Crystal Eyecare now offers 3D Printing services with some design assistance.
3D-Printing is an additive process. This means you build objects out of a material versus other methods such as CAM which results in a block/sheet of material being milled or routed out. Both systems make use of files of CAD files like the*.stl file extension. While this jargon may seem like a lot, the basics are simple: Design an object in a program (similar to sketching or drawing) like Fusion 360 or TinkerCad. That program generates a file that is then used to create the object. There are a variety of 3D-Printers available. Crystal Eyecare has a Form 2 from FormLabs. It is an SLA printer. SLA printers use a laser to cure a layer of material at a time.
So the next question is, what can 3D Printing do for you? Well all you have to do is get a file and leave the rest to us. People all over the world sell designs of all types of objects imaginable. For anyone who knows Al, our resident optician, he has a fascination with oloids; mathematical toys that have a peculiar roll but satisfying roll. Getting files is pretty easy. Etsy would be a great start for designs on vases, figurines and other objects that are of interest to you. The applications are virtually endless.
3D-Printing can help:
- Make parts that no longer exist.
- Create unique objects such as jewelry, toys, figurines, really just about anything.
- Make replacement parts or improvements to an already existing part.
Crystal Eyecare can:
- print objects in a variety of plastics with different specifications such as “silicone” and “rubber” like objects
- print in various acrylics
- print in various dental materials
- print in some unique engineering materials such as Formlabs “high-temp resin” for use in injection molding. This was used by google to create molds for special projects.
- 14.5 × 14.5 × 17.5 cm Build Volume
- 100, 50, and 25 micron layer thickness
- do consider these design-specs