Comparison of our 3D printing technologies

Do you have a rapid prototyping or additive manufacturing project? You want to materialize your ideas, thanks to our professional 3d printing technologies? Here is a brief description of the 3d printingtechnologies we use at Axis, the specialist in additive manufacturing since 1997.

Stereolithography

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Stereolithography is a technology for 3D printing from resin (presence of manufacturing support) with a good surface finish where its raw color can go from white to transparent. Stereolithography for 3D printing, has good dimensional properties (no risk of deformation) and good tensile strength and thermal resistance depending on the material chosen.

With this 3D printing technology, it is possible to realize complex shapes. The possible finishes are: raw, primed, painted, metallized, assembled, grained and we can install inserts.

To learn more about this technology, see our page on Stereolithography.

Powder Sintering

Powder sintering clip made by Axis

Powder sintering is a technology for 3D printing that is made from white powder which creates a porous surface. The 3D models made from this 3D printing process have a good mechanical, thermal and tensile strength with a fairly good dimensional accuracy.

We can make complex parts with mechanisms, hinges, inclusions, clips, … The possible finishes are: raw, primed, painted, metalized, assembled, grained.

To learn more about this technology, see our page on powder sintering .

multi jet fusion

Multijet Fusion Hp is a powder-based 3D printing technology that creates a gray porous surface due to black agents and a white PA powder. The models made from this 3D printing process have a good mechanical, thermal and tensile strength with an extreme and fine dimensional accuracy.

It is possible to make complex shapes with mechanisms, hinges, inclusions, clips, … without risk of deformation. The possible finishes are: rough, black colored, primed, painted, metallized, assembled, grained.

To learn more about this technology, visit our Multi Jet Fusion

Vacuum casting

transparent vacuum casting

Vacuum casting is a 3D printing technology that is made from a Stereolithography part used as a master model in a silicone mold where PU material is introduced under vacuum.

The properties of 3D prototypes produced with this type of printing depend on the material chosen but are quite similar to those of injection molding. The color is then tinted in the mass according to your choice and why not in bi-material. The possible finishes are: the installation of inserts, assembly, painting, …

To learn more about this technology, visit our vacuum casting page.

Fused Deposition Modeling

FDM printing

3D printing by wire deposition is made from a plastic wire melted in layers producing an irregular appearance but with a wide range of colors. 3D printing by wire deposition has good mechanical, thermal and tensile strength with fairly good dimensional accuracy.

The possible finishes are: sanding, inserts, assembly, painting, varnishing…

To learn more about this technology, see our page on molten wire removal.

Reaction injection molding (RIM)

pièces impression 3d rim

This3D printing technology makes it possible to produce 3D plastic prototypes in good material (close to injection) with a good surface finish in the desired colors (dyed in the mass). They will have a good thermal resistance, ideal for tests even mechanical.

RIM is an excellent alternative to injection molding for runs of 30 to 100 parts. The quality is equivalent, with a wide range of technical resins and colors.

To learn more about this technology, visit our RIM Technology

Metal Sintering

DMLS metal sintering

The3D printing allows the production of 3D prototypes in metals such as aluminum, stainless steel, inconel, titanium or other metal alloys. This sintering technology is used in the industry, in production, because the metal parts obtained are as resistant as by the traditional manufacturing techniques like machining or casting.

To learn more about this technology, please visit our page aboutmetal sintering.