3D Printing As A Service
Need a design printed up for that hard to obtain part, but don’t want the hassle of maintaining a 3D Printer yourself? We have you covered and can print it for you! NT Connect can print all your designs for you, whether its just standard PLA plastic for something simple or nylon for prints that require that extra sturdiness to get the job done. We focus on extremely fast delivery of prints while not sacrificing on quality.
What Can We Print?
Our printers can print almost anything! Ultimaker’s line of printers are able to print 40+ different kinds of filament, from simple ABS plastic like that found on your smartphone case all the way to industrial grade materials like Nylon and Carbon Fiber. Some of the materials we can print are listed below:
PLA (polylactic acid) is the simplest kind of 3D printing material you can get. It is strong and easy to print, and is also made from renewable sources. PLA Provides an excellent print finish, making it ideal for models or prints that require a high quality final finish. PLA doesn’t stand up to heat very well though, so if you need a prototype part, try Nylon, CPE+ or ABS first.
ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) is found in almost all of today’s commercial products. From simple things like your laptop and TV, all the way to your smartphone and house hold appliances. ABS is a rigid and strong material with a high heat resistance, making it perfect for prototyping or real world use scenarios like automotive or workshops.
CPE + (co-polyester) is a chemical resistant material with high temperature resistant properties. It maintains good dimensional properties during printing and is ideal for prototypes or real world use. We find it great for use in automotive or workshops as a final product, while using ABS for prototyping. Also available in an array of colour options.
Nylon (polyamide) is a high mechanical stress material perfect for 3D printed tools or moving parts. It is also great for objects that require a degree of flexibility while maintaining their dimensions correctly. Nylon isn’t so great with high temperature environments, as it is prone to warping. So consider CPE+ or ABS instead in those use cases.
TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) is a flexible material that has vast uses in industry. Used on things like phone cases and drill clam-shells, TPU is a fantastic material for projects that require flexible joints, bands, and even gaskets due to its chemical resistant properties. We have found great use for it as dampeners between other 3D printed parts for use in the automotive industry.
3D Printing, How Do You Do It?
You send us the design file, we load it up in our Cura Slicing software and check it for errors, once we know it is a good design file, we start the print on one of the Ultimaker printers in our office and advise you when the print is complete! Your prints are monitored constantly to ensure that everything is running smoothly.
Contact us to find out how you can start your very own 3D prints.