3D Printing. Silicone.
3D Printing & rapid prototyping in Silicone with a new British 3D Printing technology.
The silicone service is currently unavailable while the next evolution of the system is developed. We expect to be able to offer Silicone again mid to late 2017
If you are interested in becoming an investor in the project let us know and we can put you in touch with the development team.
In the mean time please see the Rubber Like section for 3d printing in flexible materials.
A NEW addition to our 'Strong & Durable' service, our Silicone based 3D printing service gives you another 'real' material in which to produce your designs and is based on new technology currently under development.
Silicone offers you many advantages as a material including excellent stretch and elasticity, consistent mechanical properties through a wide temperature range (Below freezing to above the melting point of other thermoplastics), and you can choose medical & food grade material options. In addition it's a material that can be steralised at high temperature .
A key benefit to designers is that it allows for unsupported geometries without the need for a separate support material. This makes the 3D Printing of geometries such as flexible 'bladder' type designs with narrow apertures a realistic proposition.
Our 3D Printing in Silicone service is via a new 3d printing technology that's under development by a team of crack British designers and is based on 3D Printing 2 part RTV (Room temperature vulcanization) polymers.
Real Silicone. Strength & Durability.
Our Silicone 3D printing is part of our 'Strong and Durable' service and ideal for rapid prototyping, pre production and production parts & models where strength and durability are required. 3D Printing in Silicone gives your parts:
- Smooth surface finish.
- Aesthetically pleasing look and feel.
- Wall thicknesses and Individual details down to 0.8mm.
- High levels of accuracy & dimensional stability.
- Strength & Durability with robust material properties.
- Build volume: 150 x 100 x 30mm (Subject to change as the process develops).
Silicone. Material Properties.
Key properties for our Silicone 3D Printed material:
- Silicone material built in 0.1mm layers.
- Temperature Range of -30 to 250°c.
- Shore A Value: Choose Shore A = 10 or Shore A = 40
- Typical accuracy +/- 0.1mm depending on design, geometry and build orientation.
- Colours: Clear or Black.
Please keep in mind that 3D Printing in Silicone is still in development and details may change.
Examples of work. Silicone.
Excellent mechanical properties.
Good detail and surface finish.
3D Printed Materials
OUR CLIENTS SAY
"Easy to communicate with, responsive with technical feedback and excellent work. I am happy to recommend you to others."
"Our customer in France wanted some 3D printed models for testing prior to ordering expensive mould tools. 3D Alchemy quoted, manufactured and delivered within 2 weeks. Highly recommend."