3D Printing and Industrial Design
Tangible Creative is a 3D printing and Industrial Design company with locations in New York City and Newark, New Jersey. We ship to all 50 US States and internationally.
Fused Deposition Modeling creates prints by extruding layers of filament. FDM is generally lower cost with faster turn around times than other methods. It is therefore ideal for large production jobs with tight deadlines. Plant based materials such as PLA can be used for FDM Printing. As a result it is the most sustainable additive manufacturing practice.
Selective Laser Sintering creates prints by fusing layers of powder. Because powder acts as its own support, the method is ideal for parts with complex forms and drastic overhangs. Materials include SLS Nylon, (rigid and durable) and SLS TPU (rubberlike and flexible). As a result SLS 3D printing can be used for a wide variety of functional products and parts.
Stereolithography creates 3D prints by curing layers of resin. Because of its smooth, high-resolution texture, SLA prints can be sanded, painted, and clear-coated for a beautiful appearance. (Resin is not as tough as other materials and therefore should not be used for parts requiring durability.) Materials include white, black, gray, clear, cast-able, flexible, tough, and dental resin.
Using 3D printing to create PPE
Tangible Creative co-founded Covid Maker Response in 2020, along with MakerBot and Columbia University Libraries. Because of the fast moving nature of the pandemic, CMR was producing and Distributing PPE within days. Consequently CMR was distributing to dozens of hospitals within weeks. As a result CMR was able to distribute PPE to some of the hardest hit hospitals in New York City, New Jersey and beyond. Overall CMR has 3D printed and distributed over 40,000 face shields since mid march, 2020.