3D Printing Services with Functional Strength

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3D Printing Services

Our 3D printing services are a great way to create concept parts that have functional strength. Our 3D printers are ideal for fit and form testing, prototypes, jigs, and fixture applications. We can print both plastic and continuous carbon fibre-reinforced parts in hours, allowing us to create parts that are strong enough and capable of replacing machined aluminium.

3D printing is an excellent method for rapid prototyping. Not only does it have a fast turnaround, but it’s also a cost-effective solution allowing you to test and compare new product designs quickly. Partnering with D&M for your 3D printing services means you can rest assured that the parts you receive will be highly accurate and made to industry standards.

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3D Printed Parts

Capabilities

Our capabilities are suitable for any size of business needs.

If you can’t see the information you need or have a question about the capabilities of our machines, get in touch. We work with trusted partners to ensure that we can always meet everyone’s individual needs; no job is too big or small.

Maximum part size

  • X 330mm (13.00″)
  • Y1 270 mm (10.63″)
  • Y2 250 mm (9.84″) with fiber
  • Z 200 mm (7.87″)

Minimum plastic part dimensions

  • X 1.6 mm (0.063″)
  • Y 1.6 mm (0.063″)
  • Z 0.8 mm (0.031″)

Minimum plastic unsupported overhang angle

  • θ 40°

Minimum plastic hole diameter

  • XY 1.5 mm (0.059”)
  • Z 1.0 mm (0.039″)

Minimum plastic post diameter

  • XY 1.6 mm (0.063″)
  • Z 2.0 mm (0.079″)

Minimum plastic engraved feature size

  • Z Layer features H: 0.10 mm (0.004″) W: 0.50 mm (0.020″)
  • Horizontal XY features D: 0.20 mm (0.008″) H: 0.80 mm (0.031″)
  • Vertical XY features D: 0.20 mm (0.008″) W: 0.50 mm (0.020″)

Minimum plastic embossed feature size

  • Z Layer features H: 0.10 mm (0.004″) W: 0.80 mm (0.031″)
  • Horizontal XY features D: 0.20 mm (0.008″) H: 0.80 mm (0.031″)
  • Vertical XY features D: 0.20 mm (0.008″) W: 0.80 mm (0.031″)

Minimum fibre reinforcement feature width

  • Open feature W: 3.6 mm (0.15″)
  • Looped feature W: 2.8 mm (0.11″)

Minimum fibre reinforcement part height

  • Fiberglass, HSHT, Kevlar® H: 0.9 mm (0.035″)
  • Carbon Fiber H: 1.125 mm (0.04″)

Minimum fibre length

  • L 45 mm (1.77″)

Smallest fibre reinforced post

  • Post Diameter 9.6 mm (0.38″)

Smallest fibre reinforced holes

  • Three rings D3: 0.5 mm (0.020″)
  • Two rings D2: 3.85 mm (0.152″)
  • One ring D1: 12.16 mm (0.479″)

Materials

  • Onyx Micro carbon fiber filled nylon
  • Onyx FR Certified UL 94 V-0 rated flame-retardant micro carbon fiber filled nylon
  • Onyx ESD Stronger, stiffer, and ESD-resistant – for industrial applications
  • Nylon Smooth engineering thermoplastic that can be easily painted or dyed
  • Precise PLA Thermoplastic for design validation.
  • Smooth TPU 95A Create flexible, impact-absorbent parts on demand
  • Carbon Fiber Aluminium-strength composite parts
  • Carbon Fiber FR Flame-retardant aluminium-strength composite parts
  • Fiberglass Entry-level Continuous Fiber for industrial applications
  • Aramid Fiber (Kevlar) Tough, highly compliant Continuous Fiber for high-impact applications
  • HSHT Fiberglass Thermally resistant Continuous Fiber for strong parts in high-temperature environments
  • PA-CF Super rigid but abrasive carbon fiber filament
  • PA Tough and self-lubricating but highly hydroscopic PA
  • PC Highly temperature resistant but easily warped PC
  • Polymers Multiple polymers for multiple applications in one project
FDM Parts 3D Printing

What is FDM 3D printing?

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is a type of 3D printing technology that creates three-dimensional objects by depositing and solidifying successive layers of material, typically a thermoplastic filament, layer by layer.

In an FDM 3D printer, the material is fed from a spool and melted by a heating element before being extruded through a nozzle that moves along the X and Y axes to create the object. The 3D printer then moves the print head along the Z axis to build the object layer by layer.

FDM 3D printing is a popular choice for prototyping, modeling, and creating small-scale parts because of its affordability and ease of use. FDM 3D printing is a valuable tool for many industries, including architecture, engineering, and product design.

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Advantages

Why choose 3D Printing?

3D printing has many advantages that make it the perfect choice for your needs.

Speed & Efficiency

3D printing allows for rapid prototyping, reducing the time it takes to bring a product to market. It also enables the production of small batch sizes and custom parts.

Cost Effective

3D printing can be more cost-effective than traditional manufacturing methods, particularly for low volume production, as it eliminates the need for tooling and molds.

Flexible Design

3D printing enables the production of complex geometries and shapes that would be difficult or impossible to achieve using traditional manufacturing methods. This opens up new possibilities for product design and innovation.

Sustainability

3D printing uses only the material necessary to create a part, reducing waste and improving resource efficiency. 3D printing can also be used to repair or replace parts, extending the life of products.

FAQs

Everything you need to know about 3D Printing

We have the answers to all your 3D printing questions, have a look at our frequently asked questions below. If you can’t find the answer you are looking for, then get in touch, and a team member will be on hand to help you with any questions you might have. Call us on 01765 522 222 or send us an email.

What is 3D printing?

3D printing can also be known as additive manufacturing, it is the process of creating three dimensional physical objects using a computer model or file. The 3D object is made by the heated nozzle laying down layers of consecutive filament, typically plastic filament, until the part is completely formed.

What materials can be used for 3D printing?

Our 3D printer has the capability of Continuous Fibre Reinforcement (CFR). This process reinforces parts with high-strength continuous fibres. CFR machines use two extrusion systems, one that extrudes the composite base and another for long stand continuous fibres.

Composite Base Materials:

Onyx

Flexural Strength: 71 MPa

Onyx is a micro carbon fiber-filled nylon. It’s 1.4 times stronger and stiffer than ABS and can be reinforced with continuous fibre. Onyx sets the bar for surface finish, chemical resistivity, and heat tolerance.

Onyx FR

Flexural Strength: 71 MPa

Onyx FR is a Blue Card-certified UL94 V-0 material with similar mechanical properties to Onyx. It’s best for applications in which flame retardancy, lightweight, and strength are required.

Onyx ESD

Flexural Strength: 83 MPa

Onyx ESD is a static dissipative safe variant of Onyx — meeting stringent ESD safety requirements while offering excellent strength, stiffness, and surface finish. It’s best used in applications that require ESD-safe materials.

Nylon

Flexural Strength: 50 MPa

Nylon White parts are smooth, non-abrasive, and quickly painted. They can be reinforced with continuous fibre and work best for non-marring work holding, repeated handling, and cosmetic parts.

Continuous Fibre Materials:

Carbon Fiber

Flexural Strength: 540 MPa

Carbon Fiber has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of our reinforcing fibres. Six times stronger and eighteen times stiffer than Onyx, Carbon Fibre reinforcement is commonly used for parts that replace machined aluminium.

Fibreglass

Flexural Strength: 200 MPa

Fibreglass is a continuous fibre that provides high strength at an accessible price. 2.5 times stronger and eight times stiffer than Onyx, Fibreglass reinforcement results in strong, robust tools.

Kevlar®

Flexural Strength: 240 MPa

Kevlar® possesses excellent durability, making it optimal for parts that experience repeated and sudden loading. As stiff as fibreglass and much more ductile, it can be used for various applications.

HSHT Fiberglass

Flexural Strength: 420 MPa

High Strength High Temperature (HSHT) Fibreglass exhibits aluminium strength and high heat tolerance. Five times as strong and seven times as stiff as Onyx, it’s best used for parts loaded in high operating temperatures.

What is Rapid Prototyping?

Rapid prototyping is an integral part of the user interface design process; it allows designers and product managers to test new concepts and theories on a 3D prototype, testing things like shape, size and usability.

Latest Technologies

We use the latest equipment.

We use the Markforged X7 3D Printer which is an industrial grade 3D printer. Ideally suited for rapid prototyping with functional strength.

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