SLS Plastics

SLS Plastics

 DMLS Metals

DMLS Metals

 3D Design

3D Design

 Part Optimization

Part Optimization

 3D Scanning

3D Scanning

 

 

What We Do

 

We are the first 3D printing company in the Portland Metro Area with in-house DMLS and SLS printing capabilities. We work with you to bring your ideas and current parts to the next level by optimizing them for 3D printing. When we think about how things are made;

 

We think differently... We think in 3D.

 

3D printing technology has been around for over 25 years, yet when most people think of 3D Printing, they imagine a desktop machine making trinkets to show friends.  Our industrial 3D printing technology goes far beyond trinkets and paperweights. It is augmenting current manufacturing workflows and creating parts and objects strong enough to go into space.

SLS PLASTICS

 EOS Formiga P 110

EOS Formiga P 110

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is an additive manufacturing process. As in, objects are built by adding material layer by layer. SLS 3D printing utilizes a laser to selectively sinter (heat and fuse) powdered nylon or nylon filled material into layers. This layer by layer approach allows for the fabrication of complex parts that have been impossible or cost prohibitive through traditional manufacturing methods.  For example, SLS printed parts can have complex interior geometry, undercuts, and hinges that don't require post-production assembly.

It all starts with a 3D CAD file which is then broken down (sliced) into multiple 2D layers and uploaded into the system. A blade spreads the nylon powder creating a uniform thickness over a build platform. The laser goes to work rendering the first 2D layer, sintering it into a solid form.  After the first layer is sintered, the build platform lowers, another powder layer is spread, and the laser sinters the second layer. This process repeats itself until the build is complete.

PROTOTYPE vs. PRODUCTION PARTS

SLS has been used as a prototyping tool for years for a good reason. SLS produces parts quickly that meet most if not all of the necessary characteristics of a production part. With other methods of prototyping to produce an item compromises are made that sacrifice appearance, cost, design, physical properties, and or dimension thresholds. Whereas, production parts are suitable for use and meet all the characteristics without compromise. 

SLS produces parts on the timetable of prototypes but also meets all the characteristics of a production part. Advancements in materials and 3D printing machine technology have advanced SLS beyond just a prototyping method into a viable production part fabrication alternative.

DMLS METAL

 EOS M 290

EOS M 290

Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) is an additive manufacturing process. As in, objects are built by adding material layer by layer. DMLS 3D printing utilizes a laser to selectively sinter (heat and fuse) powdered metal material into layers. This layer by layer approach allows for the fabrication of complex parts that have been impossible or cost prohibitive through traditional manufacturing methods.

It all starts with a 3D CAD file which is then broken down (sliced) into multiple 2D layers and uploaded into the system. A blade spreads the metal powder creating a uniform thickness over a build platform. The laser goes to work rendering the first 2D layer, sintering it into a solid form.  After the first layer is sintered, the build platform lowers, another powder layer is spread, and the laser sinters the second layer. This process repeats itself until the build is complete.

PROTOTYPE vs. PRODUCTION PARTS

Usually, a prototype part needs to be fabricated quickly. In the essence of time compromises are made that sacrifice appearance, cost, design, physical properties, and or dimension thresholds. Where as production parts are suitable for use and meet all the characteristics without compromise. 

DMLS produces parts on the timetable of prototypes but also meets all the characteristics of a production part; making DMLS an excellent prototyping method as well as an advantageous production part fabrication alternative.

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3D Design


Do you need a production part or prototype? 

Our 3D Design Team can help you design your part. Whether you have a crayon drawing or 3D CAD file we work with you to bring your idea and vision to life. 

In this day and age the quicker you can go from imagining something to having it in your hand is essential. While developing and finalizing your part our SLS and DMLS printing environment allows for multiple versions of a part to be printed at the same time. This enables us to provide you various iterations or specific feature variations quickly, making it easier and faster to finalize and complete your design.

Part Optimization


BETTER. FASTER. STRONGER.

Reducing weight while still maintaining strength, integrity and function are some of the key benefits of 3D printed objects. We use advanced technology that checks parts for areas that could be replaced by cellular structures. We then further analyze and redesign features, such as wall thickness, to determine optimal printability and end use function. With these optimizations printing takes less time, uses less material and creates a better part without compromising performance.

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3D Scanning


Have a part you need to replicate?

We can scan that! With 3D laser scanning, we quickly and accurately capture your part's shape and geometries. Combined with physical measurements, we use this scan to reverse engineer and optimize the part for 3D printing.