3D Printing

      For any designer, engineer, scientist, inventor or enthusiast - 3D printing offers the potential to turn big ideas into three-dimensional reality.

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      What is 3D Printing?

      3D printers take data from a computer generated model and translate that into a real, solid form. The two most popular methods are FDM and SLA. Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) is a process where small amounts of plastic are heated and fused together layer by layer to create a three-dimensional structure. Steriolithography (SLA) works by using a laser to solidify a photopolymer (light reactive plastic) resin. The UV light is projected onto a point in the resin, causing it to become solid one layer at a time.

      It is already making an enormous impact in prototype development by giving the designer the ability to go from an idea to a physical object within hours. In contrast, creating prototypes using conventional methods can take weeks and is often costly. This all adds up to a faster turnaround on projects, months shaved off the design cycle and a whole lot of money saved in the process. The potential applications for 3D printing cross a huge range of business sectors from interior set modelling, architectural design and dentistry to rapid product prototyping and scientific and structural research.

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      NEW RS IdeaWerk Pro

      The RS IdeaWerk Pro is a more advanced model of the IdeaWerk 3D printer. The RS IdeaWerk Pro, which is priced at only £590, is capable of handling multiple types of filaments, including Flexible, PLA, ABS, PA/NYLON, PC, HIPS and PVA.

      The RS IdeaWerk Pro has many features in common with the RS IdeaWerk FDM 3D printer. These features include: build volume of 150 x 150 x 140mm; minimum layer resolution of 0.18mm; and maximum print speed of 30mm3 per hour, which makes it one of the fastest 3D printers in its class. Moreover, in addition to offering multiple filament options including the popular PLA material, the RS IdeaWerk Pro features a heated bed that can handle 0 to 120°C and high-temperature extrusion up to 300°C. Additional capabilities of the printer, available via the product’s touchscreen, include: temperature adjustment of extruder and heated bed; control of filament (in/out) and XYZ-axis movement; progress and status display; and temperature unit selection.

      Designed to handle tough print jobs and deliver exceptional print output, plus offering a robust and sturdy construction, the RS IdeaWerk Pro is easy to use and also lightweight enough to be portable.

      The printer can be used in either online or offline mode with connectivity via SD Card or USB. It is compatible with Mac OS and Windows OS versions including XP, Vista, 7 and 8/8.1, with no additional software or accessories necessary.

      Professionally Approved Products for 3D Printing from RS

      RS, Professionally Approved Products, gives you professional quality parts across all product categories. Our range has been testified by engineers as giving comparable quality to that of the leading brands without paying a premium price. RS offers you the entire range of products which are essential for 3D printing from 3D Printers, Filaments, Software and essential tools.

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