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3D Printing

Companies can Print Your Own Parts for Design, Prototype, and Production.

3D Printing

With today's technology, you can capture something from your imagination with software and then literally print your imagination. And while 3D printing can be used for fun, we focus on the more creative and practical realities and uses of 3D printers.

The ability to print 3D objects and designs in-house can help with innovation and transforming manufacturing processes to become more efficient.

Choosing the right 3D printer isn't easy. There are a range of sizes and capabilities. Is fused deposition the right method? Or will selective laser sintering (SLS) or stereolithography better suit?

We guide our customers to the right 3D printer for their needs. Whether you need plastic or metal models, we have the right device for you.

We start by focusing on what you need – are you printing concepts, prototypes, or production parts? From there, we help you find the right device.

Build 3D printed concept models in your office
Use 3D verification models to test out your product before production
A 3D Printer allows you to bring your 3D printing processes in house.

Bringing a 3D printing capability in-house for your business:

  • Speeds prototyping for parts and models
  • Gives you control over testing multiple prototypes
  • Helps to minimize error and risk
  • In manufacturing environments, allows you to replace worn out or broken parts onsite to get production moving again quickly

Three Common Uses of 3D Printers

3D printing can help your business. Here are the most common uses:

Concept Models: Turn your design concepts into reality. Compare multiple concepts simply and easily to evaluate what works best.
Verification Models: Once you have your design, print a few models to verify that the design will work in the real world.
Pre-Production Models: Similar in quality to final units and useful for final testing and evaluation before moving to a production unit.

Selecting a 3D Printer – What You Need to Know

3D printers come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and capabilities. We'll help you decide which printer is right for you. Here are five attributes of 3D printers we help you understand and translate into how they will help your Las Vegas - Los Angeles business:

  1. File to Finished Part Speed
    Speed isn't always important, but you need to understand that different makes and models have different speeds – and that speed isn't just a mechanical function. File to finish speed includes build preparation, the 3D printer print speed, post-processing time, and finishing time (if needed).

  2. Part Cost
    What's included in the quote for the cost to print a part? It varies from manufacturer to manufacturer and makes it difficult to have an apples to apples comparison.

  3. Accuracy
    You want parts that are accurate on the first print, not the second or third. As parts increase in complexity, will the printer be able to output the part accurately?

  4. Print Capacity
    Can the 3D printer you're considering print the parts you need?

  5. Color
    Does color matter?

You should ask questions before searching for a 3D printer. Here are six common ones:
    1. What is the application you're looking to print? Will this be for prototype or production purposes?
    2. What type of material is needed? Will this be monochrome or full color?
    3. What are the dimensions? Can this be printed in parts as well?
    4. What type of finish are you looking for?
    5. What is your budget?
    6. Ask for a benchmark print before buying.

Learn more by reading 6 Questions You Need to Ask When Buying a 3D Printer.

We're With You Every Step of the Way

You don't just buy a 3D printer when you choose AIS. We walk you through every step of the purchase (beginning with are you looking for a printer in the design, prototype, or production phases) so that the 3D printer is the right one for you. We ensure that your equipment is capable of printing the application you want to print.

After the sale, we don't just disappear. We're here to support you. Our in-house technicians can answer many service calls within hours. We also have most of the 3D printers we sell in our demo room. If you have issues, we can help troubleshoot and sometimes even help with printing the part for you.

Contact our offices today to schedule a meeting with our staff.