In the past year, we’ve learned a lot about our business and how we can best serve our customers moving forward. Operating during a pandemic was a lot like operating in a vacuum and business with our vendors was often slowed or halted altogether. However, TSI was met with one of its highest volume years ever which meant we had to keep up with our customer’s needs despite the lull in many industries. Using 3D printing technology is one creative way we have adapted.
To continue to find the right solutions to our customer’s technical issues, we had to turn to novel ideas to find replacement parts for the products that required them. Because vendors often could not supply the parts they usually had been able to, we had to find a way to create them ourselves. Enter, 3-D printing.
Our team had the idea to invest in 3-D printing technology to better serve our customers during the pandemic, combined with thermal processing technology to assist in achieving part quality in the post-production of parts. We can create almost any part that needs replacing in just about any technology we already service with this technology. For us, this means we can reduce the number of interactions we have with any given vendor that supplies replacement parts. For you, this means faster return times and better prices on the products we service for you.
While we’re still exploring how to best utilize 3-D printing technologies to serve our many customers, one thing remains clear: TSI is committed to serving our customer’s needs however we best can. We’re excited to continue to pioneer new ways to make sure your faulty technology is not just fixed, but optimized for years after we service it.
The 3D printing process turns a whole object into thousands of tiny little slices, then makes it from the bottom-up, slice by slice. Those tiny layers stick together to form a solid object. Each layer can be very complex, meaning 3D printers can create moving parts like hinges and wheels as part of the same object.
3D Printing technology has existed for almost 30 years now. Yet, while the Additive Manufacturing industry is still discovering new applications, new materials, and new 3D printers, another technology is arising. It is called 4D Printing and is coming straight from the future!
3D printing is used to manufacture moulds for making jewelry, and even the jewelry itself. 3D printing is becoming popular in the customisable gifts industry, with products such as personalized models of art and dolls, in many shapes: in metal or plastic, or as consumable art, such as 3D printed chocolate.
SLA parts have the highest resolution and accuracy, the clearest details, and the smoothest surface finish of all plastic 3D printing technologies, but the main benefit of SLA lies in its versatility.