WHY USE ADDITIVE
MANUFACTURING?

⬣  Fast

⬣  Cost-effective

⬣  Lead times from five days

WHY USE 3D PRINTING

DESIGN

Cost-effectively and quickly prototype with no tooling costs.

ITERATE

Parts made and delivered with speed means fast turnarounds. 

SCALE

Test small scale demand, then rapidly ramp up production.

START MAKING THE FUTURE TODAY

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING'S JOURNEY

Additive Manufacturing (AM) has come a long way in a short amount of time and the industry shows no sign of stopping. Customers and clients have increasingly changeable, specialised needs but AM will ensure no business looking to adapt and keep up with industry incumbents and disruptors alike is left behind. 

Today’s business think flexibility means letting a customer add their initials to a pair of trainers, 3D printed shoes are in the hands of just a handful of professional athletes. Tomorrow, every customer will design their shoes from the ground up and 3D printing will automatically sculpt it to the exact shape of their feet. 

BEFORE AM

3D printing got its first break in the 80s as a tool for rapid prototyping. Being able to produce accurate models of prototypes and make physical comparisons before bringing them into meetings was a huge benefit. 

The idea of using 3D printing as a method of manufacturing itself was complete anathema however it’s understandable when 3D printers at this point in time were large, chunky machines with price tags to match and the computer software required to operate them was also in its infancy. 

AM TODAY

3D printing is still a great way for rapidly iterating a design. Nike estimates prototyping is 16 times quicker than other, previous manufacturing methods. This is no longer the whole story though. 

Renewed interest in the technology, a drop in equipment prices and more accessible software have spurred new ways of using it. Small-batch manufacturing in micro factories is the order of the day. Businesses can now produce limited runs of high-risk, high-reward products to test their popularity before committing to mass-production. 

THE FUTURE WE
ARE MAKING

Amazon dominates ecommerce in the now by catering to the ‘long tail of demand’; stocking relatively small quantities of niche products which specific audiences are willing to pay more for. Legacy manufacturing methods such as injection moulding still require large, costly production runs to be profitable though, meaning valuable but specialised products never make it to market.

Large-scale AM will unlock the next step in the evolution of manufacturing and ecommerce. 3D printers will enable a new market leader to cater to the tastes of individual people with unique, rapidly changing needs. With no tooling costs, 3D printers can ‘turn on a dime’ and immediately switch from producing one bespoke product to another as demand changes.

AVAILABLE 3D PRINTING MATERIALS

PETG

11 COLOURS AVAILABLE

Good for mechanical parts with high impact resistance and flexibility. Sterilisable.

CHARACTERISTICS

Economical ⬣⬣⎔⎔

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Metal Detectable PETG

1 COLOUR AVAILABLE
High strength and impact resistance. Used for functional prototypes.

CHARACTERISTICS

Economical ⬣⬣⬣

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Carbon-Filled Nylon

1 COLOUR AVAILABLE
High strength and impact resistance. Used for functional prototypes.

CHARACTERISTICS

Economical ⬣⬣⎔⎔

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Nylon

6 COLOURS AVAILABLE
Great chemical resistance, resistant to hydrolysis and keeps its properties after ionising.

CHARACTERISTICS

Economical ⬣⬣⬣⬣

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ABS 

5 COLOURS AVAILABLE

High Commodity plastic, improved mechanical and thermal properties compared to PLA.

CHARACTERISTICS

Economical ⬣⬣⬣

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PLA

12 COLOURS AVAILABLE

High stiffness, good detail, affordable. Good for low-cost & fast prototyping.

 

CHARACTERISTICS

Economical ⬣⬣⬣⬣

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ASA

8 COLOURS AVAILABLE

Good UV stability and high chemical resistance, preferred material for outdoor applications.

CHARACTERISTICS

Economical ⬣⬣⎔⎔⎔

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TPU

11 COLOURS AVAILABLE

Rubber-like material, suitable for tubes, grips, seals and gaskets.
 

CHARACTERISTICS

Economical ⬣⬣⬣⎔⎔

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POLYCARBONATE

4 COLOURS AVAILABLE

Plastic known for its strength, mechanical durability, toughness and temperature resistance.

CHARACTERISTICS

Economical ⬣⬣⎔⎔

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Tel: 0843 289 5345

ActiveCell Technologies Limited 

Richardshaw Road
Grangefield Industrial Estate Pudsey, Leeds LS28 6QW

United Kingdom

Company No: 11273872

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