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3D Printing

3D printing SLA

We offer a broker service for 3d printing and use 3d printed parts in our day to day work.  As we are involved in such a variety of projects and industries we use lots of different 3D printing materials and methods, and have links with a number of 3D printers around the UK.  With access to many materials and experience of their applications we can advise the best solution to your project.

We can see your project through from:

Consultation from an expert in the field – CAD design – CAD file fixing –3d printing – Moulding- Casting- Spray finishing – Integration into a more complex model.

Popular materials / processes

3d printed window fixing prototype

Standard SLA

A general purpose plastic with good elongation to break, water resistance and strength.

Applications:

  • Product prototyping
  • Concept models
  • jigs and dies
  • Wind tunnel testing
Rapid prototyping creating scale model for prototyping

Ceramic SLA

Low shrinkage. Highest stiffness of all 3d printed plastic. High accuracy, stable and temperature resistant over 200°C. Very smooth surface finish. Ideal material to produce parts for metal plating.

Applications:

  • Product prototyping
  • Master pattern for vacuum casting
  • Parts for metal plating
Clear ABS 3d printed part for testing a production part

Clear ABS

A general purpose plastic with good elongation to break, water resistance and optical clarity.

Applications:

  • Product prototyping
  • Lenses (requires additional polishing)
  • Wind tunnel testing
Carbon 3d printed prototype

Carbon SLS

Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic has the highest strength-to-weight and stiffness-to-weight ratios of any 3D printed plastic. Conductive and temperature resistant to 170°C.

Applications:

  • Automotive, motorcycle and aerospace
  • UAVs & Radio Control Cars/Planes
  • Mountain Bike Accessories
  • Consumer Products (e.g. Mobile Phone Cases & Spectacle Frames)
Rubber SLS 3D printing

Rubber-like SLS

A tear resistant, durable material suitable for prototype and production rubber-like parts. Available in a range of Shore hardness.

Applications:

  • Product prototyping
  • Gaskets and Seals
  • Hoses
  • Prototype footwear
  • Grips
Nylon 3D printing

Nylon

A generally lower cost material and not as high end surface finish.  This material is strong, hard wearing and flexible.

Applications:

  • low-heat air-intake components and antenna covers
  • snap-fit panels
  • impact-protective components

Take a look at some of our previous work for examples of 3D printing.

Gallery

Frequently asked questions

The ideal file format for 3D printing is STL (stereolithography).  We can generate this file format for you from various 3D CAD file types such as: 3DM, DWG, DXF, IGES.

We can also create your CAD data from scratch from technical drawings or even a sketch, so get in touch to see how we can help.

There are no set prices for cutting just guidelines as every job is unique and the various materials and processes are priced differently.  As a guide, the nylon is the cheapest option with ceramic SLA the premium material.

To get an accurate quote we would need to see your artwork and decide on a material choice appropriate for your part.

Simply send us an email with your CAD data and some details about you project such as:

  • What material you would like to use.
  • Quantities required for your job.
  • Any extra processes you might need e.g. assembly, spray painting etc

Don’t worry if you don’t have all this information, give us a call to discuss your needs, we offer free advice.

Some happy customers

Every product is different and would be best made with the appropriate material and technology. Contact us today and we can advise the best way forward with your project.

Colonel, The Artisan Team

Opening Hours:

Mon - Fri 9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun By appointment only

Artisan Model Makers

Unit 12 Isbourne Business Park,
Winchcombe,
Cheltenham,
GL54 5NS

Phone: 01242 603 948