Here at 3D Folkes, we do all we can to ensure you’re getting the best 3D printing service. You can rely on our 3D printing expertise to help develop your ideas into reality. Whether you’re creating prototypes for product development, accurate models to check a parts fit before investing heavily in tooling or small production runs, we can adapt our 3D printing know-how to suit your needs.
We offer 3D printing from both FDM and SLA 3D printers as well as SLS machines to guarantee you’re getting the exact product you want and as a manufacturing partner of 3D Hubs, the worlds largest network of manufacturing services, we're a brand you can be confident that you can trust. These printers offer different styles and benefits which need to be considered in the final printing stages; we can discuss with you which 3D printer is best suited to your specific requirements then use our wealth of knowledge to recommend the most effective path for your design.
Fused Deposition Modelling
This 3D printing process is the most common and widely used process due to its low cost and fast design, FDM is recommended for rapid prototyping or for the testing of products. To help you distinguish which 3D printing service is appropriate for you, we have compiled the basic comparison characteristics:
Fast print speed
Equipped to deal with large models – up to 750mm x 750mm x 500mm
Good for production runs
Uses layers of plastic to achieve a 3D printed object
- A larger choice of colours and RECYCLED materials including:
- ASA (similar properties to ABS with UV resistance)
- Carbon Fibre
The SLA printing process is more complex than FDM however this can be its most attractive and unattractive feature as it offers more detail, but at a slower rate. This 3D printing process should be used when you require high precision and a smooth finish to your product – if detail is a priority SLA is the way to go. As well as standard resins, we’re also able to produce parts in flexible, durable, castable and high temp resins as well.
Good for creating casting moulds to be used in mass-production
Higher dimensional accuracy
Uses a laser to harden liquid resin to be formed into layers
Can be brittle unless using the tougher resins
Much smoother finish
Selective Laser Sintering
Where SLA printers use a laser to cure a resin, SLS printers use a laser to fuse a powder in the form of Nylon as well as other materials like different metals.
- Much stronger than FDM and SLA
- Grainy surface
- Doesn’t require support material so no support removal marks
- Capable of producing more complex geometries than other methods
- Good for small production runs
Benefits of 3D Printing
3D printing is still relatively new. The main benefit of having local 3D printing services so easily available is that it allows both amateur and professional designers to produce 3D models; rather than just manufacturers. This gives everyone the freedom to create, due to local 3D printing being:
Low in cost
Easily accessible – having 3D printing on your doorstep makes it much more efficient
Speedy – our orders are completed within 1-2 days
Customizable – you gain complete design freedom
Easier to recycle– opting for local 3D printing means you’re in control of material use
Fewer raw materials wasted than in mass manufacturing
Why Choose 3D Folkes?
We pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality of 3D printing; orders are completed as fast as possible, on average within 1-2 days – perfect for rapid prototyping.