3D Printing Services
With over 50 years of expertise in prototyping we are incredibly proud of our reputation and heritage as a UK based 3D printing company, our 3D printing services can deliver your parts in a matter of days.
UK-based 3D printing company
Over 50 years of expertise
Custom parts delivered in days
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We Can Help With Large Scale Projects
We have redefined large-format 3D printing with precision assembly. With our massive 800x800x600mm SLA platforms we can churn out huge 3D parts in hours, or a matter of days. If you need a fleet of prototypes or 3D prints, we can produce single large 3D prints to 1000’s of smaller prints. We have conquered volume with breathtaking speed. Experience the future of large-scale 3D printing.
Produce Multiple 3D Printed Parts
We can produce anything from 1 – 1000’s of parts, with our large capacity of 3D printing technologies, FDM, SLS, SLA and Vaccum Casting methods to name a few.
Why Malcolm Nicholls?
With headquarters in the Midlands, we can deliver your 3D parts nationally.
Years of Expertise
We are a family run business with decades of experience.
Finished to Perfection
A team of traditional model makers in house to give your 3D print the wow factor.
More Than Just 3D Printing
With our suite of machines and technology we also specialise in low-volume manufacturing, Vacuum Casting, CNC Machining and more.
Which 3D Printing Service do I need?
Learn more about the different options we offer.
Stereolithography (SLA) also often referred to as SLA is the most widely used resin 3D printing technology. it is generally considered to provide the greatest accuracy and best surface finish of any prototyping or 3D printing process.
SLS can build functional parts, casting patterns and tooling inserts from your 3D CAD data. Our HiQ Sinterstation system (SLS 3D Printing machine) represents the future of Instant Manufacturing Technology.
Manufacturing FDM known as fused deposition modelling is the most widely available form of 3d printing. It is an additive manufacturing technology that selectively deposits molten plastic to build parts layer by layer.
Trusted by Industry Leaders
We have experience creating exceptional 3D printed parts for leaders across various industries. From automotive and aerospace to point of sale and packaging, we can help.
Professional 3D Printing On Demand
As the UK’s leading 3D printing company, we have an extensive range of 3D printing services including:
Large format 3D printing service, utilising our large format SLA 3D printers with their impressive build platforms of 800 x 800 x 600mm.
We can produce large transparent 3D printing without the need for sectioning and fabricating back together, by utilising our large format SLA 3D printers.
Carbon has proven itself for its reliability in the toughest of environments, whether your looking to use it in low volume production or rapid prototyping Carbon 3D Printing is a great option.
Securing Your 3D Printing Project with an NDA
We understand the sensitivity of your projects and operate with the utmost confidentiality. Strict adherence to non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) is ingrained in our company culture. We’re happy to work within your NDA framework and are prepared to sign mutual agreements to ensure your intellectual property remains safeguarded. Trust and transparency are cornerstones of our business, and we’re committed to partnering with you with complete peace of mind.
Dedicated Project Management for Seamless Success
Embrace streamlined 3D printing, once your CAD data has been sent to us and confidentiality secured, we will assign your project a dedicated project manager. Our team will work hand-in-hand with production to ensure flawless execution. Rigorous quality checks and on-time deliveries. From concept to doorstep, your dedicated manager will be on hand to help you with your project.
Order 3D Printed Parts
Getting a quote for your 3D printing project has never been easier. We offer three straightforward options to meet your needs.
Option One – Perfect for those seeking a swift and hassle-free 3D printing quote.
Option Two – If your project requires more than just printing, option two is your go-to choice, where we can provide quotes for CNC machining, surface finishing, vacuum forming, and vacuum casting for your 3D parts.
Option Three – For large, complex, intricate, or multi-part projects, look no further than option three. Give us a call, and our team will be more than happy to assist you in bringing your vision to life.
At Malcolm Nicholls Ltd, we make quoting fast, easy, and simple.
We’re often asked…
What is 3D Printing?
3D printing is a service in which we produce three dimensional solid objects from 3D CAD data.
An additive technology, this contrasts with traditional manufacturing techniques, such as milling, which involve removing materials to create a part.
How does 3D Printing Work
The process continues right through the extents of the part until all digital slices have been “printed” into the physical form.
What are the advantages of using 3D Printing?
- Reduce time to market: By using a 3d printing service, Models and prototypes of components can be produced in hours. Concepts can be tangible objects around a table instead of images on screen. Product development cycles can be vastly reduced due to the speed of 3D printing, compared to other traditional methods.
- Save money and reduce risk: 3D printing prototypes before costly injection mould tooling can lead to eradicating design errors which can lead to expensive tool mods or delays to product release. Many studies have shown that it pays to use a 3d printing service.
- Get valuable Market Research: 3D printing market research models yield valuable market perceptions about your product often months before production batches are ready. The market research that is gathered by using a professional 3d printing service, either gives you added confidence about your product or enables feedback to influence design changes before production tooling is finalised.
- Excellent communication tool: 3D Printed parts provide a perfect tangible product that offers no alternative to the design intent. it simply is-what-it-is, something that drawings, images or video cannot beat.
- Assembly trials: 3D print multiple components from an assembly and test the assembly procedure. Production lines can be streamlined and design improvements made from feedback from assembly line trials.
- Improve your packaging: with 3D printed parts available at the packaging design stage, greater design flare and/or improvements lead to better design presence in retails situations.
- Greater design freedom: with 3D printing services used as a low-volume manufacturing method, design constraints traditionally associated with mass production can be eradicated.
- Customise your parts: with 3D printing services used as a low-volume manufacturing method, niche markets utilise 3D printing for bespoke components including jewellery, dental, medical, art etc.
- Engage your imagination: 3D printing can make virtually any geometry you can imagine, the possibilities are endless…
What are the advantages of using a UK 3D Printing Service Provider?
How fast can I have a 3D Print?
We also offer a three tier costing system with turnaround times to suit different budgets and timeframes.
Are all 3D printers the same?
The simple answer is no.
New 3D printers hit the news frequently. There are many different types especially at the lower, hobbyist end of the market. They are all layer based technologies but that is where the similarity ends.
Resin based systems are often the most accurate, with good surface finish. Plastic extrusion or filament based systems offer great material choice but can be limited with surface finish. Powder based systems offer a compromise of surface finish and accuracy.
Apart from the technology differences, 3D printers vary greatly in the size of the build envelopes available. Some are limited to very small areas (many less than 100mm cube) others offer systems above 500mm in all axes, whilst other bespoke systems venture into several metres in available size.
Build speeds are another crucial factor in 3D printers, and are often one of the major deciding factors when buying professional systems.
Other factors that also influence the “points to note” about 3D printers are: Accuracy, surface finish and material choice.
With such a variety of 3D printers available, it is for this reason that we have have technology consultants on hand to help you in getting the best out of 3D printing, whether you require a one-off product or a large 3D printing service.
Which 3D printing technologies do MNL provide?
Our technology consultants will give an unbiased opinion on the best process to use to match your application, as a long-standing 3d printing service provider we offer advice dependent upon the following:
- Speed of process
- Size of part
What do I need to supply to get a quote/3D Print?
For the ideal CAD format see here.
If CAD data does not exist, don’t worry we can cost to create it from your sketches, or we can arrange partners to laser scan existing parts.
How Much Will it Cost?
All projects are quoted in advance from CAD data supplied by customers.
MNL operate a three-tier costing system. The philosophy of the tiered costing system is thus:
Premium route, builds are organised by MNL so that customers can utilise an entire machine solely for their project. This means that parts are built in the shortest amount of time possible. In some cases multiple machines may be used to spread the load, reducing build time once again.
Standard route, builds are organised so that several jobs are built at once with a good balance of efficiency and speed.
Budget route, builds are organised by MNL so that machines are stacked out for maximum efficiency, these are longer builds however 30% off standard pricing in exchange for a few extra days is often strongly utilised.
What is CAD?
CAD is referred to as either the system that creates the data or the data itself, confusing I know!
For 3D Printing you need 3D CAD data. For the formats that MNL can take see here.
Can MNL do the 3D CAD?
2D to 3D data conversion:
Our CAD department can convert “fag-packet” sketches or any 2D data into suitable data for 3D printing.
We can offer a basic design assistance service. We also have links with many designers and agencies for larger projects.
Can I have a print from a photo copier?
What materials do you print?
At Malcolm Nicholls Ltd., we offer a wide range of materials to bring your vision to life, including:
- Plastics: PLA, ABS, PETG, Nylon, TPU
- SLA: Somos Watershed, Taurus
- SLS: PA2200, PA3200, PA 11, PA1101, PP R-201, Duraform Flex, Polyamide 12 and more.
- FDM: Nylon-CF10, ABS-CF10, Antero 840CN03, Diran 410MF07, TPU 92A, Antero 800NA PEKK, PLA, Nylon 6, Nylon 12 CF, ST-130, ULTEM™ 1010 High temp Filament340° F (supports are not soluble), PPSF, ULTEM™ 9085 High Temp 340° Filament (supports are not soluble), PC- ABS, PC-ISO, PC, Nylon 12, ABSi, ABS ESD7, ABS M30i, ABS M30, ABS Plus P430, ASA
- CNC Machining: Buff ABS, Black ABS, 94V0 flame retarding ABS, ABS+30%PC
Black Polycarbonate, Transparent Polycarbonate, Acrylic, NYLON 6, NYLON 66, PA6+30%, GF, POM, PP, PP+20% GF, PE, TEFLON, PPS, PEEK, PPO, PPE, PEI, PAI, PES etc.
Are 3D printed parts strong?
The strength of your 3D printed parts depends on the material and printing process chosen. Here’s a breakdown:
- SLA: While offering exceptional detail, SLA parts like Somos Watershed can be brittle in extreme temperatures and require careful handling. Its also worth noting that SOMOS is not UV stable so you need to be careful in the sun that it doesn’t cause yellowing.
- SLS and FDM: These processes generally produce stronger and more durable parts suitable for end-use applications.
How long do 3D printed parts last?
The lifespan of your parts also hinges on material and care:
- Somos Watershed: Requires protection from extreme temperatures and UV light to maintain its clarity and strength. We can work with you to add extra strength to your parts where applicable – particularly with scale models, we can add extra steel rods for strength or look at Carbon Fibre lay ups to stop your scale model sagging giving you a longer lifespan of your part.
- FDM and SLS parts: Generally, more durable and can last for years with proper care.
How do I care for the 3D printed part?
We’ll provide specific care instructions based on the material and process used. Generally, avoid extreme temperatures, harsh chemicals, and direct sunlight for optimal longevity.
What is the largest size you can print?
We’re not limited by size! As we are home to two of the largest 3D printers we have excellent build capabilities, we also have a team of skilled model makers on hand who can fabricate your parts to create large, complex geometries. So, dream big, and we’ll make it happen!
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Waterloo Industrial Estate, Waterloo Cres, Bidford-on-Avon, B50 4JH