Additive Manufacturing

 

Additive Manufacturing

To fulfill both prototype and production needs, Midwest Prototyping has invested in a variety of technologies that fall under the broad term of "Additive Manufacturing." All of these processes generate 3D structures from CAD files and build the components layer by layer. Each process has unique features and material options. We are happy to discuss their relative strengths and weaknesses. Click on a process below to learn more.

 

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SLA

Stereolithography is a process utilizing a precise UV laser to create 3D structures in a vat of liquid polymer, curing it upon contact with the laser light.

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 SLS

Selective laser sintering is an additive manufacturing process that heats and fuses a powder material to create a solid 3D structure.

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CLIP

Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) is a process using a UV light to continually cure photosensitive resin to create parts with production-grade strength and surface features

Polyjet Additive Manufacturing

Polyjet

The Material Jetting process utilizes movable print heads that jet photopolymer onto a build platform. The material is cured by UV light, creating a solid structure. 

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Z-Corp

Binder Jetting is a 3D printing process that uses a liquid binder to solidify a bed of powder. This process is capable of creating parts in full color.

FDM Additive Manufacturing

FDM

Fused Deposition Modeling is a process that heats a thermoplastic filament and deposits it onto a build platform, creating a 3D structure.