Service Info

What services do you offer?

Here at NTech 3D Printing we offer Fused Deposition Modelling 3D printing also known as FDM. This is the most common form of 3D printing in the world consisting of layering extruded molten plastic into a 3-dimensional object. This form of 3D printing can offer a range of materials and colours, many of which we offer in our store.

We can also offer basic design assistance and 3D printing file assistance.

PLA

Details: 

Pros: Gives great details, keeps dimensional accuracy, physically hard and cheap.

Cons: Brittle and low glass temperature.

Recommendations: PLA is recommended for prints that don’t need much operational strength and best suited to figurines, static parts, models, art etc…

Glass Transition Temperature: 60-65 °C

Melting Temperature: 180-220 °C

Material Density: 1.24g/cm3

ABS

Details:

Pros: Ductile, strong, long life, low price, higher glass temperature

Cons: Lower dimensional accuracy

Recommendations: ABS is recommended for parts that need some level of operational strength or wear resistance is required from the part over high detail. It’s best suited for functional parts, prints exposed to ‘the elements’, hotter environments etc…

Glass Transition Temperature: 105°C

Melting Temperature: 220-240 °C

Material Density: 1.04g/cm3

PETG

Details:

Pros: Durable, strong, impact resistance, chemical resistant, moderate price, flexible use

Cons: UV light can weaken the material over time

Recommendations: PETG is recommended for parts that need durability, flexibility, strength and impact resistance. This material is best suited to cases where the prints may undergo sudden stress or durability is necessary like for mechanical parts, cases, protective gear etc…

Glass Transition Temperature: 88°C

Printing Temperature: 210-250 °C

Material Density: 1.27g/cm3

Woodfill PLA

Details: 

Pros: Wood texture, able to be stained and sanded for wood effect, all PLA pro’s

Cons: Costs more than standard PLA, requires post processing (wood staining or sanding) for the best look, all PLA con’s

Recommendations: Woodfill PLA is recommended for the same purposes as PLA however also where a wood texture or wood look is desired.

Glass Transition Temperature: 88°C

Printing Temperature: 210-250 °C

Material Density: 1.28g/cm3

Resin

Details: 

Pros: Ultra high details, ultra high dimensional accuracy, tough/hard, can print complex or tiny structures standard FDM printers cannot print, professional finish

Cons: Expensive, currently limited to smaller build volume

Recommendations: Resin is recommended for when ultra high detail or printing complex objects is necessary, making it ideal for figurines, models, mini’s, art, complex structures etc…

Glass Transition Temperature: NA

Printing Temperature: NA

Material Density: 1.20g/cm3

Cured/hardened via UV light

Polycarbonate

Details: 

Pros: Extremely high strength, stiff, high temperature resistance, high chemical resistance, extremely hard to deform

Cons: Expensive, longer lead times, does not ‘bounce back’ after damaging impact or strain

Recommendations: Polycarbonate is recommended for prints that need absolute strength, durability and stiffness, thus recommended for parts undergoing extreme impact or sustained forces other materials can’t withstand without deforming or breaking. Examples: Heavy use, structural parts, load bearing parts, tools, robots etc…

Glass Transition Temperature: 150°C

Printing Temperature: NA

Material Density: 1.20g/cm3

Nylon

Details: 

Pros: Extremely high durability, ‘flexible’, high temperature resistance, high chemical resistance,  tough, ‘bounces back’ after damaging impact or strain, low friction coefficient

Cons: Expensive, longer lead times, softer than polycarbonate (scratches/mar’s easily)

Recommendations: Nylon is recommended for prints that require high durability, reliability and yield before breaking is ideal. This makes it good for mechanical parts like gears, sliders, hinges, wheels etc… where there is a lot of wear and tear but the part remains operational.

Glass Transition Temperature: 70°C

Printing Temperature: NA

Material Density: 1.08g/cm3

Carbon Fibre

Details: 

Pros: Combined with Nylon, Extremely high durability and toughness, wear resistance, high temperature and flame resistance, high chemical resistance, ‘bounces back’ after damaging impact or strain,

Cons: Expensive, longer lead times, scratches due to matte finish, more rigid than Nylon due to Nylon Fibres (but increased properties above)

Recommendations: Nylon is recommended for prints that require high durability, reliability and yield before breaking is ideal. This makes it good for mechanical parts like gears, sliders, hinges, wheels etc… where there is a lot of wear and tear but the part remains operational.

Glass Transition Temperature: 70°C

Printing Temperature: NA

Material Density: 1.08g/cm3

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