About 3D Printing 2018-04-14T12:19:05+00:00

3D Printing Explained

3D printing refers to additive manufacturing processes in which material is joined or solidified under computer control to create a three-dimensional object (click here for more). 3D Printing is a new and innovative technology which allows our team (click here to see our team) to rapidly prototype new designs or quickly create custom objects. Rapid prototyping is a group of techniques used to quickly fabricate a scale model of a physical part or assembly (click here for more) using three-dimensional Computer Aided Design (CAD) data. Rapid 3D Printing offered a variety of 3D modelling services (for more click here).

It is a game changer because within hours you can have a finished object which may be suitable for use as is or a prototype part used to check fitment and design before traditional manufacturing is implemented.


Finished Object

Finished Object

Prototype Parts

The 3D Printing Process

Any 3D printing process the same 3 basic steps. The example used in these steps is aDust Extraction Impeller we printed for our client Boral Concrete.

Step 1 – Create A 3D Model

CAD (computer-aided design) software is used to create a three dimensional model which is required for the next steps in the process.

Step 2 – Slice Model

A slicing program takes a three dimensional model which has been exported in file format like .STL which is used to translate the model into a machine code that the printer use. This is called a G-code and it contains information like the number of layers the model is broken into, nozzel temperature, printing speed, heated bed temperature.

Step 3 – Printing

The 3D model was designed by Boral and “Rapid 3D Printing” assisted the client recommending such parameters as ‘fill density’ (100% as the part will be destructively tested) and ‘item orientation’ (To reduce required support structure resulting in decreased cost and lead time)