Rolf Schmidt Industriplast offers 3D printing for prototypes, models, fixtures, etc. in sizes up to 254 x 254 x 305 mm. 3D printing is a production method whereby the product or model is built ‘from the ground up’ by the 3D printer laying multiple layers of plastic on top of each other. We can produce products and models in the following colours: ivory, white, black, grey, red, blue, olive green, orange and yellow.
Model material: ABS
Colours: ivory, white, black, grey, red, blue, olive green, orange, yellow
Stratasys Fortus 250mc
About 3D printing
3D printing is a method for producing prototypes and models of various structures and for manufacturing various products. For certain types of production, 3D printing is only useful for designing prototypes and models, while for other types it is possible to create usable products – it depends on what the product is to be used for.
3D printers most frequently use plastic to build the various structures, but other materials can also be used. The material (plastic in this case) is built up layer by layer to form the desired structure.
The structure that the 3D printer creates is designed in a computer program before printing. The structure is drawn using a 3D program that makes it possible to get an impression of the product to be printed.
The resolution of a 3D printer is based on the thickness of the layers the printer uses and the X-Y resolution. Most 3D printers typically print using a 0.1 mm layer thickness, so the layers are virtually invisible to the naked eye and leave the product with a smooth appearance.
The X-Y resolution is often specified in DPI if a printing technology that is reminiscent of a regular printer is used. Other types of 3D printers use technologies that make DPI not relevant as a metric. Stratasys Fortus, which we use at Rolf Schmidt Industriplast, is a good example of the latter.
These 3D printers belong to the additive manufacturing category. The advantage of these 3D printers compared to other similar technologies is that they often work faster and are easier to use – two reasons why this type of printer is being increasingly used in production where time plays an important role.