About Us

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Our Company

I am a retired mechanical engineer with 40 years of design experience and 15 years as a subject matter expert in Lean Six Sigma manufacturing.  I strive to ensure my customers get the value they are seeking in a printed 3D part

Our Design Software

We own a license to Autodesk Fushion 360 design software because it is capable of creating the kinds of designs our customers ask for.  It is a little more challenging to learn than some of the free design CAD programs out there, but we find the capability worth it.  We can import STEP files if you already have a preliminary design.

Our Printer

We use an Afinia 800 3D Printer

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  • We know how to orient the part for best strength and appearance and minimal post print cleanup

  • Highly rated for ease of use, reliability, and consistent detailed performance with ABS material.

  • 10″ x 8″ x 8″ inch build area (I may be able to make your part in sections if needed to fit the above envelope.)

  • Output accurate to within .10mm (4 thousandths of an inch) in the vertical direction and about .5 mm (.020 inch) in the x and y direction.

  • Material strength varies with print direction, but has been measured it to be about 30% of the strength of injection molded parts.

  • Multitude of color ABS materials available.  See example inventory photo below.

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Why ABS Plastic?

ABS material is a common material used for many commercial and consumer goods.  I guarantee you already have many products in your home made from ABS. (Lego toy blocks are an example.)

PLA material is sometimes used by 3D printers because it is easier to work with but it is not as flexible and will not take high temperatures the way ABS can (124 deg F compared to ABS 179 deg F).  The plastic in your car in Florida can exceed 124 deg F on a hot summer day.

A good design will use the shape and thickness of the material to derive strength and  stiffness.  3DPrinting does not provide equal strength in all directions like subtractive manufacturing or molded parts. That is why I need to understand your application and potential use before orienting the part for build.  My expertise in mechanical engineering can help guide your design to meet your needs.

Low rate production?

If you are currently selling small quantities of your invention and need a supplier, we can help.  Depending on the size and complexity, we can print 10 to 40 parts per month and let you avoid paying for expensive injection molded tooling until you are sure that your market justifies the investment.  We have shipped over 200 of a custom part for one of our customers.