Seneca, PA — The process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model is known as 3D printing. The first working 3D printer was created in 1984 by a company named 3D Systems. The process was called stereolithography and it used a laserbeam to create layers in a vat of liquid materials to form three-dimensional parts.
Matric first utilized this technology around 1996 when it had an external vendor with 3D printing equipment produce prototypes of a currently manufactured enclosure design.
3D printing has advanced over the past 29 years to the point that 3D printed parts are no longer used exclusively for engineering evaluation but are now able to create finished usable parts. Since 2010, the equipment has become much more affordable, as well.
Matric is bringing in house the latest low cost 3D printer technology to help engineering design and invent physical models of products to evaluate the mechanical design before spending money on expensive tooling and mold costs.
The printer is capable of building pieces up to 11.2 L x 6.1 W x 6 H in (12.75 in diagonal) and has a resolution capability of 100 micros layer resolution, which is about a thin as a sheet of paper.
Please contact your Business Development Engineer for more information about this new service at Matric.