3D Printing

3D Printers use high grade and high-performance thermoplastics, photopolymers, and metals that are historically used in engineering – and manufacturing processes. With our printers we can produce complex high-requirement parts in a fast and efficient manner while providing flexibility, responsiveness, and control that cannot be obtained with historical manufacturing processes. All produced parts have a smooth surface finish. Systems 3D Offers a Variety of 3D Printing Technologies. This includes our FDM 3D printing service.

FDM (FFF) – Fused Deposition Modelling

FDM manufacturing is the process of extruding a thermoplastic filament over a heated a extrusion tip and laying down the melted plastic in and organised pattern so as to create functional and usable items. Following is a list of the materials we work in and typical characteristics and applications for the respective materials.

Nylon 12

Combines strength with excellent fatigue properties

Is suitable for applications requiring:

  • Repetitive snap fits
  • High fatigue resistance
  • Strong chemical resistance
  • Press (friction) fit inserts
  • Tooling, jigs and fixtures
  • Covers
  • Panels
  • Vibration resistant components
Primarily used in:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Motorsport
  • Consumer goods
  • Manufacturing of all types

ASA (Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate)

ASA is now the most popular all-purpose FDM thermoplastic used for FDM prototyping and for the production of functional end-use components. ASA exceeds the mechanical properties of ABS.

Charteristics and Qualities:

  • Provides exceptional UV stability
  • As a thermoplastic it is very strong
  • Available in a wide range of colour and matte finish
  • Offers the best aesthetics of any FDM thermoplastic
  • Ideal for attractive prototypes
Uses and Industries

  • Consumer sporting goods
  • Tools and fixtures
  • Automotive components and accessories.
  • End-use parts
  • Outdoor commercial use
  • Infrastructure use

PLA (Polyactic Acid)

Is a bio-plastic derived from corn and is a very popular filament among the “maker crowd” due to its relatively inexpensive price and biodegradability.

Characteristics:

  • Hard
  • Strong
  • Low rate of thermal expansion
Suitable for:

  • Consumer (non-industrial) based applications
  • Prototypes
  • Functional models not requiring to be able to function under stress or load
  • Indoor decorative applications for home and commercial use

Polycarbonate ISO (PC-ISO)

An industrial thermoplastic, which in its raw state, is biocompatible (ISO 10993 USP Class VI) and can be gamma or EtO sterilized. It is a strong, heat-resistant engineering plastic.

Commonly used in:

  • Food and drug packaging
  • Medical device manufacturing

Polycarbonate ABS (PC-ABS)

One of the most extensively used industrial thermoplastics in industry. This is because it contains a combination of properties from both materials both of which have properties that are desirable. PC offers heat resistance. ABS offers flexibility.

Industries used in:

  • Automotive
  • Electronics
  • Telecommunications
Applications:

  • Conceptual Modelling
  • Functional Prototyping
  • Manufacturing Tools
  • End-use Parts

Polycarbonate (PC)

Lets engineers and designers combine the speed and agility of 3D printing with the reliability of the most widely used industrial thermoplastics. PC is a true industrial thermoplastic that creates strong parts that withstand functional testing.

Widely used in:

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Medical
  • Coneptual Modelling
  • Functional Prototyping
  • Manufacturing Tools
  • End-use parts (consumer & industrial)
  • Many other applications
Offers:

  • Accuracy
  • Durability
  • Stability
  • Superior mechanical properties to ABS and a number of other thermoplastics
FDM is Trademarked by Stratasys Corporation so many other companies need to use their terminology Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF).
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