Additive Manufacture (AM), often referred to as 3D-Printing, is a process of building up parts or tools layer by layer. There are a range of processes and different materials that can be deposited to ‘print’. The technology to allow automated building by AM evolved from the 1980’s through the 1990’s providing laser cured and laser sintered parts which were used as prototypes to check form and fit, at that time known under the collective term ‘Rapid Prototyping’. The modern derivation of this technology is a family of processes accurately creating solid objects from source material in liquid, powder, molten, and solidified form.
The common elements to all the Additive Manufacturing processes is the data processing steps taking a 3-dimensional computer model then layer-by-layer building a solid form without human intervention. Most processes use powder source material which is laser sintered in thin layers, each layer adhering to the previous one. The range of materials available to Additive Manufacturing is continuously expanding. Although the most commonly used ‘desktop’ or ‘3D-print’ materials are polymers, other materials include metals and ceramics.
Pentagon Plastics provides extensive services to plastic injection moulders as your centre of excellence for mould tool servicing, repair, modification, pre-production development and production mould tools. Through our generous machine selection, we also provide a subcontract machining service. Based in Horsham, West Sussex our UK engineering business offers a wealth of technical knowledge and experience. […]
Who is Protolabs? We are a quick-turn manufacturer that helps product development teams minimise design risk, accelerate time to market and reduce production costs. We do this through rapid production of prototypes and low-volume parts, using industrial 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding technologies. What makes us different? SPEED We automate the entire […]
Tri-Tech 3D are a UK and Ireland leading platinum partner for Stratasys 3D Printers. Based centrally in Stoke-on-Trent, as a longstanding Stratasys partner we offer the complete range of Stratasys FDM and PolyJet printers alongside their new SAF and P3 technologies. In addition to polymers, Tri-Tech 3D also provide a range of metal additive solutions. […]
Widely acknowledged as market leaders in our field, the name ABR has been synonymous with the precision welding of plastic injection, pressure die casting and press tools for over 40 years. ABR provide a range of refined “metal on” processes for the purpose of tool repair, rectification of design faults, machining errors and tooling modifications. […]
Our Metrology products help manufacturers to maximise production output, significantly reduce the time taken to produce and inspect components, and keep their machines running reliably. In the fields of industrial automation and motion systems, our position measurement and calibration systems allow machine builders to manufacture highly accurate and reliable products. The product range includes: Additive […]
Hybrid Advanced Manufacturing Services We have been pioneers in providing solutions for retrofitting conventional machine tools with additive manufacturing capabilities. As experts in metal additive manufacturing, we now use our own technology to provide services. We offer: Laser Cladding Laser Metal Deposition Hybrid Manufacturing (additive and subtractive in one machine tool) Surface Coating Repair and […]
Morson Projects are a reputable multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy with over 40 years’ experience across the UK and overseas.Their highly qualified engineering teams deliver capability and experience across numerous engineering disciplines, enabling the provision of complete end-to-end project management, design and delivery services to their valued long-term client partnerships. Morson Projects operate across six key sectors: […]
Rutland Plastics has been in the plastics business for over 65 years. We certainly look different today from when the company first started out injection moulding back in 1956. We have grown significantly over the years with new facilities, more employees and more customers. However, the business is still privately owned and still based in […]
At OGM, we manufacture the highest quality plastic injection moulded parts and assemblies, using advanced injection moulding, automation and 3D printing technologies. We have the expertise and skills to help customers throughout industry reduce lead-times, while enhancing the quality, functionality and performance of injection moulded parts and components. We offer a full injection moulding service, […]
Running machining centres at night and weekend should be a standard requirement for modern production machine shops. Unattended small batch, high mix, production is a standard provision with EROWA automation. When machining a high mix of parts Erowa can help with more unattended hours. A standard pallet based handling system is the key to achieving […]