For all of your additive manufacturing and 3D Printing needs, R&D Technologies, Inc. is a reseller of the Stratasys Ltd. full line of 3D Printer Technologies. We also provide 3D Printing Services with the 3D Printers we currently have at our facility in Rhode Island. Whether you need a 3D Printer or your own to enhance your design and manufacturing process or you need to send out 3D models to be printed reliably and in a timely manner, our team here at R&D Technologies is here to help.
Freed from the constraints of traditional (subtractive) manufacturing methods, additive manufacturing allows engineers and designers to produce in ways that were previously considered far too complex to make economically. At the beginning of 2013 studies showed that only 5% of companies in the United States used additive manufacturing technology in their design and manufacturing processes. By 2016 27% of companies in the US are said to use additive manufacturing as a tool for their business. This is based on the current applications that are used every day all around us, and the new ones invented by additive manufacturing users. The sky’s the limit. If you can picture it you can build it and we are here to provide you with the tools to do it.
Here at R & D Technologies we work with three main types of technology.
FDM (fused deposition modeling) technology produces robust, durable, thermoplastic parts in materials like ABS , Polycarbonate, Nylon, or Ultem. FDM was developed over 26 years ago and has always been known for its ability to produce parts from durable, stable classic thermoplastic materials in systems that are safe, reliable and easy to use. FDM is widely-used for jigs, fixtures, and tooling and can save time and money versus sending out for tooling or waiting to have something machined out of metal.
PolyJet Technology produces high-resolution acrylic plastics that are great for prototyping. This is a more recent technology that became commercially viable about 10 years ago and now is widely used for printing plastics that represent other classic plastics including polypropylene, durometers of rubber, clear, and different shades of color.
Wax Deposition Modeling (WDM for short) created by Solidscape Inc,, a Stratasys Company, is a technology that customers can use to create high-precision wax patterns. The wax patterns from the Solidscape 3D Printers can be used to cast from aluminum, brass, bronze, nickel and precious metals from the wax cores, all with excellent surface finish and accuracy. This technology was born for the custom jewelry industry and has now become the standard for high quality Direct Digital manufacturing of jewelry. More recently this technology has also been use in the medical and dental industries.