Pre-Production engineering and groundwork is what will separate a good product launch and a great product launch. TMF’s ability to produce prototype parts before cutting steel on a tool allows our customers to pin point a lot of additional details that may be missed by reviewing a 3D file.
TMF has the ability to construct preliminary models of parts through a number of prototyping processes
- 3D printing (plastic)
- 3D printing (metal)
- CNC machining
TMF’s plastic 3D printer will give you a functional part/assembly with the strength you need. Parts can be printed in various materials including tough nylon and carbon fiber reinforced material as well. 3D printing with carbon fiber makes parts that are incredibly light and strong. In fact, parts printed on our printer are up to 30x stronger and stiffer than the same parts made on other 3D printers. Want to make a rolling change on a current production part but don’t want the excessive down time from production? Let us print you a prototype part to reduce lead time and cost by having 3D printed parts produced within just days of submitting a 3D file.
Looking for an even stronger prototype or mold inserts? Look no further than TMF’s ability to 3D print various metals. Coming in December of 2018, TMF will have the capabilities to 3D print metal parts. After a 3D file is sent to TMF and uploaded into our software, the printing process starts with printing one layer at a time of metal powder bound in plastic into the shape of your part. Parts are scaled up to compensate for shrinkage during the sintering process. Printed parts then go through a washing stage to remove some of the binder. They are then sintered in a furnace at 1,300°C and the metal powder fuses into solid metal. Now comprised only of pure metal, the final parts are ready for use. They can be processed and treated just like any other metal parts you would have machined or cast. Metals that can be used in our 3D printing process include Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Tool Steel, Inconel and Titanium.