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3D Printing

Everyone seems to be talking about 3D printing as a new concept, but AME have been using this technology in their rapid prototyping for more than 15 years.

It might come as a surprise but the technique for 3D printing has been available since the 1980s. In fact, since the mid-1990s, when our company was first set up, we’ve been harnessing 3D printing’s jaw-dropping properties to allow us to ‘grow’ components within hours and with fantastic results.

Unlike traditional machining processes that remove material to create a part, 3D printing uses an additive process where parts are created layer by layer, in different shapes and sizes.

AME have invested in robust, state of the art, laser-based 3D printing machines that can provide the most precise type of prototyping available.

Output is significantly more advanced than companies can ever expect to achieve with their own in-house 3D printers. Indeed, we cannot stress enough that great care should be taken to ensure that any system is appropriate for the application at hand, as there is a huge variation in quality and accuracy.

Our 3D printing machines offer extremely high levels of accuracy, good functional longevity, a wide material selection, and will deliver a superior surface finish to meet the demands of most model designers. They are excellent for creating rapid prototypes for plenty of designs.

Advances in rapid prototyping technology mean we have been able to introduce materials that are appropriate for final manufacture, which has created the possibility of directly manufacturing finished components.

Of course the manufacture of good prototypes using 3D printing and other prototyping methods is not only down to advanced equipment. It relies heavily on the craftsmanship of skilled model makers and AME bring the kit and the talent together to carefully deliver the right solution for each product development project.

So whether you just want a small widget or require a much larger part, we can breathe life into your concept design with a 3D printed model using one of our innovative rapid prototyping methods.

Please see our individual pages for more information about the materials and processes available, or, alternatively, speak to us directly about how we can best help meet your needs.