2. 3D Printing

  1. Overview
  2. 3D Print Parameters
  3. Print Resolution

Create functional parts or prototypes with our fast and accurate additive manufacturing processes. We can produce your parts within 24 hours or same day if needed. FILE2FAB produces 3D prints on demand using professional material extrusion and photo-polymerization machines. We can handle a one off part or a large production run.

If you need a 3D print, contact us at 206 612 2676

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Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is the processes of synthesizing 3D object data into successive layers of material, formed using computer control to create a physical object. Objects of any shape or geometry can be produced from a 3D model file. FILE2FAB produces objects using professional, in house desktop material extrusion and photo-polymerization machines. We have produced functional and visual prototypes, jewelry, sculpture and prosthetics for a variety of customers.

FILE2FAB prints on Formlabs Stereolithography (SLA) based 3D Printers. These printers use resin tanks that are exposed to UV light through a precision laser. The laser cures the resin layer by layer as the model is built in the z axis. Print speed is faster than Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) printers since the model is built layer by layer using light rather than a mechanical process.

SLA prints have amazing resolution and unlimited design restrictions. They display fine details, sharp edges and a smooth finish. Available standard colors are limited to black, white and grey and transparent. Functional resins for engineering prototypes, investment casting and dental applications are available. A flexible material is also available in grey.

Once printed models must be post processed. Excess resin is removed, the model requires additional UV curing, then support structures most be removed. From here models can be sanded and painted.

SLA prints are ideal for printing intricate designs. Layer heights from 0.1 mm, 0.05 mm and 0.025 mm are supported. Layer height determines print time. Print time is proportional to layer height with smaller heights providing more detail.

Low-Volume Injection Mold Tooling and Parts - High quality, production-grade parts. Investment Casting Patterns - Direct patterns produced with rapid prototyping

STL printing is recommended for

  • Intricate designs
  • Small, high detail models
  • Functional engineering prototypes
  • Investment Casting
  • Jewelry
  • Sculpture

STL printing is not recommended for

  • Large models over [145 × 145 × 175 mm] or [5.7 × 5.7 × 6.9 in].
  • Models with extensive exposure to UV-light.
  • Large parts.
  • Parts printed in color.

3D Print Parameters

For a successful print, use these helpful design guidelines.

  • Your model must fit within a 140 mm x 140 mm x 175 mm bounding box.
  • For large models, orient your model within Formlabs Preform.
  • Save your file in .STL or .OBJ format.
  • We can convert other formats for an additional fee.
  • Check that the model is watertight in your design software.
  • Confirm that your model is printable through makeprintable.com. You can also repair models here as well.
  • Submit the file through 3D hubs or directly to info@file2fab.com.
  • FILE2FAB will respond with any questions and let you know if there are any issues with the geometry.
  • We will quote the project based on the type of material, volume and pre and post processing and print production time.
  • Once printed, we will notify you that your model(s) are ready for pickup.
  • Upon request, we can also ship to you using UPS, Fedex and USPS.