3D printing is perfectly suited to manufacturing highly customised or limited runs of parts and final products.

Digital manufacturing, as it is also known, enables our clients in many different industries to build parts and products without needing to invest in tooling, die casting, setting up traditional manufacturing systems or machining. The potential of 3D printing to add complexity or lower part count can make this route even more cost effective.

We can build parts in exceptionally strong and light materials with excellent definition. You can design in functionality from the start, building features such as screw threads, oil ways and sealing grooves into the component, and eliminating the need for post machining processes. We can also seal parts to make them airtight, chemical or water-resistant.

The flexibility of 3D printing allows designers a lot of freedom and enables them to build bespoke versions of parts for different applications or markets.

Because parts can be built in strong materials with excellent definition, their functionality can be designed-in from the outset – with screw threads, oil ways and sealing grooves for example, all being built in to the component at source, with no need for post machining processes.

HOW MUCH WILL manufacturing an end-use part cost?

The cost to build a fully functional part is generally determined by the size of the model, not its complexity. As an example, an iPhone sized model would cost around £30, whereas an iPad-sized part would be £240.