Access 3D Services is a sub entity of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Access Independence, a Center for Independent Living that helps individuals with all types of disabilities become as independent and integrated into their communities as possible. All revenue generated by Access 3D Services goes directly to support the free services provided by Access Independence to people with disabilities and to help ensure a stable financial future for the organization.
What is 3D Printing?
3D Printing is a type of additive manufacturing where an item is created layer by layer, much in the same way a standard inkjet printer applies ink to paper. However, in a 3D printer the “ink” is called filament, and can be made of a variety of materials with different structural and chemical properties. Also, unlike an inkjet printer which moves the printer head, or nozzle, in only one plane, a 3D printer operates in all three planes, allowing it to create three-dimensional objects by applying layer upon layer of melted filament to the machines platform, or build plate.
What can we print?
3D Printing can be used to create any kind of plastic or rubber item or part. Items are typically printed in a single color, although certain materials can be sanded and painted. In addition to a variety of colors, filament comes in many finishes, including wood grains, metals, stones and other uncommon grains in addition to the standard plastic finish.
We are able to print with any material that extrudes at or below 315°C (599°F) including PLA, ABS, PETG, Nylon, Polycarbonate, Carbon Nanotube and more. We also offer 3D Scanning Services that allow us to create a 3D model of an object (or individual) which can then be rendered for 3D printing.