3D printing service and engineering design at affordable prices.
Just call us at 815-873-7066 and ask to talk to one of our 3D Print Engineers. We have four 3D printers that are available 24/7. We print in all of the major 3D file formats and can normally ship within a couple of days.
We offer numerous styles of materials including PLA Plastic, Nylon, Flexible Filament, PETG, ABS and different styles and colors of high-resolution Resin. Our in-stock materials are growing on a regular basis, you can go to our materials page to see what we carry in stock on a regular basis. Also, if you don’t see it on our material page we can always acquire it.
Let us model your idea and put it in a 3D format. We can modify an existing part, help to replace a broken part, or help you design your prototype. Your idea can be designed in CAD software and it will be ready to 3D Print. We can print your design or just send you the file so you can have it printed anywhere. Call us, e-mail us, or stop in for a personal meeting and we can show you our equipment and examples of what we can do for you. We are conveniently located just minutes off I-90 and I-39 in Rockford, Illinois. – 425 Manufacturing, 5004 27th Ave., Rockford, IL 61109
SLA PHOTO GALLERY
Stereolithography is an additive manufacturing process that, in its most common form, works by focusing an ultraviolet (UV) laser on to a vat of photopolymer resin. With the help of computer aided manufacturing or computer-aided design (CAM/CAD) software, the UV laser is used to draw a pre-programmed design or shape on to the surface of the photopolymer vat. Photopolymers are sensitive to ultraviolet light, so the resin is photochemically solidified and forms a single layer of the desired 3D object. Then, the build platform lowers one layer and a blade recoats the top of the tank with resin. This process is repeated for each layer of the design until the 3D object is complete. Completed parts must be washed with a solvent to clean wet resin off their surfaces.It is also possible to print objects “bottom up” by using a vat with a transparent bottom and focusing the UV or deep-blue polymerization laser upward through the bottom of the vat. An inverted stereolithography machine starts a print by lowering the build platform to touch the bottom of the resin-filled vat, then moving upward the height of one layer. The UV laser then writes the bottom-most layer of the desired part through the transparent vat bottom. Then the vat is “rocked”, flexing and peeling the bottom of the vat away from the hardened photopolymer; the hardened material detaches from the bottom of the vat and stays attached to the rising build platform, and new liquid photopolymer flows in from the edges of the partially built part. The UV laser then writes the second-from-bottom layer and repeats the process. An advantage of this bottom-up mode is that the build volume can be much bigger than the vat itself, and only enough photopolymer is needed to keep the bottom of the build vat continuously full of photopolymer. This approach is typical of desktop SLA printers, while the right-side-up approach is more common in industrial systems. Stereolithography requires the use of supporting structures which attach to the elevator platform to prevent deflection due to gravity, resist lateral pressure from the resin-filled blade, or retain newly created sections during the “vat rocking” of bottom up printing. Supports are typically created automatically during the preparation of CAD models and can also be made manually. In either situation, the supports must be removed manually after printing.Other forms of stereolithography build each layer by LCD masking, or using a DLP projector.
FDM PHOTO GALLERY
Fused deposition modeling FDM process that uses a continuous filament of a material. Filament is fed from a large coil through a moving, heated printer extruder head, and is deposited on the growing work. The print head is moved under computer control to define the printed shape. Usually the head moves in two dimensions to deposit one horizontal plane, or layer, at a time; the work or the print head is then moved vertically by a small amount to begin a new layer. The speed of the extruder head may also be controlled to stop and start deposition and form an interrupted plane without stringing or dribbling between sections. “Fused filament fabrication” was coined by the members of the project to give a phrase that would be legally unconstrained in its use, given trademarks covering “fused deposition modeling”.