Discover Colour 3D Printing

Lee 3D is a 3D printing bureau specialising in colour 3D printing and 3D printing for architecture.

Colour 3D Printing

Full colour 3D printing allows the creation of high quality pieces for use in marketing, exhibition and educational purposes. The process allows textured digital models to be made into physical form. Digital models can be created by designers and artists or can be derived from a number of different 3D scanning processes.

Best results are a combination of preparing the software model for printing, good setting up of the printers, thorough cleaning up of the printed model and careful infiltration of the part. Diligent attention to detail through this process leads to best quality colour output. At Lee 3D we focus on producing the best colour work we can.

As with all printing it is important to check colour output with what you see on your computer screen. Where time allows, we recommend printing test samples to confirm colour accuracy.

3D Printing for Architecture

At Lee 3D we seek to build long term relationships with architects and designers. Established relationships increase productivity and underpin improved service. 3D printing for architecture is the core of our business.

We are well equipped to deal with the specific challenges presented by 3D printing for architecture. The main challenges being data preparation, timescales and cost.

Data preparation

All data is checked and manually prepared using Magics software from Materialise.

Architectural data is typically modelled in SketchUp, Rhino, Revit, Microstation and AutoCad, each of these applications has strengths and weaknesses when it comes to 3D printing. All architectural design data is subject to scaling issues.

Timescales

For new clients it is advisable to assume 48 hours for smaller projects. For established clients, same day and out of hours service are not uncommon.

For colour printing we run three ProJet 660/ZPrinter 650 printers. These machines have a build volumes of 380 x 250 x 200(z)mm. This allows us to produce large jobs and quick turnaround work when required.

Lee 3D full colour 3D printers.

Cost

The cost of 3D printing is based on the  amount of material used. Changing scale has a significant impact on cost and we work with clients to select scales that will fit budgets while still communicating the information required. We hollow parts where possible to reduce costs.

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