Our Machines

Large format

Excellent surface finish

Opaque or transparent

Plastic or metal

Design & Build

3D scanning

Reverse engineering

Concept Development

Assembly

Overnight

 3D Printing 

Your 3D Printing Company

Finishing

Strip & ship

Sanding & blasting

Priming & painting

Translucent dying

Removing the Stress From the Process

 First off, don't sweat it! We understand how 3D printing can lead to an array of questions. What material should I use? What printing method is best for me? What do I need to make a 3D printed part? Well the good news is we are here to help! Allow our team to guide you through the process and give you advice personalized to your specific project needs.  

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How to Get Started

Tell us about your project! Are your files ready for print or do you need help getting there? Regardless of the stage you're at we are here to help. Send us an e-mail to info@customprototypes.ca for advice and an immediate quote on your project!

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Our SLA 3D Printers

SLA (stereolithography) is the most highly sought after 3D printing technology, and for good reason! This process offers unmatched accuracy and strength by converting liquid resin into a solid part using an ultra-violet laser. We strongly recommend this process for applications like detailed models, form-fitted prototypes and all general purpose parts. 

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Materials

Somos Watershed

Somos EvolVe

Somos 18420

Colour

Transparent

White

White

Characteristics

Clear & durable

Strong & flexible

High detail

Maximum Size

600x600x400mm

600x600x400mm

450x450x300mm

Design Rules When 3D Printing in SLA 

Snug or Interlocking Parts

For parts that interlock or fit snug we recommend leaving a gap tolerance of 0.1 - 0.2mm. This will ensure your 3D printed part will assemble smoothly without using excessive force

Engraved or Embossed Features

For embossed details we recommend having a thickness of atleast 0.1mm and 0.4mm for engraved features. It is important to note that some fonts may create letters that are too small to ensure clear visibility. Bold and easily readible fonts are ideal for SLA 3D printing.

Minimum Detail Size

SLA 3D Printing can print with really high accuracy down to a minimum detail size of 0.2mm. 

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Supports

SLA 3D printing uses supports in order to anchor parts to a build platform. The supports give the vertical building process the ability to create overhanging features. These supports are then removed by hand and sanded down to the surface finish.

Resin Escape Holes

Hollow parts will save you money but any enclosed features will hold plastic resin. Adding escape holes will allow the resin to drain from your part and assure easier access for cleaning solvent when hand finishing the part. Having multiple 5-10mm holes are recommended provided it is possible.

Wall Thickness

We recommend a minimum wall thickness of 0.4mm if the feature is connected to other surrounding walls. Any free standing walls that are not connected to another wall should be atleast 0.6mm.

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Our Metal 3D Printers

Our metal 3D Printers utilize a variety of fine metal powders to form your ideal pre-defined shape. Each part is built up layer by layer through a process called DMLS (direct metal laser sintering) driven directly from your 3D CAD file. Metal 3D printing can allow you to create parts with complex geometry with no tooling involved. Our metal 3D printing service is ideal for functional prototypes, high temperature resistance parts and applications that involve intricate detailed components that otherwise could not be machined.

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Maximum Size

250x250x250mm

Additional Services

Need a project the next day? No problem, we offer next day turnarounds for projects submitted by 3pm the day prior.

Additionally, we provide full finishing services including sand blasting, translucent dying, priming and painting.

Need to re-create an existing part or engineer a new one? Our team of designers and engineers utilize 3D scanning and reverse engineering techniques to bring your project to life.

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