A cost-effective solution
for prototypes and small production runs.
We have the ability to emulate rubber-like production materials, and quickly and cheaply develop prototypes.
If you need a low-volume production run, we can print the small run for you at a much lower cost than developing a production tool.
How it works:
The typical situation:
You want a prototype part to test and see if it’s going to work for your application.
This typically takes 6 weeks for a first article, and if it’s sourced in China, you’re looking at 10-12 weeks.
A prototype tool can cost about $1500 to $2000, and the tool can’t be used for production.
A production tool ranges in cost from $2500 to $5000.
In either case, you’re stuck waiting for the production time, and hoping the part was designed correctly by the engineers in the first place. If not, the whole process has to start over again.
A better solution:
Now, we have the ability to quickly and cheaply develop prototypes, using rubber-like production materials.
Simply provide us with your file from 3D CAD, (STL, STEP, IGS, or Solidworks), and your prototype can be ready within 7 working days.
Once you receive your prototype, you can then quickly and easily make changes to your design if needed, and get a revised prototype.
Go to production:
If you need a large-volume production run:
You then can order your production tool with Estco, confident in knowing that the part you designed will work in your application.
If you need a low-volume production run:
You can have us print the small run for you at a much lower cost than developing a production tool.
Choose a material:
Combining dimensional stability and high-detail visualization,
Objet materials are intended to closely resemble the look of the end product. The machines may utilize both rigid and soft materials (even simultaneously).
Objet’s DurusWhite material will simulate a polypropylene, allowing for more bend and flex (snap fits, living hinges, etc.)
Colors: White, Clear, Grey, Black.
Soft Materials (Scale A) Shore: 27, 40, 50, 60, 70, 85, 95.
- Ultra-fine resolution with layers as thin as 16 microns (.0006”)
- Ability to print moving components
- Smooth surface finish, great for painting
- Typical Tolerance: ± 0.005? or ± 0.001?/”
- Net build size: 490 × 390 × 200 mm (19.3 × 15.4 × 7.9 inches)
Fused Deposition Modeling.
The FDM print process works with stronger thermoplastic materials.
For most applications we use ABS for an extremely durable, rugged, functional product.
For high-end applications we use ULTEM 9085 for its heat resistance, flame retardancy, chemical resistance, and astonishing strength.
- Ability to print with true thermoplastic materials
- Produces both concept models and end-use parts
- Great for complex jigs and fixtures that would otherwise need to be machined
- Cost effective for large pieces | 16x14x16 inch build tray
ULTEM 9085 Characteristics
- Heat resistance
- Flame retardant
- Excellent strength
- Dimensional stability
- Great chemical resistance
Direct Metal Laser Sintering.
Utilizing the DMLS process, metal parts of the most complex geometries are built with excellent mechanical properties equivalent to wrought materials.
- Net build size: 250 x 250 x 215 mm (9.85 x 9.85 x 8.5 inches)
- Minimum Feature size = .015’’ or .38 mm
- Minimum wall thickness is .3mm – .4mm or .012” – .014”
- Layer Thickness = 20 or 40 microns
- Typical tolerances are .005″ on 1st inch, .002″ thereafter
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