What is 3D-Printing?

3D-Printing is a method where material is handled additively. It is only added to where it is needed and it is the complete opposite of traditional machining where material is removed to achieve the desired result. 

There are a variety of 3D-printing technologies available in the market today. Typically the 3D-printing process starts with a 3D-model created with a CAD-software. 3D-file is then processed and sliced into thin layers, after which it’s sent to the printer for manufacturing. 3D-printing software defines areas where material is added and after a while a part is formed. This is why it is also called additive manufacturing.

Additive is all about layers

3D-printer uses the data from 3D-model to generate thin slices which can range from 25-150 micrometers depending on technology and settings of the printer. Material used by technologies can be in the form of filament, resin or powder. Materflow typically uses only powder and resin based technologies. After 3D-printing process is done the parts go into post processing. In the post processing the parts get the look and feel seen by the customer. Post processing varies by the requirements of the product. We have the power to adjust surface smoothness, colors and create different types of coatings to cover all kinds of end-uses.

 

Materflow – Digital 3D-Printing all the way

3D-printing and its services are the core competence of Materflow. There is more than a click of a button involved in industrial 3D-printing. A combination of know-how and hard work shows in every product that we make. Materflow has also developed it’s own cloud platform to automate and streamline 3D-printing ordering processes. Ever expanding services portfolio gives our customers all the 3D-printing services they need now and in the future!

Read more about 3D-Printing:

3D-Printing Materials
3D-Printing technologies
Cost of 3D-Printing