3D Printing

3D printing is used to produce prototypes and/or low production parts without the time or expense of tooling.  This allows engineers and designers to quickly get their hands on actual parts to prove out and test a design for form and fit before committing to expensive tooling.  3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is a process where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes to produce a solid three dimensional object of virtually any shape from a digital model.

3D Printing, Asheville Thermoform Plastics, Asheville, NC
3D Printing, Asheville Thermoform Plastics, Asheville, NC

At Asheville Thermoform Plastics, we use a Dimension 1200es Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3-D printer. Our printer can produce parts up to 10″ x 10″ x 12″ with a precision of ±.005″ and a resolution or layer thickness of .010″ or .013″. The parts are printed using an ABS/PC blend material. The ABS/PC blend is a thermoplastic material that is available in a multiple of colors and has excellent strength and impact specifications:

  • Tensile Strength 5,300 psi
  • Elongation Strength 3.0%
  • Flexural Stress 7600 psi
  • IZOD Impact, Notched 2.0 ft-lb/in
  • Heat Deflection 204° F

Just provide us with a 3D model in .stl format and you will have parts within a few days!

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