Product Design | Prototyping | Manufacturing London

In order to gain a complete understanding of your product and its features and benefits, a prototype is essential. At LUMA-iD we offer a cost-effective 3D printing service that works in conjunction with your prototype development and gives life to your concept so you can streamline the product until it reaches your expectations. Depending on the individual requirements of your concept, our team utilise a number of core 3D printing techniques to translate your idea from paper into reality. We are seen as one of the leading providers of Prototyping in London thanks to our implementation of tools such as SLS, SLA, FMA and Polyjet printing.

SLS PRINTING

Applications: Working prototypes, part strengthening, architectural models, complex scale models and medical parts

✓    Detailed and high-quality print

✓    Smooth surface finish

✓    No need for additional support when print overhangs

SLS printing uses a print bed covered with a white nylon powder. Certain areas of the print bed are melted by a laser to ‘colour in’ the areas required for printing. The layer drops by 0.1mm before being re-coated for another layer of print. This creates far fewer visible layer lines compared to other prints. The surface can be polished to create a smooth texture and the white nylon can also be dyed or painted, if required.

SLA PRINTING

Applications: Anatomical models, large investment cast patterns, lightweight concept models, urethane casting patterns

✓    High resolution parts with a smooth surface finish

✓    Offers great design flexibility

✓    Creates accurate moulds ideal for mass production

Commonly used for additive manufacturing, SLA printing creates the desired 3D shape via a laser that hardens liquid resin inside of a reservoir. Layer-by-layer, photosensitive liquid is essentially turned into solid plastic through use of a low-power laser and photo-polymerisation. If you are looking for prototyping in London talk to our team to see if this is the solution for you.

FDM PRINTING

ApplicationsManufacturing aids, low volume production parts, Jigs and fixtures, functional prototypes

✓    Cost-effective and high quality

✓    Range of colours and materials available

✓    Able to withstand heat, chemicals and mechanical stress

When FDM printing is used, it requires a thermoplastic material to be forced out after reaching melting point, which then allows it to create a 3D shape layer-by-layer. Once each layer is completed, the printer nozzle is lowered to allow the next plastic layer to be added. It also uses a ‘scaffolding’ material during the process to help with stabilisation and once the object has been created, the supporting materials can be removed.

Polyjet

ApplicationsPresentation models, flexible rubber-like models, prototypes for fittings, valves and parts with complex interior features

✓    Creates complex shape and details

✓    Prints a variety of material properties and colours

✓    Allows for production of flexible buttons and grips

Polyjet printing works by solidifying thousands of photopolymer droplets that have been jetted onto a build platform by using a UV light. In some regards it is comparable to standard ink jet printing and is widely regarded as one of the fastest and most accurate 3D printing technologies available today, making it perfect for use with prototype development.

 

CONTACT US ABOUT YOUR PROTOTYPING REQUIREMENTS

 

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+44 (0) 20 8692 2873

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Weekdays: 9am – 5pm

Weekends: Closed