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3D printing metal

The possibility of 3d printing in metal has made many high-tech and technically advanced industries make great progress in their fields. What we see now is that more and more small high-tech companies are using 3d printing in metal and the orders are increasing year after year. 3d printing of metal is in many cases a cost-effective alternative to traditional machining and especially when it comes to components in the smaller order of magnitude and with high complexity. Compared to traditional manufacturing, complexity costs nothing in 3d printing, but what primarily drives the price is the size of the component. Having said that, there are many different types of 3d printing and we at Top3D have many of them. See our guide here.

Processes and materials for 3D printing in metal

DMLS

The DMLS process is suitable for most purposes and a large number of different materials are offered here, such as aluminum, stainless steel, mar aging steel and titanium.

Small 3D printed component in metal with Binder Jetting

BINDING JETTING

Binder Jetting is suitable for small details of very high complexity. The materials we offer are stainless steel and titanium.

AFTER-PROCESSING FOR 3D PRINTING IN METAL

Additional process steps are often required to achieve the requirements placed on the 3d printed components. We offer many surface-enhancing processes as well as machining for details with extra high tolerance requirements.

CNC

For those parts of the metal details that need extra high accuracy, we offer machining in high-tech equipment. This can be, for example, threading holes, reaming or creating perfect meetings between different details in an assembly.

Varnishing

We offer painting of details in different quality levels, which range from simple spray painting to high-gloss and matt A-surfaces of the highest quality. 

Polishing

We offer electropolishing for our stainless steels and mechanical polishing enables the polishing of remaining metal alloys.

ESD står för elektrostatisk urladdning (Electrostatic Discharge), vilket är en plötslig överföring av elektricitet mellan två elektriskt laddade objekt orsakad av direkt kontakt eller genom ett elektriskt fält. Detta fenomen kan orsaka skador på elektroniska komponenter och kretsar, eftersom de ofta är känsliga för små laddningar. För att skydda mot ESD-skador används ofta antistatiska material, jordningsmetoder och andra förebyggande åtgärder inom elektronikindustrin.

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A CAD program, which stands for "Computer-Aided Design," is an important component when it comes to ordering 3D prints for industrial purposes. CAD programs are specialized software used to create detailed and accurate digital models of objects, components or prototypes. These digital models serve as basic blueprints or designs needed to produce physical objects using 3D printing technology.

.STL (stereolithography) is a file format used to represent 3D geometry, especially surfaces made up of triangles. It is a common format in 3D printing and is used to describe models to be printed in 3D printers.

.STEP (Standard for the Exchange of Product Data) is a standard for exchanging 3D models and product data between different CAD (Computer-Aided Design) programs. It is a common format in industry and is used to transfer detailed 3D models of components and products.