What is Stereolithography (SLA)
Stereolithography or SLA is the veteran of 3D print technologies having been around since the late 1980’s. Despite its age it still continues to be one of the most widely-used rapid protoyping technologies for plastic models. It has been widely used in the medical and automotive industry due to the accuracy of the prototypes produced.
Graphite AM is Flying High
Graphite Additive Manufacturing were thrilled when Yuneec approached them to design a cost-effective bumper system for an UAV. The concept was for the UAV to allow untrained pilots the ability to survey machinery without the risk of damaging the machinery.
The Fast and the Furious
We at Graphite love all things fast and furious and are delighted to supply a number of the leading Moto GP, Moto 2 and Moto 3 teams with high-performance 3D printed parts. We have supported a wide range of teams building light-weight, functional parts. We were delighted to get a call recently from Race Engineer and entrepreneur Philip Stiles.
What is Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technology is at the heart of a growing trend in mass custom manufacturing as well as functional prototyping. The right additive technologies, materials and finishes are transforming manufacturing.
What is SLS?
Warning – High Voltage!
After much success providing production volumes of engine and gearbox parts to the powertrains industry, Graphite’s latest growth area coincides with the rise in electric vehicles (EVs) and hybridisation.
As ever, design engineers are pushing the Additive Manufacturing (AM) industry for even more capable materials to solve challenging problems. In this case, Graphite’s ceramic-filled epoxy-resin-based material, Ceramic SLA, has come up trumps. This time as a material suitable for high voltage (HV) isolation.
Next-gen Printed Mandrels: F1-tech for Aero, Auto and Medical
Although not as frequent these days as it once was, F1 technology does still cascade down and out to wider industry. Graphite is now offering an exciting new development for the wider composite market. Obvious applications for aerospace include ducts, pipes and conduits, but high-end automotive intake pipes and fluid-holding tanks, electric vehicle (EV) battery cooling solutions and even precision-moulded internals for prosthetics can make use of the technology.
How 3D printing is helping the Dark Arts of Composite Manufacture
Graphite Additive Manufacturing have long been synonymous with latest advances in 3D Printing. With our roots in Formula One, Graphite AM was established to provide engineering and design expertise to Formula One teams and the wider Motorsport community. As the Dark Arts of composite manufacture continues to evolve, Graphite AM are running a number of key materials to help our clients gain a competitive advantage.
Cinderella and the 3D Printed Adidas Trainer
Graphite AM were delighted to receive a call from DJ Fat Tony, who was organising a charity auction for the Albert Kennedy Trust, an LGBTQ+ Youth Homeless Charity. His star-studded supporters were asked to reimagine an Adidas Trainer that was to be auctioned off to raise money for this fabulous charity. Little did we know that Kate Moss had been asked to be involved, and had designed an Adidas Samba trainer with a Cinderella twist.
Graphite AM – Supporting the Next Generation of Designers and Engineers
We at Graphite AM and 3Dprintdirect.co.uk have been keen supporters of the Formula Student series establishing technical partnerships with a number of the leading teams. We have 3D printed performance parts such as plenums, intake systems, boost pipes and light-weight brackets, snap-fits and baffles.