Why choose rapid prototyping at Axis?

Axis has been a specialist in rapid prototyping for over 20 years. Since its creation, our company’s will is to collaborate in the realization of projects regardless of the industrial sector in which our clients are located.

Rapid prototyping is a very important step for the validation of projects that will later be launched in large-scale production and thus industrialized. Our core business is to accompany the realization of prototypes allowing to validate the products which will be on sale a few months or years later. As we do not have a design office, we are not able to create 3D files, but we do have several machines and materials to produce your prototypes. It is therefore necessary to send us 3D files in the following formats: GES, .STEP, .STL or .CatPart.

Stereolithography is a 3D printing technique that works by a photo-polymerization process of a liquid resin that solidifies with a laser in layers of 0.10 to 0.15 mm.

This technology is adapted to produce finalized models in order to validate the dimension and the geometry of parts, but also the aesthetic aspect of a project. For this additive manufacturing process, we have 9 machines, but also 9 different resins depending on the desired characteristics: Clearvue resin will be preferred to produce transparent parts, HPC resin for prototypes that need to have a high resistance to heat or Next resin which is very close to the technical characteristics of a thermoplastic. Feel free to consult our page dedicated to the different materials to learn more. This printing technology allows us to produce parts within a few days, except in the case of important finishing or large quantities.

Powder sintering clip made by Axis

Powder sintering or laser sintering allows us to obtain more technical parts with good mechanical properties.

This3D printing method works by agglomerating layers of 0.10 mm polyamide particles using a laser. This laser hits a powder mat only where it is needed to manufacture the part. After production, it is necessary to let the set cool down and then, an operator must remove the pieces of the production “cake”. On this technology, we have 3 machines with two materials which are PA12 sintering and glass-filled sintering.

Also, we use the Multi Jet Fusion HP to make parts in PA 12 sintering, but in 0.8 mm layers. Instead of a laser, arms are used to deposit contouring and fusing agents on the powder to create the shape of the parts. As with conventional powder sintering, we have to wait to powder the parts produced. For this type of prototyping, we usually need a few working days to produce the parts. The design time can be increased depending on the finish or the quantity of parts to be produced.

Vacuum casting allows to make parts in small series. We use stereolithography to design a master model which is then used to create a silicone mold in which the polyurethane parts are produced and solidified in specific machines.

This process of additive manufacturing allows to realize parts in small series, while having the possibility of having materials approaching the materials known as of injection. Indeed, the casting process is done through the mixing of different liquid components that allow to create the final material of the prototypes. It is possible for us to color this material to obtain the color you want. For a large part of the materials, the silicone molds allow to produce series of about twenty pieces. We keep the molds between 4 to 6 months in our premises and the molds can not make more pieces than indicated on our price offers. For this additive manufacturing process, production times are a little longer since we have to produce the tools to cast the polyurethane parts.

Stereolithography vacuum cleaner made by Axis

To obtain the most realistic prototypes possible, we have a team of modelers/modelers who apply all the finishing touches according to your specifications. Indeed, we have several paint booths that allow us to give the parts made in 3D printing the look of a serial part.

We have the technical capabilities to paint your parts according to RAL, Pantone or sample supplied with matte, gloss, chrome or satin finish. We can also do a true to life metallization on your parts in stereolithography thanks to the Jet Metal process, put colored varnishes on transparent parts made in Clearvue Stereolithography as well as add a VDI type graining to bring texture to the prototyped parts. In addition to the finishing touches on the color of the parts, we can carry out other more technical finishing touches such as the installation of inserts, the assembly of your prototype, the installation of transfers, the heat treatment, the epoxy impregnation etc…

In conclusion, we have the possibility of realizing the parts from beginning to end as soon as you are able to provide us with 3D files and precise specifications. If you wish to consult us for the realization of your models in 3D printing do not hesitate to contact us!