Modelling results

3D Printed Products—Modelling Results

Below are examples of 3D Modelling results from Ricoh’s 3D Print Fabrication service. Ricoh Rapid Fab can create your model in a wide range of materials.

Car bumper prototype

Method: SLS
Material: PA12

The partial parts have been adhered with SLS method PA12, and then polished and painted. It can be used for an exterior check of the final level.

Mesh model

Method: SLS
Material: PA12

With a Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) method, a woven 3D shape can be reduced from the modelling stage.

Hedgehog model

Method: SLS
Material: PA12

A model using a hedgehog motif. Even difficult shapes to reproduce with cutting and injection moulding can be achieved with the selective laser sintering (SLS) method.

Multifunction exterior part

Method: FDM
Material: ABS

Left (white) injection moulded part. Right (black) is a 3D printer model sample. It can be used effectively for checking shape before creating a mould.

Model with pipe

Method: SLS
Material: PA12

With a selective laser sintering (SLS) method, it is possible to fabricate a model with a connected pipe at once because the support is in powder form.

Assembly process jig

Method: FDM
Material: ABS

Using a 3D printer improves the ease of use of the jig and can mean there are 0 cases of layout and assembly errors and a 50% reduction in training time. (Company examples: Ricoh Industry Co., Ltd.)

Building model

Method: SLS
Material: PA12

Nylon 12 is strong and is unlikely to break and so concerns about breakages are reduced even when areas have a width of 1mm.

Pipe model

Method: SLS
Material: PA12

With a selective laser sintering (SLS) method, heat resistant materials are available and can be applied to prototypes where very hot air passes through.

Gate expansion

Method: SLS
Material: PA12

It is possible to reproduce even thin parts to a minimum of 0.8mm without loss of shape.

Multifunction duct

Method: SLS
Material: PA12

A multifunction duct model of an in-house design. It is used to confirm assembly before making a mould and for evaluation testing. It can be manufactured at a reduced cost compared with a cut prototype.

Screw fastening

Method: SLS
Material: PA12

By embedding a nut in resin as a secondary processing step, it is possible to produce a strong model in which a screw can be tightened and untightened.

RICOH AM S5500P complete colour model

Method: BJ
Material: Gypsum

With binder jetting (gypsum), it is possible to colour at the same time as modelling by inputting colour data before modelling.

Special-shape gear

Method: FDM
Material: ABS

It is possible to easily produce even 3D models with special spokes when using a fused deposition method (FDM) which can use soluble support materials.

Light weight jig

Method: FDM
Material: ABS

A 3D printed replacement for the mounting jig created by cutting The middle part is formed as a grid to greatly reduce its weight.

Multifunction model

Method: BJ
Material: Gypsum

Binder jetting (gypsum) is a low-cost material and so is frequently used for exhibitions and topography maps.

Painting sample (without polish)

Method: SLS
Material: PA12

A model can be painted a colour that you desire. If there is no polishing, the difference in the finish is shown on the right side.

Painting sample (with polish)

Method: SLS
Material: PA12

A model can be painted a colour that you desire. The left side shows the final product exterior level finish.