The Tropic 3D Distinction

More than just a 3D print shop, we’re your additive manufacturing
and 3D production ally from concept and design to finished product.

A full complement of design and production capabilities.

We help clients with all aspects of production, including research, design, testing, manufacturing, and Intellectual Property.

A communication-first approach to project involvement.

We prioritize communicating with our clients to ensure that we are aligned on project goals and expectations.

Subject matter and technical expertise.

Our team comprises design and engineering professionals who can determine the most successful approach to each project.

We help clients…

  1. PRODUCE SPECIALIZED SOLUTIONS
    Produce custom parts that solve engineering problems without resorting to the high cost of traditional fabrication and manufacturing.

  2. ACHIEVE PRODUCT/MARKET FIT
    Use cost-effective, functional proof of concept (PoC), prototyping, and minimum viable product (MVP) to improve product design, user experience, and manufacturing strategy.

  3. COMMUNICATE USING PHYSICAL FORMS
    Use interactive models to share design concepts with various stakeholders such as clients, investors, decision-makers, and manufacturers.

Our Capabilities

Digital 3D Modeling

  • 3D scanning – large and small scale.
  • Design and modification of custom part files.
  • Reverse engineering of OEM parts.
  • BIM (Building Information Modeling) to 3D printing conversion.

3D Production

  • Prototype printing
  • End-use part printing
  • Volume production
  • Architectural models
  • Topographical map modeling

Manufacturing Assistance

  • Design for manufacturing
  • Patent drawings
  • DWG file creation
  • Finishing services

Research and Testing

  • Engineering material selection
  • Material compatibility testing
  • Industry, process, and material reports

Printing Technologies We Employ

FDM/FFF Printing

FDM/FFF Fused Filament Fabrication or FDM Fused Deposition Modeling is the most common type of material extrusion technology. A filament feeds through an extruder where a heated nozzle extrudes the material. FFF/FDM is well-suited for early prototypes, communication models, and form studies. The most commonly used filaments are PLA, PETG, and ABS. There are even wood and carbon fiber-based infused filaments.

SLA/DLS/DLP Printing

SLA (Stereolithography), DLS (Digital Light Synthesis), and DLP (Digital Light Processing) are used to 3D print various standard and industrial resins. SLA uses a UV light to cure specified areas of the print, which solidifies to form a hardened resin part. SLA delivers high-resolution parts with a smooth surface finish perfect for high-fidelity presentation models, precision parts, and mold-making. Materials we use include standard resin, durable resin, elastic resin, high-temp resin, flexible resin, tough resin, and castable resin.

HP MJF Printing

HP MJF (Multi-Jet Fusion) is a robust 3D printing technology that produces highly accurate and durable parts at fast speeds. It is used to 3D print Nylon PA11, PA12, TPU, and glass-filled varieties of each. MJF delivers industrial grade nylon parts with full-color capabilities. MJF applies a fusing agent to specific print areas while applying a detailing agent to give crisp edges to parts. Nylon is known for its durability and high impact resistance.

SLS Printing

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) uses a laser to sinter small particles of polymer powder into a solid part. SLS is known for its low-cost, high-productivity manufacturing capabilities for small-batch manufacturing. Materials currently available are Nylon PA11, Nylon PA12, TPU, EPU.

DLMS/SLM Printing

Metal 3D printing offers a range of production methods, such as DLM (Direct Metal Laser Sintering), SLM (Selective Laser Melting), and Binder Jetting, which deliver optimal strength and durability.
Materials available are Steel, Stainless Steel 316L, Stainless Steel 17-4PH, Bronze, Aluminum, and Titanium.

Full-Color 3D Printing

Multi or full-color 3D printing can be achieved through various processes such as MJF (Multi-Jet Fusion), dyeing, sandstone, and FDM. Full-color 3D printing delivers hyper-realistic, full CMYK color capabilities for Nylon parts and complex shapes. The vivid coloring is applied during the printing process, eliminating the need for painting. There are over 70 PolyJet materials available.

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