3D Printing Services

Like thousands of high-profile companies, well known names like Ford and Fender use rapid prototyping before sending new product ideas.  At J&L, we provide 3D printing services to help manufactures prototype, test, invent, implement, and more. Take a look at the ways we can use our two 3D printers to increase the speed, efficiency, repeatability, and accuracy of your production. 

Advantages of 3D Printing

  • Product Planning & Visualization

    Drawings are helpful during the first iteration of developing a new product, but after those initial sketches, engineers, product designers, and employers like to see something in 3D. Something that closely resembles the final product. Something they can touch. Rapid prototyping fulfills that need and gives product designers the opportunity to spot some preventable flaws before placing a full production order. 

  • Proof of Concept and Presentations

    When presenting new ideas to C-levels and investors, there’s nothing better than showing up with a strong prototype. This allows everyone in the pitch room to accurately visualize the product that’s being described before making an investment decision, eliminating uncertainty that may cause them to back away instead of moving forward. 

  • Speed

    Like the name suggests, rapid prototyping is fast. Once we receive a CAD file, we can create your prototype within a speedy turnaround time.

  • Cost Efficient

    Because prototyping allows product designers to spot and fix early design flaws, rapid prototyping is a leading way for businesses to save money and use their funds wisely during product development and R&D. The cost of developing a prototype with 3D printing ranges depending on the need, but we can provide customized quotes upon request

Formlabs Form 2 SLA

Printing Type: Stereolithography (SLA)

Peel Mechanism: Sliding Peel Process with wiper

Resin Fill System: Automated

Build Volume:   145 x 145 x 175 mm (5.7 x 5.7 x 6.9 in)

Layer thickness: 25, 50, 100 microns (0.001, 0.002, 0.004 inches)

Laser Spot Size: 140 microns (0.0055 inches)

 

Inspection Fixtures 

Most manufactured products go through a dimensional inspection as part of a company’s quality assurance procedure. During this process, a product or object must be set in a position for the machine or person to measure. While some companies place the product in whatever position is most convenient, others take their testing a step further and create a fixture that hold the part in the same location every time. This reduces inspection setup times and improves the repeatability of the inspection when high quantities are being inspected. 3D printing allows for these fixtures to be created for a fraction of the time and cost needed for traditional fixture creation.

Jigs and Templates

Like fixtures, jigs and templates also increase accuracy and efficiency on repetitive work. Jigs secure a part in a fixed position so machines can reliably drill and cut at the right, consistent locations.  J&L currently uses inspection templates that allow our finishing team to perform in process inspections to ensure they are finishing parts accurately.

3D printing allows us to create custom designed tools to fit your part exactly. In doing so, you can increase consistency when your machine is cutting or drilling on the part. This is advantageous for quality assurance and repeatability on the production line.

Prototypes

Once a design is complete, an organization may want to see a physical representation of the part.  3D printing is a quick, cost efficient method to accomplish this goal.

Props 

When you think of theater and film, 3D printing probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But yes, 3D printed probs have infiltrated the entertainment industry. Costumes, set design, and all kind of other props have been 3D printed for famous films. With a big imagination and a design for the 3D printer to follow, almost anything can be developed in the 3D printing workshop. 

3D Systems Projet MJP 2500 IC

3d Wax

Printing Type: Liquid Jetting

Resin Fill System: Automated

Build Volume:   294 x 210 x 142 mm (11.6 x 8.3 x 5.6 in)

Layer thickness: 42 microns (0.0017 in)

Uses: Wax Investment Casting Patterns

Wax Investment Casting Patterns 

When trying to create accurate casts for smaller parts, there’s no better process than wax investment casting. Wax investment casting is ideal for small, intricate parts that need specific, accurate outcomes.

Creating Wax Investment Patterns

Using 3D printed wax patterns for the investment casting process eliminates the need for costly tooling, reduces lead times, and improves part repeatability.

In short, the process goes like this:

- You create a design for your new part
- We print a replica of the part in wax
- The wax replica is dipped in a ceramic slurry, which hardens to create a shell around it
- The wax is melted out, leaving you with a precise mold
- You're now able to use the mold to create the actual part.