What is 3D Printing?

Off late 3D printing has gained ample popularity. It is used extensively in the realms of jewelry making, medicine, architecture and designing, educational and industrial processes. 3 D printing encompasses the process of creating a three dimensional structure from a digital file. This aim is achieved using additive processes. Using additive processes, an object is created by laying successive layers of material. 3D printing differs from the normal, conventional method which relies on the removal of the material by cutting and drilling.

How will 3D Printing help me plan my surgery?

As Medical science has embraced this 3D printing technology, several intricate surgical procedures have been simplified extensively. 3D printing provides a one stop, comprehensive solution, wherein the medicine practitioners can gauge the complexities of in vivo organs by studying the pre-operative models. These 3D Printed medical models bear great resemblance with real, in vivo organs, providing the surgeon the feel of the organ. This facilitates smoother surgical procedures.

What is the process of generating a Model? What are the Imaging requirements and turn around time?

Generation of a patient – specific pre- operative surgical model, surgical guide, implant, etc. is an elaborate process where keen interest is paid to the intricate details. It encompasses three major steps viz. segmentation of the desired region on the 2-D imprints of MRI,CT or Echo Scan, generation of 3D CAD model and lastly obtaining a life size print of the model. More information here. A CT/MRI scan with good resolution and contrast is preferred to segment out the most accurate details. For more information on imaging requirements, kindly Contact Us. Depending upon the complexity of models, the turn arout time can vary from just 2 days to a couple of weeks.

How do I know that the model is anatomically precise?

Our firm’s core principle is consumer satisfaction. Several parameters are so designed and adapted to ensure that the 3D printed model is anatomically precise. Our FDA approved software’s tools enable the precise generation of models. 3D printed models are channelled through a series of software-based checks and conformations which ensure that the model is of superior quality with accurate anatomically features.

Do you provide specific anatomy study models or have an off-the-shelf library where I can purchase models from for educational purposes?

One of our objectives is to generate patient specific models, especially tailor- made to meet an array of anatomical needs. Several different models, specific to certain functions, forms, fits and location, can be generated. We are constantly working on different types of cases to develop a library of these models. Kindly Contact Us for more details.

How do I choose the most suitable material for my requirement? Is the material bio compatible? Are there any side effects that I need to worry about?

A boon to the 3D printing industry has been its flexibility in terms of materials that can be explored. POP-based full-colour models, ABS and flexible plastics, acrylic and resin-based materials allow us to serve a comprehensive array of applications. Several biocompatible materials such as PLA (Poly Lactic Acid), Nylon, PEEK, Titanium, Chrome-Cobalt, etc. have enabled millions to imagine the limitless possibilities. These materials are extremely durable and inert, having no side–effects.

Anatomiz3D is working towards making the most of this flexibility. We consult on materials based on your requirement or application of the final product. More information on the types of materials and printer can be found here.

What are the costs involved?

3D printed models vary according to patient’s needs. The cost of each model depends upon the consumer’s needs and varies according to the intricacies involved, anatomy of the structure, printing time, material type and volume. We believe in providing the most comprehensive solutions at reasonable costs, thereby ensuring that maximal consumer satisfaction is achieved.

How does 3D imaging work?

The term “3D imaging” refers to techniques that allow two-dimensional (2D) imaging sensors to capture and store 3D data about the physical world around us. The EinScan-S desktop 3D scanner uses structured-light phase-shifting technology to acquire the 3D coordinates (x y z) of real-world objects. Structured-light imaging extracts the 3D surface shape based on the information received from a projected structured-light pattern. The EinScan-S proprietary structured-light algorithms feature high-speed scanning, lower noise and finer details when compared to laser scanning technology.

What is the single shot accuracy of EinScan 3D Scanners?

EinScan-SE : ≤0.1mm

EinScan-SP : ≤0.05mm

EinScan-Pro : 0.1mm/0.3mm/0.05mm/0.05mm

EinScan-Pro+ : 0.1mm/0.3mm/0.05mm/0.05mm

How accurate is the EinScan 3D Scanners?

EinScan-SE : 200mm*150mm

EinScan-SP : 200mm*150mm

EinScan-Pro : 210mm*150mm

EinScan-Pro+ : 300mm*170mm

How is structured light better than laser?

Compared with competitively-priced laser scanners, the EinScan delivers better capture accuracy, less noise and better detail acquisition. Furthermore, the EinScan uses white light to ensure a safe working environment for users. Laser light can damage eyes but white light technology can be used without requiring any eye protection.

What’s the maximum scan volume?

The EinScan-SE and SP are capable of scanning a wide variety of differently sized objects. The maximum automatic scan envelope is

700mm x 700mm x700mm/200mm x 200mm x 200mm for EinScan-SE and

1200mm x 1200mm x 1200mm/200mm x 200mm x 200mm for EinScan-Sp.

Can EinScan scan both dark and brightly colored objects?

The EinScan is capable of scanning both dark and brightly colored objects because the software is equipped with a High Dynamic Range (HDR) scanning mode. HDR enables the capture of a wider range of real-world lighting scenarios for 3D imaging. The EinScan is an affordable solution for capturing objects of almost any color, including those with black and shiny surfaces.

What’s the output data format?

The EinScan outputs data in STL, OBJ.

  • STL (Stereo Lithography) is supported by most software packages and is widely used for rapid prototyping, 3D printing and CAD/CAM. STL files describe the surface geometry of a three-dimensional object but they do not convey color, texture or other common CAD model attributes.

  • OBJ files are used to convey both the geometry and material data including color and texture.

Can the scan data be used for 3D printing directly?

Yes, the EinScan has built-in model simplification which enables direct printing of very large data sets.

What operating systems are supported?

WINDOWS (7 and 8, 64-bit). Not Supported: MAC OS

Is colored texture scanning possible?

The fast and affordable EinScan offers full-color 3D model acquisition.

What power voltage does it use?

110V~230V (switchable).

What is the Scanning Speed of EinScan 3D Scanners?

EinScan-SE: < 8s

EinScan-SP: < 4s

EinScan-Pro:

  • Handheld HD Scan   90,000 points/sec
  • Handheld Rapid Scan   550,000 points/sec
  • Automatic Scan   Single scan: <2 s
  • Fixed Scan   Single scan: <2 s

EinScan-Pro+:

  • Handheld HD Scan   550,000 points/sec
  • Handheld Rapid Scan   450,000 points/sec
  • Automatic Scan   Single scan: <2 s
  • Fixed Scan   Single scan: <2 s
How does 3D printing work?

Although there are several things to keep in mind while 3D printing, the steps it takes to create a 3D print are pretty easy. Basically, this is the process for 3D printing:

  1. Download or design a 3D model
  2. Convert the 3D model to a 3D print file with the software Cura
  3. Start the 3D print on the 3D printer
what are the uses of HP 4200 3D Printer?
  • Produce multiple prototype iterations in the time it takes to print a single part.
  • Produce functional parts with intricate detail.
  • Easy-to-follow instructions on the large touch-screen control panel and way finding lights throughout the machine ensure task confidence.
  • Enclosed, automated material mixing and loading systems allow for a clean workflow.
What type of Laser to be used in EOS M290 3D printer?

Yb-fibre laser ; 400 W.

What are the materials used for Protocentre 999 3D printer?
The materials used for protocentre 999 3d printer are: ABS, PLA, HIPS, Nylon, PC, HDPE (All engineering thermoplastics).
What is the process of 3D printing?

3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the object is created.

What is effective build volume of EOS P110?

200 mm x 250 mm x 330 mm (7.9 x 9.8 x 13 in).

Why 3D printing is the future?

3D printing, or additive manufacturing, has the potential to democratize the production of goods, from food to medical supplies, to great coral reefs. In the future, 3D printing machines could make their way into homes, businesses, disaster sites, and even outer space.

What materials are used for Aha Star 3D printer?

All engineering thermoplastics and plastic composites commercially available or manufacturable in filament form including ABS, HIPS, HDPE, PC, Nylon, TPU,  TPE, Carbon Fiber composites, Metal composites etc.

Machine profiles for new materials support is continuously added via remote software upgrades.

Machine can also accept custom-built toolheads for other materials like pastes (clay, ceramics, etc), pellets, or any other user-specified requirement.

What is the build volume of Aha Prime 3D Printer?

The build volume of Aha Prime 3D Printer is 500× 500× 600 mm.

What is 3D scanning (sometimes referred to specifically as 3D laser scanning)?

3D scanning is the fast and accurate process of using a 3D scanner to convert physical objects into digital 3D data (in the most basic terms, it quickly and accurately gets your part into the computer). These scanners capture xyz coordinates of millions of points all over an object to recreate it digitally.

What are the benefits of 3D scanning?

3D scanning saves money and especially time at every point of the manufacturing process, anywhere from design to production.

Does the material of my part make a difference for scanning purposes?

Generally,no. Almost any material lends itself to 3D scanning. Although 3D laser scanners can have trouble with black, translucent or reflective objects (for obvious reasons), these objects can either be sprayed with a flat white talc powder or can be scanned with a different type of 3D scanner. It would be an extremely rare case if we could not scan an object because of its material.

Will 3D laser scanning damage my part in any way?

Absolutely not. The lasers used in 3D laser scanning will not damage parts, and are even safe for your eyes.

How accurate are your 3D scanners?

Our average 3D scanners are accurate to +/- 50 microns, or .002 in (two thousandths of an inch) for any point in space’s xyz coordinate. This is generally more than enough accuracy to cover the needs of almost all 3D scanning projects. If greater accuracy is required, we have options that use specialized 3D scanners which can provide finer scan data.

Can I get parametric data from a 3D scanner?

Yes. While 3D scanners do not directly output parametric data, our experienced engineers can reverse engineer fully parametric models based on the 3D scan data.

What can I 3D scan?

Generally, you can scan all visible not-too-shiny surfaces that do not move for at least a few seconds of scanning time. The 3D scanner range we offer can scan an object size of 60-500 mm, but can be adapted for scanning small objects with fine details or larger object like a car engine.

The best objects to scan with this 3D scanner are:

  • Bounded by the specified 60-500mm in any dimension
  • Opaque, not translucent/transparent
  • Not-too-shiny surfaces
  • Asymmetrical, with abundant scan alignment features
What's the best way to successfully calibrate?

Start calibrating with the mid-point and then calibrate smaller or larger sizes.  It's easier to calibrate this way.

Which file formats can be exported?

You can export the 3D models directly from the scanner software to all the standard formats:   .dae, .fbx, .ma, .obj, .ply, .stl, .txt, .wrl, .x3d, .x3dz, .zpr

Is there a rule of thumb when it comes down to 3D-Printing in general?

Keep the nozzle temperature as low as possible and cool as much as you can.

The above mentioned rule of thumb can be seen as the basis of 3D-Printing. This rule is created with hours of testing and experimenting with different 3D-Printer filaments and 3D-Printing techniques. Of course there are exceptions and boundaries to this rule, for instance, some filaments react badly to cooling and others cannot be printed below a certain temperature without risking under extrusion.

What is a PLA Filament?

PLA (Polylactic acid) is biodegradable thermoplastic derived mostly from corn. Due to its brittle nature, PLA is not recommended for 3D printing. Printed object may break down after a few months.

Furthermore, the material has sharp edges when it breaks, making it a hazard especially when removing the support material from printed parts.

What kind of plastic filaments can be used?

ABS, PLA, HIPS, TPU, PETG,PC, Carbon Fiber plastic materials are used on our 3D printers.

What material should I use? ABS or PLA?

Use of PLA is avoided as it has lower strength as compared to ABS when it absorbs moisture. Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene (ABS) printed parts have a strong, hard, and rigid output.

How much stuff can I print with one roll of filament?

In order to answer this, we need to consider a few things. We need to know the dimensions of the object, the percentage of infill and  the part requires support material or not.

Why won’t the plastic extrude properly?

3D printing is tricky beast, and there are many potential reasons why your extruder is having problems. The first thing to do, is to make sure that you know what material you’re using, and that you have the proper temperature settings.

Each material has an ideal range of temperatures

PLA: 190-210°C
ABS: 220 -240°C
NYLON: 240C-250°C
LAYWOOD: 175-250°C
LAYBRICK: 165-210°C
SOFT PLA/BENDLAY: 220-235°C
GLOW IN THE DARK PLA: 185-205°C
PVA: 170-190°C

How should I store my filament?
To store filament correctly so that it doesn't come into contact with moist air, you have three practical and relatively cheap options:
  1. Use double-zipped vacuum bags with a valve for sucking the air out with a standard vacuum cleaner.
  2. Store your filament spools in transparent storage boxes with sealed lids.
  3. Another great solution to creating a moisture-free environment for filament storage is a dry box. These cabinets provide the kind of low-humidity environment that is perfect for filament storage. The technology works through a electronic dehumidifier system that constantly dehumidifies the interior of the box. As a result, you’ll limit the contact that your filament has with humid air to practically nothing. For you, this means stronger, more reliable prints.
What temperature should it be to dry PLA filament?

For drying PLA filament you want to ensure more care, as 7°C will be too hot. We recommend at the very lowest temp your oven will go around 4°C. Even at this temp your PLA will soften, so drying PLA in the oven won't always give you the results you're after.

Can PLA get wet?

Some of you think that PLA will dissolve in water and/or will degrade in moist or wet environments. That is totally false. The 3D printable plastic, which is often used as a support material with dual extrusion 3D printers and which dissolves in water is PVA (Polyvinyl alcohol), not PLA.

Does PETG filament absorb moisture?

Wet PETG is significantly more brittle than dry, and the interlayer adhesion is significantly reduced. Fortunately, most of the filaments we print with aren't very susceptible to hydrolysis at room temperature without the presence of an acid or a base. Nylon and PC can absorb enough water in 48 hours to ruin prints.

What is the difference between PET and PETG?

PET, or 'polyethylene terephthalate', is a combination of two monomers. PETG is of the same chemical composition as PET but with the addition of glycol. With just this one addition, the chemical composition is completely changed, creating a whole new plastic.

What does FDM printing mean?

FDM stands for Fused Deposition Modeling, which simply means that material is deposited in single layers that fuse together to create a 3D object.

How does SLA printing work?

Stereolithography (SLA) printing was first invented in the 1980's and works by curing resin with light. The light solidifies a liquid resin via a process called photo-polymerization and builds objects layer by layer.

How does SLS print work?

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is the process of turning digital designs into three-dimensional objects.During SLS, tiny particles of plastic, ceramic or glass are fused together by heat from a high-power laser to form a solid, three-dimensional object.

What is the difference between SLA and SLS?

There are some common denominators, for example, both use a laser to trace out and build individual layers. For SLA a liquid resin is cured, where as in SLS powder is selectively fused together.

Why is sintering done?

Because the sintering temperature does not have to reach the melting point of the material, sintering is often chosen as the shaping process for materials with extremely high melting points such as tungsten and molybdenum. The study of sintering in metallurgy powder-related processes is known as powder metallurgy.

How does direct metal laser sintering work?

To create your 3D print, a laser in the printer melts the powder together. So here's how it works: A super-thin layer of Aluminum or Titanium powder is spread out by a roller. The print chamber of the 3D printer is then heated up.

What is powder bed fusion?

The Powder Bed Fusion process includes the following commonly used printing techniques: Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS), Electron beam melting (EBM), Selective heat sintering (SHS), Selective laser melting (SLM) and Selective laser sintering (SLS).

What is MJP technology?

MJP or MultiJet Printing is an inkjet printing process that uses piezo printhead technology to deposit either photocurable plastic resin or casting wax materials layer by layer. MJP is used to build parts, patterns and molds with fine feature detail to address a wide range of applications.

What is PolyJet material?

PolyJet is a powerful 3D printing technology that produces smooth, accurate parts, prototypes and tooling. With microscopic layer resolution and accuracy down to 0.1 mm, it can produce thin walls and complex geometries using the widest range of materials available with any technology.

What are the output file formats that i can get?

Get 3D design files in the choice of formats like STL/ IGS/ STP/Part/ Obj etc which can be used for 3D Printing/ Moulds and other applications.For rendering, we share high quality jpeg images.

How do i contact your team?

For any queries or to submit your design, drop an email to info@think3d.in or fill the contact form. Our team will get in touch with you with more details and estimates.

I have a mesh which needs repair. Is it possible?

We can repair your 3D design file by correcting the mesh or by adding details or checking for non-printable areas and provide the required STL file ready for 3D printing in any of the technologies - SLS/ FDM/ SLA/ PJP/ MJP or more.

How safe is my data?

Do not worry! As a habit, we keep customer data very secure. Additionally, we sign a NDA confidentiality form, for projects requiring data security

What are the input file formats that we need to give for 3D printing?

.STL and .OBJ

What are the inputs we need to give for 3D designing?

The inputs that you can give are rough ideas scribbled on a paper, any physical component, reference models of components, and images.

When I upload a 3D model to the site, textures and colours are sometimes missing: how can I make them appear?

When you upload your 3D file in certain formats, for instance .obj, you should include colours, textures and the 3D model in a .zip archive. To upload your 3D model to the site, you can send the  texture files like .VRML, .ZBD, .FBX files by .zipping from your computer.

Why do some designs require fixing before they can be made?

When you upload a design to our gallery, you may find that some geometric issues prevent it from being built without modifications. The most common reason is that the design does not unambiguously represent a solid object. Another possibility is that some parts are too thin to be synthesized.

Many 3D software modelling tools currently available focus on creating models for rendering and animation. Most of the time, this type of software does not require the object to be solid and only represents its surface. This information is sometimes insufficient to reconstruct a solid object solely based on the 3D design.

If possible, our software tools will attempt to automatically fix the design. However, some issues require manual editing by the designer.

What is the advantage of CAD?
  • One of the Benefits of CAD is to Draw to Scale.
  • The ability to producing very accurate designs.
  • Drawings can be created in 2D or 3D and rotated.
  • Other computer programs can be linked to the design software.
What is the purpose of reverse engineering?

Reverse engineering is taking apart an object to see how it works in order to duplicate or enhance the object. The practice, taken from older industries, is now frequently used on computer hardware and software.

What is 3D scanning (sometimes referred to specifically as 3D laser scanning)?

3D scanning is the fast and accurate process of using a 3D scanner to convert physical objects into digital 3D data (in the most basic terms, it quickly and accurately gets your part into the computer). These scanners capture xyz coordinates of millions of points all over an object to recreate it digitally.

What are the benefits of 3D scanning?

3D scanning saves money and especially time at every point of the manufacturing process, anywhere from design to production.

Does the material of my part make a difference for scanning purposes?

Generally,no. Almost any material lends itself to 3D scanning. Although 3D laser scanners can have trouble with black, translucent or reflective objects (for obvious reasons), these objects can either be sprayed with a flat white talc powder or can be scanned with a different type of 3D scanner. It would be an extremely rare case if we could not scan an object because of its material.

Will 3D laser scanning damage my part in any way?

Absolutely not. The lasers used in 3D laser scanning will not damage parts, and are even safe for your eyes.

How accurate are your 3D scanners?

Our average 3D scanners are accurate to +/- 50 microns, or .002 in (two thousandths of an inch) for any point in space’s xyz coordinate. This is generally more than enough accuracy to cover the needs of almost all 3D scanning projects. If greater accuracy is required, we have options that use specialized 3D scanners which can provide finer scan data.

Can I get parametric data from a 3D scanner?

Yes. While 3D scanners do not directly output parametric data, our experienced engineers can reverse engineer fully parametric models based on the 3D scan data.

What can I 3D scan?

Generally, you can scan all visible not-too-shiny surfaces that do not move for at least a few seconds of scanning time. The 3D scanner range we offer can scan an object size of 60-500 mm, but can be adapted for scanning small objects with fine details or larger object like a car engine.

The best objects to scan with this 3D scanner are:

  • Bounded by the specified 60-500mm in any dimension
  • Opaque, not translucent/transparent
  • Not-too-shiny surfaces
  • Asymmetrical, with abundant scan alignment features
What's the best way to successfully calibrate?

Start calibrating with the mid-point and then calibrate smaller or larger sizes.  It's easier to calibrate this way.

Which file formats can be exported?

You can export the 3D models directly from the scanner software to all the standard formats:   .dae, .fbx, .ma, .obj, .ply, .stl, .txt, .wrl, .x3d, .x3dz, .zpr

Why CNC machining is essential for batch production?

Batch production is a method whereby the components of an item are produced in separate stages on separate machines to create different batches of products. Using CNC machines for batch production can streamline the workflow because of the reliability, accuracy, and speed of CNC-based manufacturing.

What are the applications of CNC Machine?
  • Electronics Parts Manufacturing.
  • Engraving Machine Applications.
  • Machining Composites.
  • 5 Axis Machining.
  • Dental Milling Applications.
  • Micro Hole Drilling.
  • Machining Aluminum.
  • Machining Plastics.

 

What does a CNC router do?

A computer numerical control (CNC) router is a computer-controlled cutting machine related to the hand-held router used for cutting various hard materials, such as wood, composites, aluminium, steel, plastics, glass, and foams. Automation and precision are the key benefits of CNC router tables.

What are the different types of CNC machines?

There are basically five different types of CNC machines:

  • CNC Plasma Cutting Machine.
  • CNC Laser Cutting Machine.
  • CNC Milling Machine.
  • CNC Router Machine.
  • CNC Lathe Machine.
Can you injection mold glass?

Injection molding is a manufacturing process in which parts are produced by injecting material in liquid form into a mold. It is most commonly performed with thermoplastic polymers, but can be used with a variety of other materials to include metals and glass.

Why is Injection Molding good for mass production?

Injection molding machines are able to process two or more different plastics at the same time. The initial creation of a mold can be expensive. For this reason, large production runs using plastic machining can cost up to 25 times more than plastic injection molding.

What is injection pressure in injection molding?

The pressure on the face of the injection screw or ram when injecting material into the mold, usually expressed in PSI.

How many types of injection Moulding machines are there?

There are two primary types of plastics: thermosets and thermoplastics. The main difference between these two types of plastics is that thermosets permanently cure.

What finishing options are available for a vacuum casting part?

A wide variety of finishes are available for vacuum castings. Pigments/tints in the resins, bead blast, painting, surface textures, vacuum metalising, electroplating.

When should I use vacuum casting?

Short batch production, or when both aesthetics and functionality are required. Clear parts and also rubbers of varying Shore A harnesses can be produced using this process. There is no need for hard tooling with this process, so huge cost savings can be achieved if the quantities are suitable.

What kind of lasers do we use for laser cut?

There are three main types of lasers used in laser cutting. The CO2 laser is suited for cutting, boring, and engraving. The neodymium (ND) and neodymium yttrium-aluminum-garnet (ND-YAG) lasers are identical in style and differ only in application. ND is used for boring and where high energy but low repetition are required. The ND-YAG laser is used where very high power is needed and for boring and engraving. Both CO2 and ND/ ND-YAG lasers can be used for welding.