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Fast & Precise Plastic 3D Printing Services

Norck: Your Partner for Innovative Plastic 3D Printing Solutions

Norck delivers a wide range of plastic 3D printing services, empowering engineers, designers, product developers, and manufacturers across diverse industries to turn ideas into reality, from prototypes to end-use parts.

Capabilities for Plastic 3D Printing Success:

  • Diverse Technologies: FDM, SLA, PolyJet, MJF, and more, offering a spectrum of material properties, surface finishes, and production speeds.
  • Engineering-Grade & Specialty Plastics: Printing with robust thermoplastics (ABS, PC, Nylon, PEEK), elastomers, transparent materials, and more to match your functional requirements.
  • Design & Optimization: In-house expertise for optimizing parts for 3D printing, maximizing strength, minimizing weight, and leveraging the unique capabilities of each technology.
  • Finishing & Post-Processing: Smoothing, sanding, dyeing, painting, and assembly for achieving your desired aesthetics and functional needs.
  • Scalable Production: From rapid prototyping to bridge production and small-batch manufacturing, meeting your evolving project needs.

Norck's Engineering Edge: It's About More Than Just Printing

  • Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM): Guidance to fully leverage the design freedom offered by 3D printing for optimized geometries and reduced part count.
  • Material Selection Expertise: Matching the right plastic 3D printing material to your application's mechanical, thermal, environmental, and cost requirements.
  • Process Optimization: Tailoring print settings and support generation for optimal strength, surface quality, and dimensional tolerances.
  • Rigorous Quality Assurance: Dimensional inspection, mechanical testing (where applicable), and process control to ensure reliable, repeatable parts.

Why Choose Norck for Plastic 3D Printing?

  • Rapid Prototyping & Design Validation: Accelerate your development cycles with fast, iterative functional prototypes in realistic materials.
  • Complex Geometries Without Limits: Achieve intricate shapes, internal channels, and topologically optimized parts unachievable with traditional manufacturing.
  • Performance-Driven Solutions: Utilize high-performance 3D printed plastics for demanding applications, often replacing traditionally machined or molded components.
  • On-Demand Production & Customization: Produce low-volume runs of specialized end-use parts or mass-customized products with ease.
  • Your Innovation Partner: We collaborate to unlock the full potential of 3D printing, from concept to final product.

What is plastic 3D printing?

Plastic 3D printing is an additive manufacturing process that uses plastic materials to produce parts and assemblies. It helps turn designs into scaled prototypes as close to the designed model. It is mainly used in the earliest stages of product development and can be used in conceptual models, functional prototypes, tooling, electronics, jewelry, and medical industries.

3D printing requires 3D CAD models to print a part or assembly. The 3D models can be made using parametric CAD software such as Solidworks and CATIA V5, or Subdivision modeling software such as 3DS and Blender.

Fused Deposition 3D Printing
Polyjet 3D Printing
Vapor Smoothing 3D Printing

Advanced 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing

What are the advantages & disadvantages of using plastic 3D printing?

- Plastic 3D printing is used over metallic 3D printing processes due to:
   •    Most cost-effective
   •    Various plastic and elastomeric materials can be used

- Although there are dis advantages to using plastic 3D printing:
   •    Weaker results compared to metallic 3D printing

How is it fabricated?

The 3D printer slices the 3D model into several cross sections and prints them layer by layer. At Norck, we offer the following 3D printing methods for plastic parts/assemblies:

1. Fused deposition modeling (FDM): FDM is the most popular and most cost-effective of the 3D printing processes. It uses a filament of a thermoplastic material such as PLA and ABS. The filament passes through a hot nozzle that melts it, and using a computer-controlled system, the nozzle moves along two axes and deposits the melted material on a platform. When a whole layer of the desired shape is deposited, the nozzle moves up to deposit the next layer. Once the 3D printed model is finished, it can be removed from the platform. Post-processing might be required to remove any excess material and burrs or to smooth surfaces.
- Most used materials:
   •    Polylactic acid (PLA)
   •    Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)
   •    Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
   •    Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)
   •    Poly-ether-ketone (PEEK)
   •    Polyphenylsulfone (PPSU)

2. HP Multi Jet Fusion: It is a 3D printing method invented by Hewlett-Packard. In HP multi-fusion jet, the 3D printer slices the 3D model into several cross sections and prints them layer by layer. Each layer of powder material is deposited upon a print bed by a material depositing unit. Then a thermal unit moves across the print bed to deposit a fusing agent and detailing agent. The fusing agent is deposited where powder particles should fuse, and the detailing agent is applied to the contour to help cool the part. The thermal units also contain infrared light to merge the particles and form the desired shape.
Once the 3D printed model is finished, it should cool down before being removed from the platform. Post-processing might be required to remove any excess material and burrs or to smooth surfaces.
- Most used materials:
   •    PA 11
   •    PA 12
   •    PA 12 40% GF
   •    PP

3. Selective laser sintering (SLS): It uses a laser to sinter a bed of powder-based materialsto turn the powder into solid products. Materials used in SLS are more fragile than those used in FDM or SLA. Printed models can be finished using sanding, polishing, or spray coating. SLA parts have higher accuracy and smoother surfaces than SLS and FDM.
- Most used materials:
   •    PA 11
   •    PA 12
   •    PA GF
   •    PA FR
   •    Ceramics
   •    Glass

4. Stereolithography (SLA): SLA 3D printing uses a bath of UV-sensitive liquid resin and an ultraviolet laser beam to solidify the liquid layer by layer. The laser beam is computer controlled. The solid layer is pulled up, and the next layer is processed. Once the 3D printed model is finished, it can be removed from the platform and submerged in isopropyl alcohol to remove any excessive resin. Then the model gets exposed to passive UV light. SLA models are less rigid than FDM printed models.
- Most used materials:
   •    Polycarbonate-like Resin
   •    Polupropylene-like resin

5. Polyjet: The polyjet process is similar to inkjet printing. It jets drops of liquid photopolymer onto a printing bed. Next, UV light is used to solidify the deposited layer of photopolymer. Generally, no post-processing is required.
- Most used materials:
   •    Polycarbonate-like Resin
   •    Polupropylene-like resin
   •    Rubber-like resin

6. Carbon DLS: Carbon Digital Light Synthesis is a 3D printing process that uses a UV-sensitive resin to produce the desired model. In this process, a light source is used to project UV cross sections of a 3D model on a window, which transforms the resin.
- Most used materials:
   •    Elastomeric resin
   •    Flexible resin
   •    Rigid resin
   •    Silicone
   •    Cyanate ester
   •    Urethane Methacrylate
   •    Epoxy
   •    Medical ABS-like

7. Vapor smoothing: It is a post-process for 3D printed parts with a coarse surface finish to smooth and enhance their mechanical and visual aspects. Vapor smoothing uses chemical vapor solvents to smooth the 3D-printed part by melting the surface.
- It is used with most polymers and elastomers, such as:
   •    ABS
   •    PP
   •    PC
   •    PLA
   •    PETG
   •    PA 12
   •    ASA

Parts and assemblies should follow specific design rules to be printed correctly. Norck offers engineering services that will help you confirm your design for 3D printing.

Norck: Your Data-Driven Partner for On-Demand Manufacturing Excellence

Norck is a technology-powered manufacturing leader specializing in CNC machining, 3D printing, sheet metal fabrication, and injection molding. Our intelligent, data-driven approach ensures exceptional quality, optimized costs, and seamless supply chain management for companies worldwide.

Key Services:

Why Choose Norck?

  • AI-Powered Manufacturing: Data and AI optimize our processes for superior quality, minimized costs, and supply chain visibility
  • Vast Production Capacity: Our extensive partner network in Europe and the US guarantees both low and high-volume production.
  • End-to-End Expertise: Our team of engineers, data scientists, and product developers ensure design for manufacturability and unparalleled service
  • Single-Source Solution: Norck streamlines your supply chain, reduces overhead, enhances purchasing power, and delivers just-in-time results.

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Working with Norck effectively reduces your risks against supply chain shocks, unforeseen delays, price fluctuations, and quality issues, thus increasing your company’s resilience in its outsourcing and supply chain.

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Besides being an artificial intelligence augmented digital manufacturing company, we also develop extremely innovative manufacturing tools, fixtures and of course software applications such as RapidCAD, a highly intuitive and innovative web based CAD application.

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Norck gathers and uses thousands of data points to augment its engineers with a state of the art artificial intelligent system for better design and manufacturability.

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