3D printing is just one of many Rapid Prototyping processes, which are all a form of additive manufacturing. This means a part is created by adding material as opposed to subtractive machining processes where material is removed leaving behind a part. One of the key benefits in additive manufacturing over subtractive machining is that there is no force created by moving a tool through a material. Also, greater detail and more complex parts are possible. The benefits of all of the options under Rapid prototyping are vast and complex. Depending on the part and its intended use many choices are required, including process and material options. More importantly it requires a much more complete and robust 3D part file. Printing a 3D part that has been poorly modeled can result in huge problems and ultimately wasted money. Where even small parts can cost several hundred dollars, sending a file that was not correct doesn't just waste time, it wastes money.
Whatever Unique has had parts Rapid Prototyped for over 5 years for various projects. We now have our own in-house extrusion based 3D printing system and can print a single object as large as 8" x 8" x 8" with resolutions up to 0.1mm. For many projects this more than covers the needs of the item being produced. If a part is larger than the printing area the models can be sliced and parts assembled after printing. Before spending your own time modeling out a part you want printed, contact us first. We can work together to make sure the model is constructed in way that is cost effective and optimal for 3D printing to ensure your desired end result.