Scanning

PrintCity currently has a variety of 3D scanning technologies in its facility. When looking for a scanning solution there can be many obstacles such as time, size, and location, PrintCity is able to cover these bases by providing a range of 3D scanning options.

Artec Leo 

Leo, by Artec 3D is a wireless handheld professional 3D scanner. It allows the capture of a variety of data, from stand-alone parts to the entire assembly. It has been used within industry to capture rooms and buildings or just the objects within them. 

During the scanning process there are real-time scanning hints to aid in capturing accurate data. A distance colour map, AI powered removal of unwanted surfaces and a surface quality indicator, in addition to the pause and resume functionality. 

The Leo is best utilised when capturing medium to large sized objects

1 x Artec Leo

Hexagon Romer Absolute Arm 7320SI 

The Absolute Arm is a 7-Axis solution to probing and laser scanning. It is capable of high-accuracy touch probing as well as high-end scanning making it a multifunctional measuring piece of technology. 

PrintCity predominately uses the Absolute Arm for laser scanning purposes utilising the Absolute Scanner AS1. It is capable of none contact laser scanning with a measurement accuracy to within 50 microns for large scale scanning and within 43 microns for smaller scale scanning. 

The Absolute Arm is best utilised when capturing precision details

1 x Hexagon Romer Absolute Arm 7320S1

EinScan 

Both models of the EinScan technologies at PrintCity come equipped with turntables allowing for automated one-click scanning of objects. The EinScan-SP range can also be used for manual scanning with the use of a tripod. 

EinScan uses structured light technology to collect detailed surface geometries along with their textures. 

The EinScan range is best utilised when capturing small to medium sized objects

1 x EinScan-SE 

3 x EinScan-SP 

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    Our Equipment

    Continuous Fiber Fabrication 

    Continuous Fiber Fabrication (CFF) printing is a process unique to Markforged. It combines Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) with a second extruder (print head) that deposits a continuous strand of reinforcing material, such as Fiberglass, Carbon Fiber or Aramid …

    Selective Laser Sintering 

    Powder printing capabilities at PrintCity include Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) which uses a high-powered laser to sinter small particles of polymer powder into solid structures.  The technology allows the printing of complex parts with no …

    Metal

    PrintCity is home to the Metal X printer, which is capable of printing high-resolution metal parts. The printer uses 17-2PH Stainless Steel, H13 Tool Steel, Inconel 625 and Copper.  The Metal X printer employs the Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) process to extrude …

    Cement

    In conjunction with a recent research project Cirmap, which worked to provide a Mixture Proportioning Method (MPM) designed for 3D printing mortars made with Recycled Fine Aggregates (RFA), we now …

    Stereolithography SLA / Digital Light Projection DLP 

    Stereolithography (SLA) is a 3D printing process that uses Ultraviolet (UV) lasers to draw out each layer of a 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) model into a vat of photopolymer liquid resin. …

    Post-processing

    Vapor Smoothing  In addition to additive and subtractive manufacturing technologies, PrintCity also accommodates some post-processing technologies. Not all 3D printed parts are ready for end use, dependant on the materials …

    Multi Jet Fusion 

    Full colour 3D printing capabilities are possible with our Muti Jet Fusion (MJF) technology. The MJF process uses an inkjet array to deposit fusing and detailing agents across a bed of nylon …

    Polyjet

    PrintCity received the UK’s first Stratasys J850 Prime FabriX Polyjet printer in 2023. This technology works by depositing small droplets of resin which are cured by Ultraviolet Light (UV) during the printing process.  With the addition …

    Subtractive

    Alongside additive manufacturing technologies, PrintCity also has subtractive capabilities in a variety of machines. Milling A 3-axis computer numerical control (CNC) milling machine, the DATRON neo is designed to allow flexibility in machining …

    Fused Filament Fabrication 

    PrintCity has over 30 Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) and Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM*) printers.  These printers enable production using low-cost materials, with a wide range of colour and polymer options. The filaments also come in several …