Silicone 3D Printing On-Demand
3Diligent has a range of technologies for silicone 3D printed parts, in addition to a wide selection of material options—including biocompatible silicone across a range of shore value durometer levels.
Should our 3D Printing solutions not be ideal for your particular part or program, 3Diligent also offers silicone through our casting and molding capabilities. As a result, we can support you from prototype through production.
3Diligent Offers 3D Printing Across a Range of Technologies
The most common 3D printing technology for silicone is extrusion, which offers significant efficiency gains for certain geometries versus traditional casting approaches. It is strongly recommended silicone parts are self-supporting, as silicone geometries are prone to collapsing during a 3D printing build due to the low degree of strength and stiffness in the material.
3D printed silicone is subject to certain key considerations when considering it as an option versus a more traditional casting approach. One of these is relatively low quantities. Especially as it relates to the creation of organic parts, such as customized surgical models where it can be ideal given every person is unique. Alternatively, geometries not especially bulky or blocky may lend themselves to printing versus a traditional casting approach. Generally speaking, material costs for printed material is higher than that of cast silicone material, so cost advantage is generally created when unit quantities are lower or when part geometries are designed with the process in mind, enabling a reduction in the amount of silicone required.
3Diligent Material Options
3Diligent offers a range of silicone options. Currently, we offer Shore Value 20A, 40A, and 60A as our primary silicone offerings, with other shore durometers available in a more limited capacity. On the topic of biocompatibility, 3Diligent’s printed silicone has received accreditation from various governing bodies around the world. Detail the need for any specific material certifications in your Request For Quote.
Beyond 3D Printing
In addition to 3D printing of silicone, 3Diligent offers silicone by way of other digital manufacturing technologies such as casting and injection molding.
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