3D printing

Generally speaking, 3D printing also known as 3D Rapid Prototyping (RP) printing is described as a generic term for processes that use ink-jet technology to print material in layers.

Today, more than ever the terminology used to describe the technologies and applications of Additive Manufacturing (AM) or Rapid Prototyping (RP) is extremely confusing to say the least.  This section aims to provide a simple understanding of the types of 3D printing technology available. You can learn more about other manufacturing terms by visiting Formero’s Learning Centre Encyclopaedia


Desktop 3D Printers

New advances have made desktop 3D printers affordable for professional product designers and engineers to now purchase, enabling them to be able to make small models or parts for presentations to clients.  However, the size and range of materials available is limited.

3D Rapid Prototyping (RP) Printers

3D RP printers used by manufacturers are large free standing machines that have big appetites for electric power and resin to operate.  Compared to 3D Desktop Printers they are able to produce larger parts and physical models, are far more accurate and offer a variety of materials.  New technology now offers the ability to print multiple-materials in one build.

What 3D printing technology does Formero use?

Formero uses the latest 3D RP technology available to manufacturer parts and models, below is an example of each technology.

Not sure which 3D Technology to use?

If you are not sure which 3D printing systems are best for your project, simply send us an email or pick up the phone.  Our experienced Prototype specialists will only be too pleased to help you make the best choice for your project.