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.

Ultimaker 3

Building on the successful Ultimaker 2 & 2+ the Ultimaker3 adds dual extrusion capability, which allows 2 colour builds but more importantly the use of solid and soluble filament.
You can now combine build and water-soluble support materials to create complex mechanical parts and intricate surfaces or choose to print with two colours.
Ultimaker 3’s unique auto nozzle-lifting system ensures a smooth, professional finish with every print.

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Ultimaker 3 Key Features

● Build volume of 215 x 215 x 200 mm

● Layer resolution up to 20 micron for 0.4 mm nozzle

● Supports STL, OBJ files, as well as the new 3MF format

● Print temperature up to 280 ˚C

● Uses PLA, PVA, ABS, CPE, and Nylon material types

● Dual extrusion with a soluble support material

● Heated build plate with active leveling

● Wifi, Ethernet or standalone operation via USB drive

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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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