A. Process PolyJetTM is an additive manufacturing/3D printing process which is similar to inkjet printing, but instead of depositing droplets of ink onto a paper, these 3D printers deposit droplets of material onto a print bed. The 3D prototype parts are formed layer by layer by simultaneously jetting different kinds of materials. As with any… Read More


Fused Deposition Modeling

A. Process Fused deposition modeling is an additive manufacturing/3D printing process to form solid 3D prototype parts layer by layer by extruding production-grade thermoplastic materials (both build and support). Support material is only needed if the prototype to be built has overhangs. As with any form of 3D printing, the process begins with a CAD… Read More


Direct Metal Laser Sintering

A. Process Direct metal laser sintering is a 3D printing process that uses a laser to sinter powdered metal material, layer by layer to form solid 3D prototype parts. The powdered material is preheated to a temperature slightly below melting point to make it easier for the laser to fuse the material together into a… Read More


Vacuum Casting

A. Process Vacuum casting, also known as urethane casting, involves a silicone mold made using a master model to produce a small quantity of plastic or rubber prototype parts. Vacuum casting is excellent for prototypes that resemble the quality of injection molded parts, but without the level of financial investment required for tooling development. Prototypes… Read More


3D Printing vs CNC Machining

A. Processes 3D Printing: In 3D printing, prototype parts get built by the addition of materials layer by layer – thus, the term additive manufacturing. All 3D printers are additive but where they differ is how the layers are built. A few methods include the use of curing, extruding, or sintering the material in order… Read More

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