Affordable 3D printing service in Barcelona

The majority of our clients are individuals or small companies in Barcelona that need professional, affordable and local 3D printing services.

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Professional 3D printing

We 3D print since 2013 and we follow the technology evolution, adopting the best materials and equipment to provide an optimal service.

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Consulting included

We provide advice linked to your objective: mechanical stiffness, fine surface finish or simply the cheapest.

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Local service

All the benefits of local treatment. You can sort out your doubts in person, pick-up in place or receive your object quickly through local courier.

3D printing in FDM

The best results with dual extruder 3D printing

The technology we mainly use is FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling). We own dual extruder machines that are ideal to create complex objects thanks to the ability to use water-soluble materials to print supports.

Advising through all the process

We provide advice in 3D modeling, materials and post-processing

We prefer personal interaction because 3D printing is not that standard. We give you advice to find the best material for your needs, as well as the most effective way to 3D print based on the results you are looking for: mechanical stiffness, external surface finish, lightness, dimensional precision or simply best price.

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Broad range of materials and colors

We have the material for your project

The most frequent materials are PLA, for its low cost and easiness to print, and PETG for its versatility.
We also have permanent stock of ABS, TPU, Filaflex or similar flexibles, HIPS, PVA for soluble supports and if what you are looking for is not in the list we can source it in 24/48h.

¿Why 3D printing?

Low cost for one unit or small batches

Unlike other technologies such as injection molding or CNC machining, there is no need for tooling or preparation costs before object manufacturing, so the unit cost is low and generally with linear behavior as the number of units grows.

For this, 3D printing is ideal for one unit requests, or in a small batch, either for final products, prototypes, tooling or even for replacement parts and other components. The manufacturer, depending on volume, can also apply economies of scale even if marginal cost almost does not change.

Rapid prototyping with few days iterations

3D printing is a technology that dates back to 1986 with stereolithography patent from Chuck Hull, fouder of 3D Systems. But at this time it was known as Rapid Prototyping because it was speeding up considerably the product development cycle. Things that could take weeks with other technologies moved to take days.

When 3D printing patents started to expire in 2009 new machine models spread while their specifications and reliability were improving. That’s why nowadays the technology is accessible not only to companies, but also to individuals. And all of them can develop products with very short iterations in a cycle of designing, testing, modification of errors, testing again and so on until getting to the final design.

A standard STL format for files

The most used file format for 3D printing is STL. Almost all CAD software, or maybe all of them, allow to export in this format. After that, the slicing tools allow to convert this file in the toolpath that the machine will use, but this is already part of our job. Remember that 3D printing in two materials will require one STL for each material (except if the second material is only used for supports).

The STL format (an acronym for Stereolithography and later named Standard Triangle Language) consists in a series of triangles that represent the external surface of a solid. That’s why it’s a coarse approximation and the higher the number of triangles the finer is the representation of solid curves. But there is a drawback since the file size is bigger and this implies higher processing time. It’s the 3D printer resolution that sets the limit on the number of triangles needed.

Create complex objects impossible to make otherwise

3D printing is special in that it makes the object layer by layer, such as horizontal slices of the object with tenths of a mm. Thanks to this it can handle objects with a complex geometry, in example intricate objects, chain links closed on themselves, rods inside their anchor, etc.

In the case of FDM 3D printing, the fact that we have dual extruder 3D printers allows us to make intricate objects avoiding the internal surfaces to suffer for using difficult to reach supports. With PVA supports we just leave the piece in water until supports dissolve completely.

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We will contact you, or if you prefer send us an email at info@norbertrovira.com