In3D helps create customized products from a variety of materials and colours using several different technologies. In3D can:
- Create customized products that are difficult or expensive to make with traditional methods.
- Help save time and money by making a product faster and at a lower cost than other manufacturing processes.
- Create rapid prototypes to help test and improve a design before making a final product.
- Extend the useful life of older equipment by manufacturing replacement parts that are no longer available.
- Customize or improve existing equipment to improve function or efficiency.
- Reduce environmental impact by making products closer to where they are used.
Our capabilities include 3D printing, 3D scanning, CNC milling, laser engraving and cutting, and design.
3D printing is a method for making physical objects from digital models by adding material in thin layers. You can find 3D models on our site, online, or create your own using software like AutoCAD. The process starts with a digital model of the object you want to print, slicing the model into thin layers, and printing each layer by depositing material on top of the previous one. There are different types of 3D printing methods. In3D uses two: FDM and SLA. FDM deposits layers of thermoplastic to build a model; SLA fuses layers of liquid resin into a solid model.
3D scanning is a way of making a digital copy of a real object, such as a statue, a car, or a person, by using a device that can measure its shape and appearance. 3D scanning can help create a 3D model of the object that you can use for different purposes, such as printing. A 3D scanner that can capture the data of the object by using different methods, including laser range detection, light, or photography.
A common use for 3D scanning is to build a model of a broken or replacement part. Once the part is digitized, it can be used in CAD software to form a new, repaired, or improved design that can be 3D printed.
Laser Engraving and Cutting
Laser engraving and cutting are ways of making designs or shapes from different materials by using a laser that emits a powerful beam of light. Laser engraving is the process of changing the surface of a material by burning, melting, or vaporizing it to create a pattern, image, or text. Laser cutting is the process of cutting through a material by using the laser beam as a knife. These methods are used to make products such as jewellery, signs, art, models, gears, and more. The process starts with a digital layout of the desired shape, and then uses software to create instructions for the machine.
CNC milling is a way of making shapes from hard materials like wood, metal, plastic, or stone by using a computer-controlled machine that moves a cutting tool along the surface of the material. CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control, which means that the machine follows a set of instructions based on numbers and coordinates. CNC routing is useful for making products that require precise and regular cuts, such as signs, mouldings, furniture, and art. The process starts with a digital model of the desired shape, and then uses software to convert the model into instructions for the machine.
Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
CAD uses a computer program to create or modify a design of something. CAD can be used for making designs of objects, buildings, machines, or anything else that needs to be drawn or modelled. CAD can help make a design more accurate, detailed, and easy to share. CAD can also help analyze a design for performance, strength, or efficiency.