ME 3D offers a wide range processes that are suitable for every commercial, industrial, and consumer based application.
All our equipment provides industrial grade accuracy.
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3D Printing

3D Printers use high grade and high-performance thermoplastics, photopolymers, and metals that are historically used in engineering- and manufacturing processes.  With our printers we can produce complex high-requirement parts in a fast and efficient manner while providing flexibility, responsiveness, and control that cannot be obtained with historical manufacturing processes.  All produced parts have a smooth surface finish. ME 3D Offers a Variety of 3D Printing Technologies.


FDM (FFF) Fused Deposition Modelling – is the process of extruding a thermoplastic filament over a heated a extrusion tip and laying down the melted plastic in and organised pattern so as to create functional and usable items.  Following is a list of the materials we work in and typical characteristics and applications for the respective materials.

  • Nylon 12 – combines strength with excellent fatigue properties

    • Is suitable for applications requiring:
      • Repetitive snap fits,
      • High fatigue resistance,
      • Strong chemical resistance
      • Press (friction) fit inserts.
      • Tooling, jigs and fixtures
      • Covers
      • Panels
      • Vibration resistant components
    • Primarily used in:
      • Aerospace
      • Automotive
      • Motorsport
      • Consumer goods
      • Manufacturing of all types
  • Polycarbonate ISO (PC-ISO) – an industrial thermoplastic, which in its raw state, is biocompatible (ISO 10993 USP Class VI) and can be gamma or EtO sterilized.  It is a strong, heat-resistant engineering plastic.
    • Commonly used in:
      • Food and drug packaging
      • Medical device manufacturing
  • ASA (Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate) – ASA is now the most popular all-purpose FDM thermoplastic used for prototyping and for the production of functional end-use components. ASA exceeds the mechanical properties of ABS.

    • Charteristics and Qualities:
      • Provides exceptional UV stability
      • As a thermoplastic it is very strong
      • Available in a wide range of colour and matte finish
      • Offers the best aesthetics of any FDM thermoplastic
      • Ideal for attractive prototypes
    • Uses and Industries:
      • Consumer sporting goods
      • Tools and fixtures
      • Automotive components and accessories.
      • End-use parts
      • Outdoor commercial use
      • Infrastructure use
  • Polycarbonate ABS (PC-ABS) – one of the most extensively used industrial thermoplastics in industry. This is because it contains a combination of properties from both materials both of which have properties that are desirable. PC offers heat resistance. ABS offers flexibility.
    • Industries used in:
      • Automotive
      • Electronics
      • Telecommunications
    • Applications:
      • Conceptual Modelling
      • Functional Prototyping
      • Manufacturing Tools
      • End-use Parts
  • Polycarbonate (PC) – lets engineers and designers combine the speed and agility of 3D printing with the reliability of the most widely used industrial thermoplastics.  PC is a true industrial thermoplastic that creates strong parts that withstand functional testing.

    • Widely used in:
      • automotive
      • aerospace
      • medical
      • coneptual modelling
      • functional prototyping
      • manufacturing tools
      • end-use parts (consumer & industrial)
      • many other applications
    • Offers:
      • accuracy
      • durability
      • stability
      • superior mechanical properties to ABS and a number of other thermoplastics
  • PLA (Polyactic Acid) –  is a bio-plastic derived from corn and is a very popular filament among the “maker crowd” due to its relatively inexpensive price and biodegradability.
    • Characteristics:
      • hard
      • strong
      • low rate of thermal expansion
    • Suitable for:
      • consumer (non-industrial) based applications
      • prototypes
      • functional models not requiring to be able to function under stress or load
      • indoor decorative applications for home and commercial use

Selective Laser Melting (SLM) (Metal 3D Printing) – is an additive manufacturing (AM) or 3D Printing (3DP) technology that utilises a laser beam in a controlled and doped environment to melt and fuse metallic powders together. SLM is a subcategory of the SLS process but differs by that fact that SLM fully melts and fuses the metal powder elements together into a functional solid 3D object where SLS does not.

  • Stainless Steel (CL 20ES) – chemical composition according to 1.4404, X 2 CrNiMo 17 13 2, 316L. CL 20ES is an austenitic stainless steel.
    • Used for Production of:
      • Functional parts
      • Components for pre-production moulds
  • Hot-Work Steel (CL 50WS) – Hot-Work steel 1.2709 powder material for the a wide variety of production applications.
    • Used for:
      • Tool Components and Tool Inserts
      • Injection Mould Inserts with Conformal Cooling Circuits
      • Die-casting Moulds and tools
      • Functional components
  • Aluminium alloy (CL 30AL) – chemical composition CL 30AL according to DIN EN 1706 AlSi12(a), CL 31 AL according to DIN EN 1706 AlSi10Mg.
    • Common aluminium alloys for manufacturing:
      • lightweight components
        • Automotive
        • Aerospace
  • Aluminium alloy (CL 31AL) – chemical Aluminium alloy with chemical composition CL 30AL according to DIN EN 1706 AlSi12(a), CL 31 AL according to DIN EN 1706 AlSi10Mg(b).
    • Common aluminium alloys for manufacturing:
      • lightweight components
        • Automotive
        • Aerospace
        • Medical
  • Aluminium alloy (CL 32AL) – aluminum alloy with a chemical composition CL 32AL.
    • With an appropriate approval CL 32AL can be used for production of:
      • Functional parts
      • Medical instruments (according to DIN EN 1706 AlSi10Mg(b))
  • Titanium alloy Ti6Al4V (CL 41TI ELI) – chemical composition et al. according to ASTM F136-02a (ELI Grade 23).
    • CL 41TI ELI is a titanium alloy for the production of lightweight components in:
      • Motorsport
      • Aerospace
      • Medical Implants
      • Medical technology

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) – is an additive manufacturing (AM) technique that utilises a laser as the motivating agent to bond or SINTER the powdered material together. Typically, this process is used with Nylon or Polyamide materials. This process differs from SLM due to the fact that it only sinters and does not melt or bond the particles together albeit the process produces sound and functional components

Material: DuraForm PA Plastic

Industries

  • Motorsports
  • Aerospace
  • many others

Applications:

  • Housing and enclosures
  • Impellers and connectors
  • Consumer sporting goods
  • Vehicle dashboards and grilles
  • Snap-fit designs
  • Medical applications requiring USP Class VI compliance, or biocompatibility
  • Complex, thin-wall ductwork
  • Functional prototypes that approach end-use performance properties

 

Characteristics:

  • Produces durable end-use parts without tooling
  • Excellent surface resolution and feature detail
  • Creates accurate and repeatable parts as demanded by manufacturers
  • Easy to post-process and finish
  • Parts requiring machining or joining with adhesives
  • Machinable and paintable for demonstration parts
  • Compliant with USP Class VI testing
  • Compatible with autoclave sterilization
  • Good chemical resistance and low moisture absorption
  • Appropriate for low-volume to mid-volume rapid manufacturing
  • Nicely balanced mechanical properties and processability
  • Builds prototypes that withstand functional testing

 


Stereolithography (SLA) – is an additive process that employs photopolymers which are activated by a CNC controlled light source. The light source used in tandem with a build plate that gradually sinks into a tub of photopolymers in coordination with the light source. This process is highly accurate and produces items with an excellent surface finish but produces components that primarily limited to prototyping applications.

Material:  Accura 60

Applications
• Great for investment casting patterns
• Headlamps
• Bottles
• Transparent assemblies
• Prototyping
• Making a master model for vacuum casting
• Very good for making “Quick Cast” models for investment casting



LDT – Laser Deposition Technology

Laser Deposition Technology (LDT) is an additive manufacturing/3D printing variant used for manufacturing components, repairing high value components typical scrapped when damaged and is also used for free-form manufacturing, or enhancing critical surfaces by depositing a allow onto the surface of the component.

Laser Freeform Manufacturing (LFMT) – this process starts with a build plate and deposits the chosen allowing patterns to be controlled by CNC tool path commands producing a fully function part once completed. This process falls more in line with traditional 3D Printing (3DP) / Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes.

Laser Repair (LRT) – deposits and alloy into a precise worn or damaged area to allow for the repair of the damaged areas and/or surfaces resurrecting components that were historically scrapped.

Laser Cladding (LCT) – used to deposit an alloy that is conducive to the substrate and enhances the chemical and mechanical properties of the surface.

Commonly Used Alloys for all LDT Processes

Titanium Alloys

  • Ti-6Al-4VCP TI
  • Steel Alloys
  • 304 SS
  • 316 SS
  • 410 SS
  • 13-8
  • 15-5
  • 17.4
  • H13
  • S7
  • Invar 36

Nickel Alloys

  • CP Nickel
  • Inconel 617
  • Inconel 625
  • Inconel 718
  • Inconel 722
  • Haynes 230
  • Haynes 188
  • Hastelloy X
  • Monel K500
  • Cobalt Alloys
  • Stellite 6
  • Stellite 21
  • Cobalt-Chromium
  • Tungsten Carbide
  • WC-Ni
  • WC-Co

***** Not all possible materials are listed. Many more are available and in development.

Repair Applications for LCT

  • Bearing surfaces on shafts
  • Seal surfaces on shafts
  • Coupler surfaces on shafts
  • High-speed shafts
  • Atomiser Shafts – Electrical Power Generation Plants
  • Coal Pulverisers
  • Oil Field Bearings
  • Horizontal Boring Mills
  • Coupler Gears
  • Trunnion Shafts
  • Drag Line Swing Shafts
  • Heavy Duty Fan Shafts

Freeform Manufacturing Applications for LCT

  • Exhaust Ducts
  • Piping and Ducting
  • Cases with Flanges and Bosses
  • Combustor Components
  • Blades and Aereofoils
  • Vane Packs and Stators
  • Manifolds
  • Heat Shields
  • Cooling Channels

Laser Deposition Technology (LDT) can solve many problems that can occur due to excessive wear of components in the field. Contact ME 3D to discuss your application and potential options to save you money.


Conformal Cooling Design and Manufacturing

Contact ME 3D to arrange for a FREE Conformal Cooling Free Analysis

The overall cycle time for an injection moulding process is comprised of 70% cooling time on average.  Conformal cooling reduces cycle times and deficiencies during the moulding process.

 

Conformal Cooling is design strategy implemented when designing injection mould inserts and has been revolutionised in the last 3 to 5 years by 3D Printing (also called Additive Manufacturing(AM)).

Traditional moulding processes now benefit from the 3D printing because with AM moulding inserts can now be designed and manufactured with cooling passageways which follow the shape or profile of the mould core or cavity.  The cooling passages are technically name Conformal Cooling Circuits.  Injection Mould Cooling Circuits have been implemented in the past but have been bored into the mould inserts in a linear fashion.  Linear cooling circuits are just that, linear, and the distance along the cooling circuit and between the mould core or cavity is in turn not consistent and creates cooling dead spots which leads to imperfections in the moulding and cooling process and related imperfections in the finished moulded product.

Deficiencies that can Occur in the Injection Moulding Process

  • Flow Lines
  • Sink Marks
  • Vacuum Voids
  • Surface Delamination
  • Weld Lines
  • Short Shots
  • Warping
  • Burn Marks
  • Jetting
  • Flash

To determine what effect Conformal Cooling will have on a injection moulded product analyse can be carried out using a combination of people, software, hardware, and manufacturing systems.  The analysis demonstrates how the injection moulding process can be modified by implementing conformal cooling channels with end results being the elimination of defects, moulding process deficiencies, and reduced cycle times.  Typically, a concise report is provided including what deficiencies and defects will be avoided and also what improvements in cycle time should be experienced.


3D Scanning

Our Comet L3D 8MP is manufactured by a manufacturer based in Germany, Zeiss Industrial Metrology. It is a professional 3D scanner equipped with a high-performance 3D sensor which uses innovative structured blue LED lighting 3D scanning technology.  The sensor produces highly accurate 3D data clusters and is the ideal solution for producing fast and super high quality results without compromising quality of data.  With this professional 3D scanner ME 3D can perform control/inspection, mould and tool making, rapid manufacturing and 3D printing, reverse engineering and archaeology functions.


3D Design and CAD

Designing a 3D Digital File is a technical and complex process.  Many firms have technical staff that can effectively and efficiently create a file that will produce a fantastic 3D Print.  But when you or your firm do not have the time or resources you can turn to ME 3D to assist you in these processes.  In every situation if you wish to have an item 3D Printed you will need to have a 3D Digital file in an acceptable file format.

Manage a design project from concept to print:   If you have a sketch and some rough details you can sit with our designer in order to convey your idea to them.  After the initial session they will get to work and create a digital design that they can present to you so you can review the design and discuss adjustments to the design.   Once you and the designer have take the design to your desired state the item can be 3D Printed.  Please contact us  to discuss the details of your project and we will provide an offer for the complete project from inception to delivery of your model or functional part.


Plasma Cutting – CNC

We can process a large variety of metals and alloys with our CNC plasma operations.  This process is highly accurate and can produce complex shapes in 2D form.  CNC Plasma cutting is perfect for industrial, signage, or craft applications.  We can cut up to 25 mm thick mild steel.  If you have a 2D model you wish to have quoted, please send it to our info@metal-elvis.com address and we will promptly return with a quote.  If you need assistance with the design phases of your project, please let us know and we can assist you by taking the process from start to completion.

 


Machining – CNC Milling and Turning

In collaboration with our 3D Design capabilities we offer CNC Milling and CNC Turning as a rapid service.  There are certain situations where CNC Machining is more cost effective and efficient as 3D Printing.  (This will change in a few years!!).  In an effort to provide our customers with a full spectrum of services we include CNC Machining as a service.

You can provide your CAD data to us and we can quote you on the CNC processing of that component.  We can machine all metal no matter if it is a high-grade engineering grade metal or a standard metal we are able to do the job for you.

 


Routing of Wood and Plastic – CNC

CNC routing of a wood, plastic, and other materials is possible in a 3D CNC process.   We produce items for industry, sign makers, cabinet makers, and hobbyists.  Not job is too big or too small.   If you have a 2D model you wish to have quoted, please send it to our info@metal-elvis.com address and we will promptly return with a quote.  If you need assistance with the design phases of your project, please let us know and we can assist you by taking the process from start to completion.

 


Vibratory Finishing

Vibratory Finishing or Mass finishing is a process by which the surface of an object is modified or smooth to obtain a desired smoothness or texture.  It can also be used for deburring, radisusing edges, smoothing surfaces, polishing surfaces, or removing surface grease either one by one or in mass quantities.

The vibratory machine uses a wide variety of different medias to obtain varying goals.  The individual kernels of media come in a wide variety of shapes are made from a wide variety of materials dependent upon the task at hand.  The media kernels can be made from ceramic, glass, plastic, polyester, walnuts, corn, kitty litter, and a vast variety of other compounds.  The media is usual mixed with a finishing compound and after the process is completed it is rinsed.

 


Portal / Virtual Warehouse

Gone are the days of needing to hold spares in your warehouse waiting for the event where a customer calls desperation looking for a a spare from a product from 15 years ago.  There is no further need order overruns of spares and then hold them in your spares area for legacy products.

You can upload your digital files to our Portal, define and the necessary specifications for that part, and when the need arrives order the component along with the required delivery address and ME 3D will label the packaging as if it came directly from your warehouse.

If you do have digital 3D Files for your legacy parts that is not a problem.  ME 3D with can scan all necessary parts into a digital file and load them onto our Portal so that you can then in turn define all necessary specifications.  You or your customer will received a highly accurate component on demand each and every time.

Contact ME 3D to discuss how we can save your company money, increase your available working capital, and allow you to provide exception customer service in a timeless manner.

Please let us know and we can assist you by taking the process from start to completion.

 


Post Processing

ME 3D can post process any component that we produce no matter if it is metal, alloy, wood, plastic or any other material.  Such processes as vibratory finishing, spray painting, powder painting, chroming, polishing, anodising, metalizing, plating, and many others are offered.  Contact ME 3D to discuss the specifics of your project.  We can take your project successfully from start to finish.