Printed Products

From prototypes to end products, we supply large and economical printed parts through our 3D printing service

Step 1: Design

It all starts with a 3D model. You can design it, or we can assist in the design.

Step 2: Quote

Based on your model and the required number of products and we will send you a quote.

Step 3: Produce

We take care that the product is produced on our 3D printers as agreed.

Step 4: Use

Finally, receive and use your product.

For companies looking to produce prototypes, models or moulds we provide a printing service using the printers and materials we have developed in house. This process (similar to SLA, but much faster) uses liquid resins that are cured with UV light. It’s the most efficient process for products larger than 100mm and which contain intricate details.

Maximum print dimensions are 1 x 0.5 x 0.5 m, but we can easily combine multiple prints into a larger part. The biggest parts printed stand over 2m tall.

The steps below show the requirements and details to consider in order to succesfully 3D-print a product on our machines.

Step 1: Design a Printable Model

The first step in the 3D printing process is designing your product. There are two ways to get to a 3D model, through CAD design or through 3D scanning. To be able to print the file, some aspects are important to consider:

  • Quality of the surface or mesh
  • Wall thickness of the model
  • Support areas, drain holes
  • Infill or hollow

We ask you to supply us with a model which is watertight and solid and we will take care of the remaining 3 aspects, wall thickness, support, drains and infill.

If you are not sure your digital design is suitable for 3d printing feel free to call us for more information or download the Design Requirements.

 

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Design Considerations

Format 3D File

The first step in the 3D-printing process is designing your product. In order for us to add the necessary steps needed to actually make a printable product we will require a STEP- or STL file. A 3d model derived from a 3d scan can also be used for 3d printing. If you need help converting a model to the correct format feel free to contact us .

Geometry Digital Model

Ensure that the 3D model is ‘closed’ or ‘watertight’. For 3D printing, and more specifically for stereo-lithography or SLA, there are some ‘Design Rules’ which gives some guidelines on how to prepare your model and how to avoid undesirable manufacturing effects. Click ‘Design Requirements’ to learn more.

Application of Product

When designing, it is good practice to consider how the product will be used and which features are important. For instance if the model is used as a casting or lamination mold one may want to add a release angle. If mechanical loads are excerted on the product you may want to consider larger wall thickness and infill.

Step 2: Receive Your Quotation

After we have received your model file, we will provide you with a quote that indicates the price and lead time of the parts. Details we need to provide you with a good quote:

  • Required tolerances of the part
  • Required surface finish
  • Any coating or other post treatment
  • Delivery time required

The responsible engineer will get back to you if there are any questions or remarks regarding the model file.

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Quote F.A.Q.

When you send us your 3d model for a quotation we may want to talk to you directly and ask some additional questions regarding the required product specifications.

We do not use a ‘configurator’ which automatically mentions the costs. We offer tailored solutions.

Questions we or our clients often have are:

Can I trust that you will treat my designs with confidentiality?
In general, before we send back and forth confidential information we sign an nda. However, to do this with every product which crosses our desks would be unrealistic. You may trust that we will not share, copy or alter your design files and that we’ll treat all information with utmost confidentiality.
What kind of information do you need to make a quotation?

Depending on the status of your 3d model we will have to decide if you need assistance from our engineers to finish the model and/or make adjustments. We also need to know the quantity of products required, whether or not we need to incorporate inserts or other components and your desired required surface finish.

What is a typical price buid-up of a 3d printed part?
Our cost calculation generally consists of the following components:

  • Dimensions, volume and surface area of model
  • Engineering assistance
  • Digital preparation for 3d printing
  • Number of products
  • Number of components to build up a product
  • Surface finish
  • Leadtime
What are your hourly rates?

For engineering, print preparation and workshop hours we apply different rates, being:

  • Engineering €90 up to 120,-/hr.
  • Print preparation €75,-/hr.
  • Workshop tasks €60,-/hr.
How do your print costs compare to other SLA resin printers?

Because we developed our 3d printers and resins in-house, and thus are not relying on large multinationals for our printing materials, we are able to produce at a very competitive rate. Upload your model at any established 3d printing company and select materials some call ‘Elephant Resin’ or similar, and you will see our products cost a fraction of their price.

Step 3: Producing Your Product

We use our own unique thermoset resin in the 3D printing process, named FRP3D.When we have finished printing the 3D model, we are able to apply a surface finish (sanding, polishing, painting in a particular colour or even apply an actual metal finish). For a mold, typically a polished surface is recommended. Since we are working with several partners on a growing range of innovative surface coatings please contact us with your specific demands and let us inform you on the posibilities.

 

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Examples of Printed Products

Mold (negatives) for Maquette

For open air museum “Atlantikwall” a number of casted concrete maquettes placed along the dunes serve as ‘3D maps’ of the surrounding area. Fiberneering, engineered and printed the plugs needed to make the 2mtr. casting mold for the final concrete castings.

LED Spaceship for Nightclub

Our client, known for producing custom led panels, image projections and lightshow concepts, asked us to cooporate on a 5 mtr. long spaceship for an exclusive Asian nightclub. To make these large structures multiple printed parts were bonded together and glass reinforced.

Casting Mold for Polyurethane

With a manufacturer of cardboard packaging Fiberneering tested various plastics as possible alternatives for an aluminium die. In order to cast the different (thermoset)plastics we engineered and printed a 2-part casting mold which in turn is used for casting polyurethane dies.

Step 4: Receiving and Using Your Product

Thermoset resins are typically harder and, one could say ‘glass like’, compared to thermoplastic materials. Therefore, when the printed products are to be mounted to another object we not drill holes (which could result in ‘chipping’) but rather print the desired holes and glue in metal inserts.

Since our resins are epoxy based the products provide a perfect basis for further sanding and painting. Most primers and paints (one or two components) can be be applied to our products.

 

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Since Fiberneering produces polyurethane casting molds for us, as an alternative for milled aluminium molds, not only are we saving on tooling costs, due to the drastic weight reduction of resin casting moulds we no longer need hoisting equipment and resources for internal transport reducing casting cycles by half.
Bart Rouwers

Kobato

When we face challenges regarding complex geometry which is simply too time intensive or physically not possible to produce on our 5-axis milling machine we’re always glad we can rely on Fiberneering’s large resin printers. For intricate objects up to 1 or 2 meters they provide a perfect addition to our scope.

Erwin van Maaren

Nedcam

For one-off product development of our newest superyacht gangway the large size printing capabilities Fiberneering offers really proved to be a perfect solution. It helps also that the mechanical- and marine engineers at Fiberneering are always eager to think along about more eficient ways to manufacture.
Frank Bijvoet

Akerboom

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