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We are the 3D printing arm of a larger company called Express Group Ltd. Fixing printers since 1988, today we are a Specialist Parts Distributor and Experts in 3D Printing.
We take quality control very seriously, which is why we are audited for ISO9001:2015 certification, this helps ensure we provide great customer service.
3D printers have been in use in the manufacturing industry for more than thirty years, but it is only really in the last ten that the market has opened itself up to other applications on a large scale, such as mould making for investment casting and tooling. Applications are also emerging for the medical and dental fields.
All of which is to say, 3D printing is no longer constrained by manufacturing limitations or design complexity; and as a result, it is seeing incredible growth.
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Launched in 2017, the 3DP Worktable offers the same build area the 3DP Workbench for a fraction of the price. Designed specifically for educational institutions, smaller businesses and manufacturers who are on a budget, the 3DP Worktable makes large-format 3D printing accessible to all without sacrificing quality or mechanical robustness.
Large-Format, High-Resolution 3D Printing
The 3DP Worktable 100 Series has a 1m x 1m x 0.5m build volume with mechanical bed levelling and a built-in marker frame. Setup takes just minutes and it uses open-market materials and software, to reduce cost. It will print down to a layer height of 100 microns (0.38-inches), and it is available with a single or dual head. You can also upgrade to the HFA extruder on your 3DP Worktable, which offers twice the print speed of the first-gen Workbench and twice the print speed of the standard Volcano extruder.
Used By The World's Leading Brands
3D Platform's range of 3D printers are used by some of the World's leading brands, including Lockheed Martin, Nike, John Deere, The University of Warwick, Caterpillar and even Walt Disney.
Outstanding Reliability and the Latest Technology
3D Platform’s 3D printers are renowned for their reliability and durability, and the 3DP Worktable is no exception. It comes as standard with industrial-grade mechatronics and it is made from the best, most durable materials. As standard, it has a step motor, or you can upgrade to SurePrint Servo Technology which delivers superior print quality.
All models have an LED display and they are self-contained, with their own operating system and processor. You send files to print through USB or via an SD card, with Wi-Fi being an external add-on. The 3DP Worktable 100 Series is easy to use has a heated glass build plate, making it capable of 3D printing PLA, PETG, HIPS, PVA and ABS materials. It will print cheaper filaments or premium filaments, to satisfy a wide range of project needs.
To find out more about the 3DP Worktable, including how it works, contact us today.
The best 3D printers fabricate models and parts that are true to design. In other words, models and parts that are a perfect physical representation of the digital model drawn in CAD. To achieve this high degree of dimensional accuracy, printers must produce a very fine edge across the build area. This is how we perceive parts to be high quality or not when we look at them and inspect them.
Of course, multiple variables determine how fine that edge is, and you cannot always rely on the quantitative values manufacturers place on their 3D printers. If we did, every printer on the market would be pinpoint accurate.
When you are shopping for your next printer, consider this: accuracy is the value that determines how close a 3D printed part is to its digital drawing. Precision refers to the repeatability experience of a printer, or how reliable the printing experience is. If you want a consistently good 3D printing experience, you need both.
The two most common 3D printer technologies are FFF and SLA.
The most common technology is fused filament fabrication (FFF), also known as fused deposition modelling (FDM). Both technologies are in fact one in the same.
These 3D printers are the lowest cost. They melt a plastic and extrude it layer-by-layer to build up models from nothing. This process is traditionally best suited to low-cost prototyping, but advancements in technology mean this is no longer the case. There’re more variables that can affect the quality of a print with FFF than SLA, but solutions like an enclosed build chamber and heated build plate reduce this.
SLA (stereolithography) 3D printers use a laser to cure resin (liquid plastic) onto the build platform in desired areas.
Unlike with an FFF 3D printed part, parts printed by an SLA 3D printer need to be post-processed with UV light. This cures the resin, causing it to solidify and reach the mechanical properties required for the application. The method of production is cure, peel, raise, with the laser curing the resin layer by layer; the peel mechanism lifting each new layer off the surface; and the raising action allowing new resin to flow under the build platform.
3D printers are available in all shapes and sizes to suit any project, but there are two common classes: desktop, and large-format.
Desktop printers do exactly what they say on the tin - they fit on a desktop (or most workspaces) and take up around the same footprint as a large LaserJet printer. Large-format printers are four or five times bigger, enabling you to manufacture models and parts like car bumpers and snowboards in one go.
You’ll find the bigger you go, the rarer photopolymer technologies like SLA and DLP (digital light processing) become. This is because they get very expensive as you scale up. Most large-format 3D printers are of the FFF variety because the technology is cheaper and easier to produce on a large, industrial scale.