3D Printing

One of the most popular methods using digital fabrication, 3D Printing is a rapid and accurate way of prototyping. At i{n}stance, we work with different types of printers and materials – from stereolithography to plastic extrusion, we consider it important to experiment with a broad range of apparatus.  Have a look at our different types of machines and choose the optimum one for your model.

 

FDM

Fused deposition modeling (FDM) is an additive manufacturing technology, which works by extruding a model layer by layer. It is used for rapid modeling and prototyping. It uses thermoplastics and materials with large heat resistance.

SLA

Stereolithography (SLA) is a 3D printing technique which uses photopolymerization, a process by which light causes chains of molecules to link, forming polymers. It works by focusing an ultraviolet laser on to a vat of photopolymer resin.

DLP

DLP uses a digital projector screen to flash an image of each layer across the entire printing platform at once. The projector is a digital screen, thus the image of each layer is composed of square pixels, resulting in a layer formed from small voxels.

FDM Printers

FDM printers work by using thermoplastic in order to build strong and durable prototypes with optimized accuracy. It is an ideal way for designers and engineers to produce and test a design in the most cost-effective manner. The rapid, low cost prototyping method allows for numerous design iterations, permiting mass customization strategies. Using prototyping plastics, FDM printers are best suited for fit or form checks but are also suitable for printing functional parts such as enclosures and custom piping.

DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS

Minimum Wall Thickness 1.4 mm
Minimum Details 0.5 mm
Maximum Size 200 x 200 x 180 mm
Minimum distance between features 0.8 mm

SLA Printers

Stereolithography (also known as SLA) is a laser-based 3D printing technology which uses UV-sensitive liquid resin. A UV laser beam scans the surface of the resin and selectively hardens the material corresponding to a cross section of the product, building the 3D part from the bottom to the top.

DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS

Minimum Wall Thickness 0.6 mm
Maximum part dimensions 145x145x175 mm
Layer thickness Standard: 50 microns
High resolution: 25 microns
Low resolution: 100 microns
Minimum embossed detail 0.1 mm
Minimum engraved detail 0.4 mm
Minimum distance between features 0.5 mm

DLP Printers

DLP use a technique that constructs the object on a built platform which hangs downwards. A light source shines upwards on the decided spots of liquid resin which will become part of the model. The build platform with the model is then pulled up slightly, and the next layer is printed in one single pass. Layer by layer, the operation is repeated untill the object is completed.

DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS

Minimum Wall Thickness 0.2 mm
Maximum part dimensions 80x45x120 mm
Layer thickness Standard: 25 microns
Low resolution: 50 microns
Minimum embossed detail 0.1 mm
Minimum engraved detail 0.4 mm
Minimum distance between features 0.5 mm

PRICING

Prices are calculated for every object based on material consumption and printing time.

All prices are in euro and do not include VAT.

FDM 3d printing material cost: 0.2 euro/gram
printing cost: 5 euro/hour
SLA 3d printing material cost: 0.4 euro/ml
printing cost: 6 euro/hour
DLP 3d printing material cost: 0.4 euro/gram
printing cost: 8 euro/hour

 

GET IN TOUCH 

If you are interested in prototyping with i{n}stance and either have a model to fabricate or would like to purchase one of our existing ones, or if you want additional information, our team is waiting for your queries.

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