3D printing - what is it?
Simply put - 3D printing is a process of printing 3D objects in various shapes. With fine layering over other layers, 3D printers work with different types of materials in order to create the desired object. The object is made from a digitally prepared model.
What’s the equipment we’re using?
Our studio works with Ultimaker 3 Extended 3D printer, one of the most reliable double extruding 3D printers in the world at the moment. This printer works with 2 different types of materials and it has 2 easily changeable cores, which helps it make very complex mechanical parts. This printer can print objects up to 215x215x300 mm, with 2 microns (0,02 mm) layer resolution.
Which kind of materials do we use?
There are 4 most used materials when it comes to 3D printing, and those materials are M-Flex, ABS, Nylon, and PLA. Basically, they are all different types of plastic, which deforms and changes in specific ways in specific conditions.
M-Flex - This material is firmer than other printing materials, and it’s patented by Blueprinter company. This material can be twisted and bent with no damage or deformation. Unused M-Flex powder can be reused as a printing material.
ABS - Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene is the most popular 3D printing material and the most practical one for working. It has amazing abilities and just the right amount of hardness and flexibility needed for high-quality prints.
NYLON - Perfect for mechanical parts, extremely flexible in thin layers, but amazingly good inner-layer interconnectivity. It represents a hydrophilic material which can absorb humidity from the air up to 10% of its weight.
PLA - Short from Polylactide, this material melts at 60 degrees Celsius and it represents organic plastic. It doesn’t crumble and it’s very good for finishing processes of all types. It’s firmer than ABS, but long sun exposure can deform it. It’s excellent for functional prototypes and harder objects.
Besides these materials, there is quite a lot of others used in 3D printing. Ultimaker alone makes around 8 different types of printing materials, while there is quite a number of enthusiasts that develop their own new and more efficient 3D printing materials every day.
What’s 3D printing practical use?
3D printing has become a crucial part of different areas since the moment first 3D printers showed up. Application of 3D printed models is incredible, from architecture, industrial design and conceptualization of ideas to applications in fashion design, interior design, game design and even medicine.
What type of structure in 3D object can we achieve?
There are 4 basic types of structure that we can do and those are: hollow, light, dense and solid. Depending on the type of product that is printed, and depending on the use of that object we choose the best suitable structure for it. How much the object is structurally filled defines the hardness of the object, and it can be easily adjusted.
Other than services and experiences we provide, we aim to elevate the level of knowledge about game development, 3D technologies, art, and design. Our mission is to make quality products and content available to our clients, while we go through the educational process of making those products together.
Our core business is based on video game development, followed by services of 3D modeling, 3D printing, 2D art and design, with a high variety of offers and options for mutual collaboration. General idea we follow is to get to know our clients and get them to know our services, so we can show them it’s possible to achieve availability and high quality at the same time.
Becoming an indie game developer and 3D printing studio is not an easy task, but it was always our collective dream. That’s why we really tried to persevere. We don’t know what the future holds, but for now, we’re doing our best to stay true both to ourselves and to our fans.
Last month we had the opportunity to work with AIESEC and the people involved with international training programs for young volunteers, global talents, and future entrepreneurs.
The discovery of 3D printing technology, and precise 3D printers that can make amazingly intricate functional models changed our perspective...