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Frequently Asked Questions
If you don't see an answer to your questions listed below, please don't hesitate to contact us.
What is the maximum part size possible that you can produce?
Are the parts that you produce paintable?
How stable are the parts- are they likely to warp over time?
What is the resolution of the printer?
Can I build enclosed moving assemblies in a single build?
How about producing prototype metal parts- is this possible?
Can multiple parts be fastened together?
What is the cost?
What file formats do you accept for printing?
Are the color parts shown in the gallery hand painted?
How are the parts 'printed'?




What is the maximum part size possible that you can produce?

The dimensions that we can build in a single run is 8" x 10" x 14" (200 x 250 x 350mm). We have produced much larger parts by combining pieces from multiple builds and pinning, gluing and/or fastening them together.

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Are the parts that you produce paintable?

Absolutely! The 3d print process that we use accepts a variety of finishes and is also sandable. The parts will accept paint, dyes, wax and other various finishes.

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How stable are the parts- are they likely to warp over time?

The 3d printing process that we use results in parts that are extremely stable (in comparison to other rapid prototyping technologies). Due to the inherent hardness of the material, parts are created that are not likely to weaken or warp over time. Due to the hardness of the parts, they can be slightly brittle against impact. However, parts are resistant to wear, handling and can be subjected to a significant amount of heat (which will tend to soften and melt other rapid prototype parts).

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What is the resolution of the printer?

The printer builds in layers as small as 0.0035" (Z-axis) at a time.

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Can I build enclosed moving assemblies in a single build?

Yes! Keep in mind that any parts touching will be fused as one piece, so a small gap is necessary between moving pieces (such as ball bearings and gears). The actual required gap allowance will depend upon size and geometry of the pieces being printed. Take a look at our Youtube or Facebook site for videos showing ball bearings, gear drive mechanisms and an adjustable open end wrench (all assemblies were built as a single unit with no assembly).

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How about producing prototype metal parts- is this possible?

Molding metal by conventional casting methods can be an expensive, time consuming endeavor. However, with 3d printed molds and low temp alloys, it is now possible to create metal parts quickly and cost-effectively. Unlike many other rapid prototyping methods, our 3d printed parts will withstand the temperatures of low temp alloy casting. The final molded pieces can be sanded, polished or painted and withstand more punishment than 3d printed pieces will. Now, you can go from concept to CAD to metal castings in a very short time!

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Can multiple parts be fastened together?

Yes- parts can be permanently assembled using Cyanoacrylate (Superglue) or most two part resin/hardener epoxys. Other methods include using fasteners for plastics (such as tri-lobe screws) screwed directly into the material or brass threaded inserts. Pins and lip-and-grooves arrangements also works well to keep pieces aligned.

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What is the cost?

Their are many variables that influence the cost of parts (color, part size, intricate details, part quantity, etc). Contact us for a price quote based on your product requirements.

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What file formats do you accept for printing?

The most popular universal file formats for 3d printing are .stl, .vrml (.wrl), and .ply. We can also import other file formats (too many to list here)- please contact us for details.

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Are the color parts shown in the gallery hand painted?

No- the parts are printed in full 24 bit color! None of the sample parts shown have any secondary painting processes. The color isn't merely a coating on the surface- it extends into the surface of the part. The color is added by computer (either by the CAD program or by a supplemental 3d graphics program) prior to printing.

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How are the parts 'printed'?

Here at Fusion, we utilize the Zcorp additive manufacturing technology. The advantage of this process is that parts of large sizes can be made quickly at less cost than other rapid prototyping technologies (such as stereolithography). Take a look at our Facebook and Youtube links for videos showing more part samples.

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