our 3D printing technologies
When you work with a 3D printing company you want to be assured that the 3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies they are offering are the right solution for you. As an engineer or a manufacturer time is of the essence and we understand this, which is why we take the time to keep on top of new industry trends, technologies and in some cases develop our own.
We specialise in additive manufacturing because we believe that the future is 3D Printing. However, our mission is to deliver the best service and solutions for our clients and their needs, so we can also provide traditional manufacturing processes such as Injection Moulding and CNC.
Our four main AM services are Fusion Deposit Modelling, Multi Jet Fusion, Selective Laser Sintering and Stereolithography (SLA), but can also deliver other solutions at request.
Learn more about our technologies below.
what is the right solution to make your parts?
MULTI JET FUSION (MJF)MJF is the latest technology offering in powder bed 3D Printing and is up to 100 times faster than other powder bed fusions. MJF can be classified as the "jack of all trades", perfect for high-volume production, whilst similarly suited for shorter one-off production runs. Other benefits include short lead times, low porosity and professional surface quality.
SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING (SLS)
SLS is one of the most adaptable 3D Printing technologies. SLS uses a CO2 laser to fuse a bed of powdered material a layer at a time. By "drawing" a single layer across the powder bed it joins the layer below precisely to the surface layer it has previously drawn. As SLS uses powder, each layer is supported by that powder, which enables the whole process to be completed without restrictive supports. Using SLS allows for very complex shapes to be built.
STEREOLITHOGRAPHY (SLA) 3D PRINTING
SLA uses a UV laser to cure a liquid resin in a resin tank (vat). The laser is used to cure the resin with great accuracy layer by layer until the build plate moves up by 1 layer and the process starts again until the part is finished. With SLA you can 3D Print strong and homogenous parts with great mechanical properties.
GENERATIVE DESIGN AND SHAPE OPTIMISATION
AMufacture can start with a new design or take your existing design and by applying some load constraints we then optimise the part by removing unnecessary material.
Once we have the new optimised design, we can then provide you with parts in metal or plastic.
Additive Manufacturing processes have improved both technically and functionally in recent years, but clients are demanding more from their delivered parts - from the overall look and feel to improved properties.
Responding to this demand AMufacture developed AMuCoat - a technical coating that delivers a professional finish with colour options for both SLS and MJF parts.
COMPUTER NUMERICAL CONTROL (CNC)
CNC is a subtractive manufacturing process that uses computer software to control the movement of components of the machine, such as the spindle and the cutter. CNC allows for a high degree of accuracy, can be cost efficient and enjoys a large range of materials that it can use.
Injection Moulding uses molten material and injects it into a mould to produce the end part. It is a very fast process and is suitable for large production runs. Due to the high cost of traditional moulds, this process isn't usually suggested for one-off or low run productions. That being said we specialise in 3D Printed moulds, which can bring the cost down substantially.