Rapid Prototyping/3D PRINTING
Cost effective Additive Manufacturing/Rapid Prototyping with Buck allows for faster fabrication of tangible products using 3D modeling.
Buck Company’s Rapid Prototyping services offer benefits that result in:
- Quick and effective communication of design concepts
- Correcting errors and making improvements early in the design process
- Confirmation of your design’s fit, form and function
- More design flexibility, which allows for quick configuration changes
- Fewer design flaws to support the best possible production part
- Proves to be the most cost effective way to design
What is Additive Manufacturing?
Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a technology most closely associated with Rapid Prototyping. It is the process of taking a design from a 3D Modeling software such as Solidworks or computer aided design (CAD) software to an actual physical product. A 3D printer reads the data from the 3D model or CAD Model and builds the physical product using continuous layers of liquid media, powder or sheet material.
Standard file extensions such as , STEP, STL, and igs file format are used, to interpret from the CAD software to the 3D printer. Some 3D models can be produced in a few minutes to few hours, to a few days; all depending on complexity. Size and quantity of parts printed also play a factor in lead time.
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Buck Company provides 3D printed parts using UV cured resin and Unfilled nylon 12 materials.
UV Cured Resin
- UV cured resin begins as a liquid. The 3D printer uses ultra violet light to cure the material allowing it to solidify.
- Highly accurate details
- Smoothest surface finish
- Highest resolution
- Fastest print speeds
- Can be machined
*****Prolonged exposure to UV light, over time, may cause product to warp or deteriorate.
Unfilled Nylon 12
- Unfilled nylon 12 begins as a powder. A laser is used to sinter (bind) the powdered molecules into a shape.
- Surface quality
*****Material has a melting point of 187° C
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- Contact us if you have any questions. 1-717-284-0234 or at Castingsolutions@buckcompany.com
- Submit your RFQ including 2D Print and 3D Model to Castingsolutions@buckcompany.com. If you do not have a 3D model Buck can turn your 2D drawing into a 3D model for a small fee.
- We will contact you to set up a design review.
- After the design review we will supply you with a quote for your prototypes.
- If you wish to proceed a PO is submitted and we begin.
- We will submit to you a 3D model for approval.
- Once approved we transition your project to the 3D printers and away we go.
- Once Finished parts pass our internal inspection they will be shipped to you.
- Now that you’re ready for production, your finalized 3D model will be combined with solidification software that helps determine the most efficient tool configuration needed to create quality castings. Buck Company can produce your permanent tooling with our 3-axis vertical Haas CNC. Our in-house pattern shop help to reduce sample lead times which allows us to get your projects into production quickly.
- A Sheffield Cordax 1808-MDCC MEA coordinate measuring machine is used to check the dimensional accuracy of a master sample, production patterns, core boxes and castings if need be.
- A sample lot of your castings will be made and then compared to the approved drawing and submitted either raw or complete for approval. ISR or PPAP documentation can be provided with the samples for a separate fee.
- After your approval of the samples, we are ready to begin production.
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