Ricoh UK - Telford

RICOH Rapid Fab 3D Printing Service

RICOH are world leaders in technology and are focused on driving your projects forward by supporting your business’s engineering and additive manufacturing innovations.We’ve created everything you need for a complete Additive Manufacturing service.

At our state-of-the art RICOH Rapid Fab Additive Manufacturing facilities, we combine advanced AM innovation with the highest of quality control standards.

If you have 3D designs that you require printing, we have a range of packages and services making up our complete offering, we can help you choose the right level of service you need to get the most out of our expertise and your ideas.

 

Additive Manufacturing

With Full Service Manufacturing, Prototyping and Manufacturing Consultancy and Web-based Production, we offer a range of solutions including full product development from initial design and prototype, right through to manufacture.

Our services at RICOH are all designed to help you fully understand and maximise AM technology. You can upload your own data to your exact print technology and material requirements and we will assist with this.

Additive Manufacturing

3D Printing

RICOH Rapid Fab have industry-leading engineers and designers who will guide you through each aspect of the design and manufacturing process for Additive Manufacturing and help your business reach its manufacturing goals.

We are able to print in a number of technologies catered to your specific needs. Each of our engineers are trained to know which technology to recommend and to assist with the process each step of the way.

 

 

3D Printing

Rapid Prototyping

With a wide range of Additive Manufacturing technologies to hand, as well as producing full functional parts we also have capacity for your prototyping needs.

Offering lead times between five to ten working days depending on the technology and material needed, you can guarantee your development part to be produced fast and to our expected standard.

This is not restricted to small parts. With Ricoh's own machine - AM S5500p - having a build chamber of 500mm x 500mm x 500mm, large prototypes can also be produced in engineering grade materials such as Polypropylene or Nylon.

Rapid Prototyping

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)

Selective Laser Sintering also known as Powder Bed Fusion is the process to build 3D printed parts in polymer powder that is sintered together via a laser.  A thin layer of powder is layered across the build platform via a re-coater which is then melted by the laser(s).

The build platform lowers by the defined layer height and another layer of powder is then deposited across the part. The laser then melts the new powder layer and it is sintered to the previous layer to create a 3D object and the process is repeated until the parts are created.

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)

Fused Deposition Modlelling (FDM)

Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) can also be known as Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF). This technique builds up parts by extruding polymer filament through a heated nozzle.

The molten material is laid onto a platform where it cools and solidifies, the final construction is made up of many layers of the extruded polymer.

Many materials are available in this technology, please ask for more details.

Fused Deposition Modlelling (FDM)

Multi-jet (MJP)

MJP can stand for Mullti-jet Printing or Material-jet Printing and is also known as Polyjet technology. It is a printing process producing parts layer by layer through an inkjet head. Unlike other technologies (but similarly to SLA), this is a liquid based technology and so has very high resolutions.

The liquid is a photopolymer which is cured using UV to form the solidified shape. A wax-like material is used for support to create complex geometries.

 

Multi-jet (MJP)

Stereolithography (SLA)

Stereolithography (SLA) is the original technology developed to create 3D printed parts. SLA machines use a UV laser to polymerize photopolymer material.

Liquid Photopolymer material contained inside a vat that is cured via a UV laser. The platform is lowered into the vat by the defined layer thickness and the process is repeated to construct the part layer by layer.

Support structure in the same material are required to support the part under construction.

Stereolithography (SLA)

Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)

Direct Metal Laser Sintering also known as Laser Melting, Selective Laser Melting and Laser Curing, is the process to build 3D printed parts in metal powder that is sintered together via a laser.  A thin layer of powder is layered across the build platform via a re-coater which is then melted by the laser. The build platform lowers by the defined layer height and another layer of powder is then deposited across the part. The laser then melts the new powder layer and it is sintered to the previous layer to create a 3D object and the process is repeated until the parts are created.

Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)

3D Scanning

RICOH Rapid Fab have equipment and trained experts to assist with your 3D scanning and reverse engineering requests. Using scanners that can create point cloud data, print software to repair STL files and Geomagics to generate full parametric CAD, any type of file can be reproduced from a physical object. 

 

3D Scanning

Reverse Engineering

Also utilising the laser scanner, full parametric CAD data can be produced. With access to Geomagics software, CAD files of any requested type can be reproduced  from physical objects.

Our skilled engineers can also analyse the object to identify design intent and create a design as requested from a base shape, even if the original par is broken or in disrepair.

This means any object including legacy parts or bespoke designs can be scanned, converted and reproduced as a CAD model ready for printing or further deisgn editting.

Reverse Engineering

Metrology

We can also provide measurement and inspection information for your parts. RICOH Rapid Fab can produce full measurement reports to set specification as required. This can be done using a wide range of measurement tools including a laser scanner for complex geometries.

This is applied to our printed parts as standard but can also be requested as a separate service.

Metrology

Moulding

As well as 3D printing, a number of other manufacturing methods are available to Ricoh. This includes moulding, either blow or injection. With experts on site, we will looking into the feasibility of a part to be mouded and assist with producing the mould tool.

The tool itself can be made with on-site CNC machines or using 3d printers for Rapid Tooling.

Moulding

Parts

Through Additive Manufacturing, RICOH Rapid Fab are able to produce parts as requested to meet your needs. We will identify the best technology to use, the feasibility of the design and how to best meet your requirements.

If the part is not best suited to 3D printing, Ricoh will identify this and suggest a different method. There are many manufacturing methods available to our facility at Telford and we would be happy to work to find the best one.

Parts

Projects

With our expertise on site, we are happy to assist with any long-term projects you may have. We can assist with:

Design

CAD

Prototyping

Manufacture (3d printing or conventional)

Metrology

Testing

Supply chain and business development

So no matter the stage of the project you are at, we will aim to find a solution to your problem.

Projects

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