ATE provides 3D printing services to the next level, by provisioning for the additional requirements that our clients might have in relation to 2D to 3D CAD conversion, 3D CAD modifications, and others to ensure that you receive end to end support. The senior management team of ATE brings with them over 50-years of combined experience in the field of engineering, particularly CAD/CAE/CAM. With extensive industry domain knowledge, our engineering team can complement your engineering and manufacturing team, to achieve higher efficiency and effectiveness in the workplace.
3D Printing is a manufacturing method that uses additive processes, which adds a lot of thin layers of a given material to build a three-dimensional object. In order to create and print objects, 3D printers utilize building programmes based on topographical data compiled into 3D files, whereby the material is added on the appropriate areas and piled up to create the volume of the object. Layers are rebuilt based on parts that each 3D file is divided.
The descriptive data of the object needs to be summarized into a digital file, called a 3D file, which can be created 2 ways. 1. Using a 3D modelling software like SolidWorks 3D CAD software; 2. Capturing an object that already exists into 3D, for example, with a 3D scan.
At ATE, we empower and enable our customers to meet engineering challenges through innovation in design and manufacturing techniques with both traditional and non-traditional offerings. With our 3D printing capabilities and complementary CAD services, we make great design happen through the latest rapid prototyping technologies to deliver cost effective, and fully functional prototypes and end products.
Rapid Prototyping to Save Costs and Time
Rapid prototyping reduces product development costs. You no longer have to develop special tools for each new product. Staff costs are reduced through the automated prototyping process. Costs of waste are lower because the prototyping technique only adds modeling material where needed, as opposed to conventional prototyping techniques which create waste through chippings as the tools create the finished model. Time between initial design and analysis is reduced greatly by eliminating efforts to produce patterns, molds, and special tools required for conventional modeling. An accurate model is quickly available for testing form, fit and usability. Organizations can gain competitive advantage by bringing new products to market quickly, ahead of competitors.
Print Complex Designs
With rapid prototyping, you can print complex designs that cannot or difficult to be fabricated through subtractive manufacturing. Make integrated components that would otherwise not be able to be produced or require many manufacturing steps, increasing the production costs. By building up an object layer by layer, you can produce geometries that are not possible with traditional manufacturing, for example, a ball in a ball in a ball.
Maintain Digital Inventory
Challenge traditional supply chain constraints by maintain a digital inventory to print components on demand. Save money and space required to store physical parts produced through traditional manufacturing methods. Components that are stored digitally will never go out of stock, nor would the retailer run the risk of having to dispose surplus stocks when demand ceases.
Application and Industries
Create complex, durable models in-house, directly from CAD data, for conception and promotion.
Build durable concept models, prototypes, tooling and low-volume, high value parts in-house.
Build prototypes to understand a product’s aesthetic and functional appeal before production.
Build precise scale models for use as training aids during presentations and product training.
Take advantage of 3D printing’s capabilities in mass customization and on-demand production for low-volume parts.
Gain competitive edge by making inventories virtual through agile and cost effective manufacturing.
Marine & Offshore
3D print parts ready for assembly/replacement within days, which typically take weeks to produce through traditional manufacturing.
Take advantage of 3D printing’s scalability and geometric capabilities in patient care to create strong tooling, custom fixtures, research aids or medical device components.
Oil & Gas
Design specific types of valves in shapes which were never possible with traditional techniques. Save a great deal of time from a typical 3-month wait to a couple of weeks.