3D Printing Service

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 or accurate models to check a parts fit before investing heavily in tooling, we can adapt our 3D printing know-how to your needs. We offer you 3D printing from both FDM and SLA 3D printers 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.

FDM (Plastic)

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
  • A larger choice of colours and materials
  • Uses layers of plastic to achieve a 3D printed object
  • Low cost

The materials include PLA, ABS, PET, Nylon and Ninjaflex among many others so please ask if you’d like a part printed in a material not listed and we’d be happy to look into sourcing it for you.

SLA (Resin)

Stereolithography Apparatus.

The SLA printing process is more complex than FDM, 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.

  • Intricate detail
  • Good for creating casting moulds to be used in mass-production
  • Higher dimensional accuracy
  • Uses a laser to harden liquid resin to be pulled into layers
  • Less durable
  • Smooth finish

Reasons to use 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 realistic
  • Speedy – our orders are completed within 1-2 days
  • Customizable – you gain 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. We also offer a service for clients who already have an STL or OBJ file and want to know the cost to print it. Get an instant quote by clicking the button below and uploading your file to our hub.

Order a 3D Print

If you require 3D printing then don’t hesitate to send us an email via hello@3dfolkes.co.uk or call us on 0333 335 0150 to discuss any other 3D printing services.