3D Printer Ecosystem

3’D Revolution Technologies has developed its in-house 3D printer ecosystem based on an ideal combination of 3D Printing capabilities for engineers, machine shops, service bureaus, custom fabricators, and small manufacturers looking to produce cost effective & functional commercial quality parts.

In our project work, we frequently make use of hybrid manufacturing strategies that combine the diverse attributes of the materials, platforms and 3D printers listed below. To help you get a better idea of how these generally fit into our 3D strategy, here are the top 10 specific factors we consider when choosing the printer and material for each project/part;

Key Attributes

Depending on your priorities with respect to the below, we can engage the platform(s) and materials that work best for your application.

  • COST EFFECTIVE
  • ACCURACY
  • STRENGTH
  • BUILD VOLUME
  • QUALITY/FINISH
  • AIR/WATER TIGHT
  • MATERIAL OPTIONS
  • EASE OF USE
  • POST PROCESSING
  • PRINT SPEED

Composites

In composite printing, continuous (engineered) fibres such as Carbon Fiber, Kevlar and Fiber glass are added to plastic substrate layers in order to give parts specific characteristics such as dimensional stability, strength, stiffness, heat deflection, insulation, abrasion resistance, flexibility, etc.

Carbon Fibre Reinforced Clamp

Soft Jaw Vise-CFF

Markforged Composite Print

Motor Housing-CFF

Printers

X7 and Mark 2 3D Printers

Markforged Composite Printers transcend the realm of 3D printing prototypes and trinkets. We use their technology to print amazing composite and continuous fiber parts (CFF) that can be reinforced for metal-strength.

We love 3D printing with these machines!

Markforged X7

CFF – Continuous Fiber Fabrication (Composite)

Best Attributes – Strength, Volume, Cost Effective
Best Uses – Accurate, Functional, Lightweight Tooling, Fixtures, Prototypes, and Machine Components.
Build Size – (X, Y, Z): 330 x 250 x 200 mm (13 x 9.8 x 7.9 inches)

Markforged Mark 2

CFF – Continuous Fiber Fabrication (Composite)

Best Attributes – Cost Effective, Strength, Quality/Finish
Best Uses – Accurate, Functional, Lightweight Tooling, Fixtures, Prototypes, and Machine Components.
Build Size – (X, Y, Z): 320 x 132 x 160 mm (12.6 x 5.2 x 6.3 inches)

Markforged Composite Materials:

  • Plastics Materials = Onyx, Nylon (1.75 mm filament)
  • Continuous Fiber = Carbon Fiber, Fiberglass, Kevlar, High Temperature/High Strength Fiberglass

Metals

Metal printing is poised to become mainstream with the introduction of the ADM 3D metal printing platform. ADM technology is making high quality, cost effective metal printing accessible to businesses and professionals that require strong, functional, end use parts with the specific attributes found only in alloys.

Markforged Metal X Print

Sprocket-ADM

Markforged Metal X 3D Print

Bracket-ADM

Printers

Markforged Metal X

ADM – Atomic Diffusion Manufacturing (Metal)

Best Attributes – Strength, Quality/Finish, Ease of Use
Best Uses – Fully Functional, Lightweight, Complex Machine Parts That Are Cast Quality, Ready for End Use
Build Size – (X, Y, Z): 300 x 220 x 180 mm (11.1 x 8.6 x 7.1 inches)

Markforged Metal Materials:

  • 17-4 Stainless Steel
  • 303 Stainless Steel
  • H13 Tool Steel
  • D-2 Tool Steel
  • Inconel 625 (Beta)
  • Titanium Ti-6Al-4V (Beta)
  • Copper (Beta)

MetalX has redefined 3D printing with respect to metal. This office and workshop friendly system offers cost effective, accessible, high quality results which have set the stage for widespread commercialization and professional use of metal 3D printing.

We love 3D printing with these machines!

Plastics

Plastic printing represents the bulk of the current marketplace in 3D printing technologies. Current available platforms essentially fall into 1 of 2 categories based on the type of plastic they use ie. Thermal plastics (filaments), or Photo Reactive (resins).

Plastic printing generally produces the most cost effective and high quality results with respect to modelling, design, and form-fit testing applications, as well as large format 3D printing, and low volume, high value production use cases.

Flange-SLA

Enclosure-FDM

Manifold-SLS

Printers

Modix Big 60

FDM – Fused Deposition Modeling (Plastic)

Best Attributes – Cost Effective, Build Volume, Ease of Use
Best Uses – Concept Models, Prototype Design Iteration, Large Volume Printing, Hybrid Component Manufacturing
Build Size – (X, Y, Z): 610 x 610 x 610 mm

Modix Big 120

FDM – Fused Deposition Modeling (Plastic)

Best Attributes – Cost Effective, Build Volume, Ease of Use
Best Uses – Concept Models, Prototype Design Iteration, Large Volume Printing, Hybrid Component Manufacturing
Build Size – (X, Y, Z): 1200 x 610 x 610 mm

Modix Plastic Materials:

  • Thermoplastic Filaments including PLA, ABS, PLA, PHA, PVA, Hips, Nylon, TPE, TPU (FleX) Co-Polyester, PETG, etc…

Want to print big? With Modix large format 3D printers, printing volume is no longer an issue. These printers feature top brand name components, open platform, and open materials with compatibility for most filament plastics (1.75 & 2.85 mm) up to 300 degrees C.

We love 3D printing with these machines!

Form 2

SLA – Stereolithography

Best Attributes – Cost Effective, Quality/Finish, Material Options
Best Uses – Trade Show Models, Prototype Design Iteration, Functional End Use Parts
Build Size – (X, Y, Z): 145 x 145 x 175 mm (5.7 x 5.7 x 6.9 inches)

Form2 Plastic Materials:

  • Photo-Reactive Liquid Resins
    • Standard = Clear, white, grey, black
    • Engineering = Tough, High Temp, Flexible, Durable
    • Jewelry = Castable
    • Dental = Dental SG

Formlabs reinvented stereolithography (SLA), making it possible to achieve industrial-grade print quality at a fraction of the cost.

We love 3D printing with these machines!

ProX 950

SLA – Stereolithography

Best Attributes – Quality/Finish, Build Volume, Material Options
Best Uses – Large Complex Parts, Short Run Production, Mold Making, Trade Show Models, Form-fit, Functional Prototyping, End Use Parts
Build Size – (X, Y, Z): 59.1 x 29.6 x 19.7 inches

ProX Plastic Materials:

  • Photo-Reactive Liquid Resin (Accura 25, Accura ClearVue)

The ProX 950 delivers large, accurate, high quality parts with rapid throughput and turnaround time.

We love 3D printing with these machines!

3D Systems ProX 950 3D Printer

SPro 230

SLS – Selective Laser Sintering

Best Attributes – Build Volume, Print Speed, Strength
Best Uses – Large (bulky) Parts, Short Run Production Printing, Functional Prototyping, End Use Parts
Build Size – (X, Y, Z): 22 x 22 x 30 inches

sPro Plastic Materials:

  • Thermoplastic Nylon Powder (Duraform PA)

The sPro 230 delivers large, durable nylon or composite/nylon parts. Ideal for volume production of small to medium sized parts, as well as the production of large parts in one single piece.

We love 3D printing with these machines!

Fortus 900

FDM – Fused Deposition Modeling (Plastic)

Best Attributes – Quality/Finish, Material Options, Build Volume
Best Uses – Large (bulky) Parts, Short Run Production Printing, Functional Prototyping, End Use Parts
Build Size – (X, Y, Z): 36 x 24 x 36 inches

Fortus Plastic Materials:

  • ABS
  • Ultem 9085

The Stratasys F900 is built specifically for manufacturing and heavy industries. It has the largest build size of any FDM system.

We love 3D printing with these machines!