process to produce parts that were previously impossible to obtain economically using other traditional methods. The range of materials is expanding all the time, enabling parts to be used in demanding environments such as aerospace, automotive and F1, withstanding extreme temperatures and rigorous testing.

We have created two simple videos to walk you through the Plastic and Metal AM processes, from beginning to end. We hope that viewing either of the videos will explain the processes in more detail, but they are not supposed to replace either a visit to 3T or a conversation with one of our experts, so please do not hesitate to get in touch should you wish to discuss your AM requirements in more detail.


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