3d printing

We offer end to end 3d printing and production services, from scanning objects using state of the art photogrammetry software through to producing your parts.

3d scanning

Using a modern DSLR camera and photogrammetry software we can take 3d scans to suit

3d design

Prints can be designed and prepared from scans, or from a number of other sources

3d print

We can produce any item you may need within a maximum build volume of 40cm3

We have both SLA and FDM printers available. This means we can produce everything from 50 micron (0.05mm) resolution jewellery and fine model printing using SLA, to 40cm3 build area large models in 0.1mm resolution available using FDM.

A large variety of filament is available for the FDM printer, including

  • Metallic finishes in gold, silver, bronze, copper, pewter and others
  • Beautiful silk finishes in a variety of colours
  • Subtle matte effect filament
  • Carbon fibre filament with greater strength and durability
  • Filament that uses around 50% recycled wood

Please contact us for further details.

Sustainability

3d printing is challenging the way we think about products produced using plastic.

The old way

Mass-producing plastic products overseas then shipping them in containers is a harmful and inefficient process. Most of the space in the container is air, and such methods invariably use a type of plastic (ABS) that is not biodegradable. ABS itself is in some way hazardous at every step of production, from refining the raw material to the fumes given off when the resulting pellets are melted and injection moulded to the shape required. For some purposes (plumbing, weather-proof fittings) such impervious plastic is required, but for the most part it contributes to the growing problem with plastic waste.

A new way

In 3d printing, the plastic that is typically used (PLA) is made from agricultural by-products (and is commonly produced locally). This means it is less toxic in production, bio-degradable, even directly usable as a mulch when chipped. It is delivered to local producers in sacks, extruded in to 3d printer filaments and from there sent to producers. This can save a massive amount of shipping space and fuel usage.

PLA is also available food-safe, and is being used to produce biodegradable alternatives to common plastic containing waste items such as plastic cups and cutlery, food packaging and disposable hygiene products.

Other plastics including PETG (commonly used in disposable bottles and usually a good replacement for ABS) and TPU (flexible and rubberised used for drop-proof phone cases), can also be printed when their use is required.

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