3d printing

3D printing

3D Printing, also known as additive manufacturing, includes a very broad range of prototyping technologies. We have a variety of 3D printing options in-house that meet most of the demands of our clients and their prototypes. Our well-maintained machines are employed mainly in the highest resolution with optimised build direction for accuracy and detail catchment trying to build the best parts at competitive prices. However when speed and cost is a high demand we have our standard resolution machines to build these parts in faster time.


SLA is a great technology for fit and function across the whole design development process. Building parts in high resolution will capture even the smallest detail. With the epoxy-based resin system you have fantastic material stability. If you want a 3D printed assembly, which will fit together first time, you won’t get closer than parts from our high resolution SLA machines. Please call our team to request details on build sizes and SLA technology.

SLA is a 3D printing technology ideal for prototyping as well as end-use part manufacturing. We often use this technology for rapid tooling production such as master creation for vacuum casting. Stereolithography produces precise parts to rival CNC and injection-moulded components and these parts can go forward to our finishing team to be finished and painted to look and function as the finished design is intended.

We are able to offer high resolution (0.05mm layers) as well as stranded resolution (0.1mm layers) SLA parts on our range of SLA machines. Stereolithography works by focusing a UV laser onto a vat of photopolymer resin. The UV laser draws a design on the surface of the vat which solidifies and forms a single layer of the desired 3D object. This process is repeated for each layer until the 3D object is complete.

Here at Complete Fabrication we run a range of materials mimicking thermoplastic injection moulded materials such as ABS and PP. Please call our team to request materials data sheets.


Polyjet is a versatile process offering a quick way to achieve prototype parts at a pre-production stage or for short runs of production parts. The quality for a look-see model built in hours will not be rivalled. And with the Tango range of flexible materials in stock, we can build seals, gaskets and over-moulds without the need for tooling and casting.

Polyjet is a 3D printing process which is used for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing. When speed is a priority, using Polyjet can be the solution, building in 16micron layers and jetting acrylic-based resin through hundreds of nozzles. This process will get you a model in your hand in super-fast time!

Please call our team to request build sizes, flexible and ridged materials data sheets.


Fusing layers of nylon-based powders with a laser, the SLS process brings an added strength to a prototype assembly or part. The surface finish of the part is granular straight from the build, however our engineers are here to finish key surfaces in moving assemblies, or even take it to a presentation finish. SLS is a process which can really work for rapid manufacture of low volume parts.


As a standard, our engineers remove any support scars and solutions, smoothing surfaces to a light bead blast finish on the parts we build (except SLS). On request, parts can be supplied without surface finish or with a myriad of post build finishes.

This can be discussed with our team and included in your quotation.

If you would like to find out more about our 3D printing services, call us on 01223 836837 or email info@compfab.co.uk

3D printing Case Studies

  • Life-size model hearts

    Three life size model hearts

    Three model hearts were required to go inside three full size model men to show the positioning of artificial heart valves.

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  • Ergonomic model

    Blackfin Mobile

    When Wright Design wanted to show potential investors their new Push Too Talk handset it was a project for the SLA machines and our model making team

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