Computer Aided Design for 3D Printing

Need help creating a file for 3D printing?

We will help develop a 3D CAD design of your product you can use for 3D printing, prototyping & mass production. The file we create for you can be sent to any 3D printing, prototyping & mass production company in the world so you don’t have to stay with us after the design is complete (but we’d love it if you did!).

Just send us a sketch with dimensions, an image of a similar product or a 2D file of your desired product. Once we see what you need to do we can easily quote your entire project in just a few minutes. Call us today for a quote on 1-888-202-2052.

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3D CAD software makes it possible to create 2D and 3D objects. Besides drawing components, we can perform both their strength and dynamic analysis using FEA analysis (finite element analysis) to the parts and determine if they will be strong enough for the application before creating them. 3D CAD design enables us to create 3D printed models and test them before moving to the manufacturing phase. There are many 3D CAD software packages available. AutoCAD, Solid Works, Unigraphics, Catia, and Inventor are just some of the 3D CAD software products available. J – CAD Inc. can work in any and provide you with a 3D STL file you can use to 3D print your project.

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The process from sketch to final product

Process from Computer aided design to 3 d print

We’d love to help you bring your ideas to reality. Use the chat box or contact form below to send us your project brief or contact us directly on 1-888-202-2052 and we’ll get a quote back to you in 5-10 minutes!

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3D Design – Should you do it yourself?

A lot of clients ask us how hard it is to “just learn the software myself and design my own parts!” The short answer to this is it’s VERY hard!

3D Design is just like any other profession. It takes years of schooling and training and then a few more years of using it day in/day out at the workplace before you start to get really good at it. It’s like learning to play tennis, after 100’s of hours of practice you will become good at it.

When your car needs new brakes, you don’t go to mechanic school and become a mechanic for a year to learn all there is to know about fixing cars! You take your car to an expert mechanic and let them handle it for you. The time and money they save you from having to do the job yourself is very valuable. You don’t have to spend hours learning how to safely change your brakes, you don’t have to buy $1,000’s worth of the proper tools required and you get to keep your hands clean while they do it for you for a fraction of what it would cost you! Hiring a 3D designer to design your parts for 3D Printing is no different if not more valuable because it is such a new technology which means very few people in the world know how to do it properly.

There are many new software companies out there that have created 3D design software for 3D printing saying that it’s really easy to learn and it’s FREE for 30 days! The truth is that these companies give you the software for free for 30 days because they know this IS NOT enough time to learn it and you will want to buy their programs when the 30 days is up!

We have heard from countless frustrated clients spent 100’s of hours trying to learn as much as they could during the 30 day trial, got no where with it and then actually BUY the programs for $1,000 – $5,000!! When they call us they are usually trying to get their money back from the software company and just want us to design the parts for them. To their surprise MOST parts we design are under $500!

When deciding if you want to design your own parts, remember; do you want to spend 100’s of hours and then thousands of dollars trying to learn software when J – CAD Inc. can do your entire project for a few hundred dollars and in less than a week!?!

How does 3D printing work?

3D printing is based on stereolithography. It is a laser based process. It works with polymer resins that react with a laser beam to cure and form a solid. It is a very precise and accurate process. The polymer resin is contained in a vat that is held by a movable structure. The laser beam is the directed in the X-Y axes across the resin. The resin hardens precisely where the laser beam hits during motion. After every layer is complete, the vat is moved to a location where it adds another layer of resin in the Z- axis. This process is repeated until the object is complete.

The motion information of the laser is supplied to the 3D printing machine by the .stl file. STL file format is the primary file format for 3D printing. There is, therefore, need to convert whichever file format of the numerous 3D CAD software file types into STL format so that you can print out your object. Some 3D CAD software products are capable of converting their file formats to STL format, but sometimes they are not able to.

J-CAD can convert files for you and create your files as well. Call us today to find out how to get started!

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