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3D Printing service with 3DEXPERIENCE Make

3DEXPERIENCE Make is an On-Demand Manufacturing platform, which connects designers or engineers with industrial 3D Printing service providers. Our service providers are mostly based in North America (the United States and Canada) and Europe (United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Germany, etc.). 3D Printing service is today mostly used for Mockup or Prototyping (technical or presentation), but some of our partners can help you on small series, or even large series. 

Thanks to our powerful algorithm, you can get a quote in seconds for your 3D Printing project from dozens of 3D Printing service providers.

 

Our 3D Printing service is handling projects in various industries such as Aerospace & Defense, Business Services, Construction, Consumer goods & retail, Energy & Materials, High-Tech, Home & Lifestyle, Industrial Equipment, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Marine & offshore, or Transportation & Mobility.

 

Our network of 3D Printing service providers offers hundreds of materials for your project, Plastic (PA12, ABS, PLA, PET, etc.), Metal (Stainless steel, 316, Aluminum, Titane, etc.), Ceramic, Wax, Sand or Composite (PA Glass, PA aluminum, ABS Carbon fiber, etc.).

Which 3D Printing subprocesses, 3DEXPERIENCE Make offers?

Powder Bed Fusion

PBF, SLS, DMLS, SLM, MJF, ...

Material extrusion

FDM

Binder Jetting

BJ

Material Jetting

MJ, NPJ, DOD

Photopolymerization

SLA, DLP, VAT, CDLP

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In the 3DEXPERIENCE platform you can say send to printing service and that’s how we found American Additive.

Dylan Falanga
Dylan Falanga
BIM/VDC Manager

The Pike Company

Discover how The Pike Company leverage 3DEXPERIENCE Make to Manufacture a part with our Partner American Additive Compagny

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Online 3D Printing service: how does it work?

Materials of our 3D Printing Service Providers

Plastic

ABS, PLA, PET, TPU, ASA, PEI, PC, UV Curvable, PA, PP, etc.

Metal

Aluminium, 316/316L, Steel, Stainless Steel, Tool Steel, Nickel, Titanium...

Wax

Wax support, UV Curvable, etc...

Composite

PA Glass, PA Aluminium, Plastic Kevlar, ABS Carbon Fiber, etc...

Features to help you

Check & repair or Geometry check is a feature that helps you to understand Geometry issue of your part and could repair it live and online.

Check & Repair

Check & repair or Geometry check is a feature that helps you to detect geometry issue on your part and repair it online and live.

Manufacturability Check

This feature is available only for 3D Printing service. It helps you check the manufacturability of your part, depending on the materials and the process.

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What is 3D printing?

3D Printing technology, also known as Additive Manufacturing (AM), refers to processes used to generate a 3D object. The machine forms layers of material successively under a computer-controlled program to create a physical object. Each layer generates a set of computer-controlled instructions thanks to the 3D File usually sliced into several layers. Both 3D printing and additive manufacturing reflect that the technologies share the theme of sequential-layer material addition or joining throughout a 3D work. Manufacturers generally categorized 3D printing technologies into two groups: direct and indirect 3D printing. The main difference lies in the fact that the design is directly made from 3D printing (direct) or 3D printing was used to create your model (indirect).

The objects manufactured through 3D printing processes can be of almost any shape or geometry. They are typically produced using digital model data from a 3D model or another electronic data source such as a StereoLithography (STL) file, one of the most common file types that 3D printers can read.

The term 3D printing originally referred to a process that deposited a binder material onto a powder bed with inkjet printer heads layer by layer. More recently, the term 3D printing represents a wider variety of additive manufacturing techniques in the popular vernacular. The additive manufacturing name remains more famous for its broader sense and longer existence for professionals. There are other terms, such as desktop manufacturing, rapid manufacturing, direct digital manufacturing, and rapid prototyping.

 

3D Printing its invention and usage for 3D Printing services

In the 1980s, Japanese, French, and American researchers invented additive manufacturing. In 1984, Chuck Hull of 3D Systems Corporation coined the very first patent of 3D Printing. Hull defined the 3D printing process as a system for generating three-dimensional objects by creating a cross-sectional pattern of the object to form it. His invention consists of a stereolithography fabrication system, adding layers by curing photopolymers with ultraviolet light lasers. Stereolithography is still one well-known 3D printing manufacturing technique known as SLA.

Yet, most 3D Printing services, especially hobbyists and consumer-oriented products, use Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF), also known as material extrusion or the proprietary Stratasys denomination’s Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). In 1989 by S. Scott Crump patented FRM just before launching the Stratasys company with his wife, Lisa Crump.

Metal 3D printing only became available in the 1990s with the invention of laser melting and sintering techniques. Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and Selective Laser Melting (SLM) are often grouped under the umbrella term Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS).

ISO/ASTM52900-15 defines seven categories of Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes material extrusion, vat photopolymerization, powder bed fusion, material jetting, binder jetting, sheet lamination, and directed energy deposition.

Our Manufacturing service uses the same classification, with simplified terms, to avoid complexity and confusion:

  • Material extrusion
  • Photopolymerization
  • Powder bed fusion
  • Material jetting
  • Binder jetting
  • Sheet lamination
  • Directed energy deposition

 

The possibilities with 3D Printing are boundless and encompass numerous industries from plastics and metals up to organic materials and food. A broad range of materials is used in 3D Printing. Each one carefully corresponds to the technical requirements of the end product and is usually fitted for only a restrictive set of additive manufacturing technologies.

 

3D Printing and materials, what can do a 3D printing service?

In order to illustrate the vast potential for 3D Printing, it is necessary to get a basic understanding of the most popular materials. Let’s begin with sintered powdered metal used for printing the injection molds used in classic manufacturing like casting, injection molding, and carbon fiber lay-up. Stainless steel, bronze, steel, gold, nickel steel, aluminum, and titanium are just a few of the suitable metals for 3D printing. These metals are particularly well suited for prototyping, jewelry, and tailored objects. Furthermore, Nitinol, an alloy of nickel and titanium, delivers a promising outlook for the medical implant industry. Its superelasticity and ability to change shapes are two features that astonish the scientific community.

A significantly broad spectrum of plastics offers an extensive field of possibilities for 3D Printing. Far from an exhaustive list, some possible plastics include acrylics, polyamides, ABS plastic, assorted polyurethanes, epoxy resins, nylon, and PEBA 2301. These plastics offer a plethora of conceivable objects such as prototypes, gear systems, ornaments, or educational modeling. Additionally, wax can be an essential element for design verification, functional testing, fine feature details, smooth surface finish, and tooling mold.

Carbon fiber and composites are cutting-edge materials that offer a fast way of producing an object that is as strong or stronger than metal. The bicycle and aeronautics industries most commonly employ them. Graphene, an allotrope of carbon, is the most robust material ever tested. It has the potential to create new technologies, thanks, in part, to its efficient heat and electrical conductivity and its near-transparent appearance.

Some more unusual materials encompass stem cells, paper, concrete, food, and yarn. As difficult as it may be to imagine, the 3D Printing of stem cells is a showstopper in 3D Printing technology. It would make it possible to print tissues, organs, or bones implanting into a patient.

3D Printing of paper offers a full-color spectrum for designers that want to produce a realistic 3D model before advancing a product onto final engineering. Concrete is currently used for housing portions and even entire homes in China. The food sector is testing and employing for 3D Printing chocolate, pizza, and cake decorations. Also, the wide range of materials makes it possible to produce yarn with 3D Printing.

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Sheet Metal, Extrusion, Forming, Stamping

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