3D Printing Service
Professional 3D Printing Service
3D printing is taking the world by storm but the question that seems to still surface is: how exactly does it work?! Without diving too deep into the subject, 3D printing works by adding material on top of itself, layer by layer, until a full 3D model is built from the ground up. Think of building a tiered cake, except each layer is thinner than a human hair follicle, and not as tasty!
In the world of 3D printing, there are numerous types of printing processes that are used. Here at Source Graphics, we use two advanced technology called Stereolithography (SLA) and Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM).
SLA 3D Printing works by curing a liquid resin material with specific wavelengths of UV light. The UV light solidifies (or chemically hardens) the liquid resin and builds models layer by layer. As a result of this process, 3D models are more robust, heavily detailed, and longer lasting as compared to other 3D printing processes.
FDM 3D Printing works in a different manner as opposed to SLA. For FDM, plastic filament material is fed and melted through a device called an extruder. As the filament is being melted through the extruder, the filament then travels through the extruder's nozzle tip that then precisely built each individual layer of a 3D model. Similar to a hot glue gun when sold glue sticks are melted then pushed through the glue gun nozzle, filament is pushed through the extruder but precisely layered.
So the next question is, how do you get started? All you need to do on your end is two things: save your 3D CAD design in STL FORMAT and give it to us. Simple as that. Once your STL FORMAT file has been received, our 3D Printing Specialists will examine them for quotation. Once a STL FORMAT file has been received, we'll have an update for you within 24 hours.
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|Technology||Stereolithography||Fused Deposition Modeling|
|Overview / Uses||
|Max Build Size||10 x 10 x 10 in||8.6 x 8.6 x 11.8 in|
25 - 100 microns (.001-.004 in)
|20 - 200 microns (.001-.008 in)|
|Laser/Nozzle Size||140 microns (.0055 in)||0.40 mm, 0.08 mm|
|Average Lead Time||2-3 Business Days||2-3 Business Days|