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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.
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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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The Admaflex 130 will revolutionise how you manufacture ceramics. It brings ceramic production in-house, allowing you to 3D print intricate, complex ceramic models accurately with no need to post-cure them yourself.
It utilises a patented technology called ADMAFLEX which is based on DLP (Digital Light Processing) technology. It offers fast print speeds, extreme accuracy and doesn’t need to be monitored. It gets the job done after you press print.
3D print with Aluminium Oxide, Zirconium Oxide and Silicon Oxide powders to create models for a wide range of applications. The integrated DLP light source cures resin as it’s printed while a unique reconditioning system pumps unused, uncured resin back to the tank so there’s zero wastage and reduced material costs.
Easy to control – easy to get great results
The Admaflex 130 is designed to be easy and pain-free to use. You control it through a touchscreen and can adjust parameters in real-time. The system works extremely well, and it gives you layer-to-layer control for precision printing.
Design your ceramics in CAD, slice them, and send them to print. The Admaflex 130 takes care of everything and can even recommend settings to help you get started quickly. There are settings for ceramics, zirconia and fused silica.
You print with AdmaPrint, a homogenous mix of ceramic (or zirconia) powder and UV-sensitive liquid. A high powder content is recommended for optimal shrinkage rates when de-binding and sintering. After the printing process is complete, you give models a water bath for 12-hours and put them in a de-binder oven. This creates a 100% ceramic product.
What People Say
“This seriously widens the market in terms of what can be produced on all levels, and ceramic material can be of benefit to many different fields...like savings in time over traditional mold-making techniques, and the self-sustainability and customization options offered through being able to directly fabricate products in ceramics.”
– Bridget Butler O'Neal, 3D Print Pulse
“There are many attractions to ceramic AM, amongst which are tool-free component production, price competitiveness at low volume, the ability to produce complex geometries, near-net-shape production, scalability, and the broadening of possibilities for novel component design and manufacture.”
– Ceramic Expo USA
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.