With more than 25 years of additive manufacturing experience, ProtoCAM offers a wide variety of prototyping and production services. Whether you need an attractive presentation model, a durable piece for product performance testing, or even a metal piece, our team of engineers can help you get exactly what you need – fast.
Our Additive Manufacturing Work
ProtoCAM offers stereolithography (SLA) parts in a variety of finishes and colors, including our proprietary clear
Selective laser sintering (SLS) is available in Nylon or Laserform A6 steel
PolyJet 3D printing lets us create prototypes in a variety of colors and durometers
Urethane casting creates small quantities of production-ready parts
Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) and metal casting are two options we offer our customers
Fused deposition modeling (FDM) allows us to create prototypes in engineering-grade materials
Multi Jet Fusion produces precise features and detail, is ideal for complex structures, and results in strong, durable parts in a fraction of the time of other build styles.
About Additive Manufacturing
ProtoCAM has long been synonymous with additive manufacturing. We serve the additive manufacturing needs of customers large and small.
Prototyping is used for making parts (product prototypes) for the design or testing phase. Additive manufacturing takes that one step further, making the finished product ready for use by the end user. Typically, this is a short production run – from a single piece, to a few hundred items. Additive manufacturing is also called direct digital manufacturing.
What is additive manufacturing?
Additive manufacturing is a relatively new concept, made possible by vast improvements in resins and materials used in the processes. Until recently, a Stereolithography prototype would not have been suitable for use as a finished product – though fit and finish would have been correct, durability would have been lacking.
Fortunately, the resins used in additive manufacturing today allow for the creation of fully functional items that can be used immediately. This means additive manufacturing has become a viable method for creating finished goods. And because those resins and materials are always improving, ProtoCAM can create an ever-growing variety of items using additive manufacturing techniques.
Why ProtoCAM additive manufacturing?
ProtoCAM’s experience, spanning over two decades in the additive manufacturing industry, makes us the ideal partner. We specialize in creating market-ready items directly from 3D CAD models, allowing for:
- Zero or near-zero tooling costs, which are usually rather high
- Low production cost overhead
- Vastly increased production speed
- Vastly decreased time to market
What is a good part for additive manufacturing?
A typical item that ProtoCAM can create with additive manufacturing has several of these characteristics:
- Small size, or the ability to be created in pieces and built together
- Low to medium quantity
- Previously made with low volume injection molding, epoxy, or aluminum tooling
- Limited product life span (life span is longer in the cases of some materials and print styles)
- Defined quantities needed
- Geometry that cannot easily be made using traditional manufacturing methods