Micronorma does 3D Printing!
Following our strategy to be a benchmark in creating innovative solutions, we now offer a 3D printing service integrated within our product design and development services.

Stereolithography is a decades old process, but with the advent of cheap micro-controllers and the open source hardware community the technology of printing solid three dimensional objects has become accessible and affordable, providing industry and individuals alike with a cheap and effective rapid manufacturing solution suitable for prototyping and low volume production of parts.

Micronorma first acquired a Makerbot Replicator 2X experimental printer for its Development and Engineering Office as a cost effective aid in the process of rapid prototyping, optimizing the machine's hardware in order to increase its performance and reliability. We are now offering 3D printing services to our clients, by printing prototypes or final parts in 3D from CAD models according to client specifications.

Our service features:
  • A speedy process from the reception of the CAD model to the delivery of the solid model/final product;
  • Good price/quality ratio for low volume small parts production and prototyping;
  • Integrated services of design review, CAD expertise, and parts jointing (if needed or required);
  • Post-process finishing and quality control of the solid model/final product.
The Makerbot Replicator 2X makes use of additive manufacturing by FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) technology. It has two print heads, allowing for two simultaneous colours in the same part. It's build envelope is 246x156x155 mm and can print with a layer resolution of 100 microns.

After comparing the numerous options available in this market segment Micronorma opted for this machine due to its more mature development as a consumer product.
 
Makerbot´s Replicator 2x printer makes use of 1.75mm diameter thermoplastic filament. It uses the common ABS and PLA thermoplastics to build up solid objects, layer by layer. ABS is an industry standard petroleum based polymer with a variety of applications which can retain its mechanical properties at higher temperatures whilst PLA is a new biodegradable polymer made from renewable sources such as corn, sugar cane and beats which is less prone to warping and more suitable for printing of parts with more complex details.