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3d Printing Plastic

In recent times, the manufacturing of plastic parts has made great progress and many companies have realized that this is really a cost-effective alternative to the traditional manufacturing of plastic parts. Production volumes from 1 to approx. 500 units per year can very often be cost-effectively 3d printed instead of being manufactured using traditional means. The smaller the component size and the higher the complexity, the greater reason to 3d print the components. We supply plastic parts to customers in a variety of industries ranging from pure production companies to designers and architects. Different 3d printing processes and materials are suitable for different purposes, so feel free to contact us if you need help with your choice.

Processes and materials for 3d printing in plastic

MJF

Multi jet fusion (MJF) allows cost-effective manufacturing of parts of high complexity and/or parts in high numbers. The materials are thermoplastics and are therefore perfectly suited for details with function and strength requirements.

  • Nylon (PA12, PA11, PA12-GF)
  • TPU
  • PP

SLS

Selective laser sintering (SLS) allows the cost-effective production of parts of high complexity and/or parts in a high number. The materials are thermoplastics and are therefore perfectly suited for details with function and strength requirements.

  • Nylon (PA12 and PA11)
  • PP

FDM

Fused deposition modeling (FDM) allows cost-effective manufacturing of parts of medium complexity and/or parts in low numbers. The materials are thermoplastics and are therefore perfectly suited for details with function and strength requirements. With FDM, the largest number of different materials are offered, which are also possible in a variety of different colors.

  • Nylon
  • PET-G
  • ABS
  • TPU and many more…

SLA

Stereolithography (SLA) allows the cost-effective manufacturing of parts of high complexity, with high surface requirements and in low numbers. The materials are thermoplastics, which means they are easy to polish and varnish to a high-gloss finish and/or transparency. SLA is perfectly suited for details with high aesthetic requirements but with low strength requirements, such as design models.

  • Epoxy
  • PG 420 and many more…

Finishing for 3d printing in plastic

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 the installation of metal inserts for details with extra high requirements.

Coloring

For plastic parts that are manufactured in PA12 with SLS, coloring in a variety of colors is offered. These details are basically white which enables even light shades of colors to be achieved with very good results when dyeing. Details made in PA12 with MJF can be painted black.

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. If you wish to do the painting in your own facility, we can deliver details with sanded primer that is ready to be painted.

Stakes

Do your plastic components need extra strength in threads and holes? We install inserts with and without thread in different sizes according to your wishes.

Polishing

We offer polishing of all plastics in the form of mechanical polishing. For PA12 (Nylon) manufactured with SLS or MJF, we also offer a type of electropolishing.

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.