Our 3D Printing Services in Madrid
3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping Solutions in Madrid
TheLink3D, the 3D printing arm of New Skin Design, dedicated to all things 3D Printed, offers a wide range of 3D printing services and solutions for your project needs. For more 3D printing news, follow us on twitter: @thelink3ddotcom.
If you are looking for a reliable and cost effective 3D printing service provider, look no further!
Over the last 10 years, 3D Printing technology has opened up rapid prototyping to the masses. What was once a process reserved for large corporations due to its restrictive costs is now available to everyone.
We specialize in Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) and with our equipment and experienced team, we can bring your ideas to life in days.
Simply speaking, the 3D printing process begins with a 3D or CAD model of the object to be printed. Slicing software is then used to slice the model into thin horizontal layers and this information is outputted in a file format that the 3D printer can read. When a print is started, the head of the 3D printer heats and extrudes plastic filament to form a thin layer of the object’s cross section. This process is repeated by printing layer upon layer until the object is completed.
The advantages of 3D Printing are Cost and Turnaround Time. Prototypes can be made in days and without the need for special tooling. A 3D printed prototype allows for the evaluation of its design. Form, fit and function can be reproduced allowing any design problems to be identified early and resolved before larger scale production.
We currently offer 3D printing solutions in various materials including PLA, ABS, PETG, and Nylon, among others. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages, and we can advise you on which one is best suited to your project.
Below we have outlined the main advantages and disadvantages of the most popular 3D printable materials.
- + The most commonly used filament
- + Easy to print
- + Gives good level of detail, ideal for prototypes
- + Strong
- - Brittle
- + Strong, durable (used for Lego bricks!)
- + Easy to post process parts (joining and smoothing with acetone)
- + Ideal for prototypes requiring mechanical integrity
- - Difficult to print large objects due to warping
- + Almost as easy to print as PLA with better mechanical properties
- + Ideal for prototypes or final use parts
- - Stringing may occur, but can be removed with a heat gun
- + Very tough
- + Good for practical final use parts
- - Hard to print
- - Poor level of detail, not suitable for very detailed parts
- + Ideal for applications that require flexibility
- - Hard to print
Composites (Woodfill, Metalfill, Fluorescent etc.)
- + Usually consisting of PLA combined with a second material
- + Easy to print
- + Impressive looking finishes can be achieved
- - Requires hardened nozzle to print due to abrasive nature
There are many misconceptions about 3D printing, and although it has been a game changer in the rapid prototyping and product design industries, it should be noted that it is rarely just a "click and print" process – there is more going on behind the scenes.
You need a 3D file of the object you want to print. You can provide the file or we can prepare it for you. The 3D model then needs to be analysed to determine the optimal way to print it, for example are there overhangs that need supports?, is a brim needed to improve print bed adhesion?, in what orientation should the object be printed? etc. Print orientation can affect an object’s strength, print time and print quality. The 3D printing process is rarely 100% perfect and failed prints are not uncommom. An object may need to be printed multiple times to get the best result possible.
We go the extra mile to ensure that your 3D print is of the highest quality.
To get started, simply send us your prepared 3D model file for printing, or have us prepare your design using our 3D and Product Design service. We accept 3D files in .STL and .OBJ formats via email or wetransfer.com for larger files.
Contact us today to discuss your project and find out how we can help bring your ideas to life with our high quality 3D printing solutions.