Predefined architectural mouldings can already be purchased off the shelf from most of the larger building suppliers. These are used to add character to a building, to add dimension to what would be an uncharacteristic wall or space. The problem with these is that they are limited in size and they are not unique.

3D Echo Tech designs and produces custom architectural mouldings and decorations that can be made to fit the space and look the part. If you can imagine it we can design and produce it. Size is not a problem. If given the exact dimensions of your space we can design your project in 3D to fit perfectly and cut it in polyurethane foam. These can be finished to your liking. For projects that will be mounted outside we recommend an ultra violet resistant primer to protect it from damage from the sun.

Great applications for our Custom Architectural Decorations work includes:

•Custom mouldings
•3D Logo designs
•Wall reliefs
•Foyer 3D wall decorations

If you are an Architect, Interior Designer or Interior Decorator consider the potential of our custom architectural decorations and then discuss your requirement with us. We are keen to explore new ideas and projects with you.

Rapid prototyping is a group of techniques used to quickly fabricate a scale model of a physical part or assembly using three-dimensional computer aided design (CAD) data. Construction of the part or assembly is usually done using 3D printing or “additive layer manufacturing” technology.

The 3D file is saved to an STL or similar format and opened with the 3D printer’s software. The software slices the 3D file into layers, determines material usage and printing time. The layers are sent to the printer and builds the part layer by layer.

An existing part can also be scanned (see our 3D Scanning services), modified in a computer application (see our 3D File Modification services) and then printed on one of our 3D printers (see our 3D Printing service page) to perform size and feasibility studies before the unit is mass-produced.

This process can save the manufacturer much money and time.

Reverse Engineering is defined as the analysis of a device or object to determine its structure or function.

Previous methods of doing this involved using various manual measuring devices and techniques to hand measure the part or parts and then recreating those dimensions in 3D software.
3D scanning has made it possible to accomplish this task very quickly with high accuracy and affordability.

The scanners capture thousands of measurements per second and create what is called “point cloud” data. This data is then converted to a mesh or surface models that can be used in various applications.

Our team can also create virtual 3D models from detailed drawings from which negative moulds can be cut from various composite materials (see our 3D Printing and CNC Router Services pages for more information).

What can Reverse Engineering be used for?

● Replicating parts that have no tooling or CAD data
● Documenting museum pieces
● Creating digital data of engineering mock-ups such as clay or wood
● Creating 3D data files of the human face or figure
● Medical Device fitting
● Scaling of artist’s model or sculpture
● Packaging design
● And much more

A CNC router is very similar in concept to a CNC milling machine. Instead of routing by hand, tool paths are controlled via computer numerical control that originate from a 3D file that was created via computer aided design. A CNC router typically produces consistent and high-quality work and improves factory productivity. The CNC router can produce a one-off as effectively as repeated identical production.

Automation and precision are the key benefits. A CNC router can reduce waste, frequency of errors, and the time the finished product takes to get to market.

Most of the 3D Echo Tech client projects are cut in polyurethane foam primarily for sculpture enlargement. However, there are many other applications for CNC router services. This is especially true now thanks to the recent installation of our CNC robot which allows us to produce large seamless projects in very high quality.

3D Echo Tech is capable of reproducing any sculpture in a reduced or enlarged size with accurate proportion detail using the latest in 3D Scanning technologies.

This is a fast and cost-effective enlargement process. This process can be used for scaling artwork to any size imaginable.

The original artwork is scanned using a hand held 3D scanner and checked for accuracy. Our team of gurus clean the 3D model’s digital file to prepare it for cutting. The 3D model is then cut on a highly accurate 3 Axis CNC or 7 Axis Robot Arm or even sent for 3D printing for small scale objects. The foam cut models are then resurfaced by the artists who use their preferred method of resurfacing.

The sculpture is then ready for the molding and casting process. This system can save the artist many weeks of work by creating an exact scaled copy of their artwork with perfect proportion. Mirror imaging of sculptures or parts thereof can also be achieved.

3D Echo Tech designs and produces high-quality large-scale 3D signage. Our 3D signage designs start with determining the most likely vantage location and then designing the 3D signage and mounting to maximise viewing impact.

Polyurethane and polystyrene foam projects are coated with fibreglass and resin and finished with high-quality UV-resistant paint for outdoor display. These projects are ideal for durable outdoor building or trade fair signage and displays.

Any three-dimensional signs and products can be designed and produced or 3D scanned and reproduced at any scale. For larger projects we include steel armatures for strength and mounting. We can take on any sized project. The largest single project we have taken on thus far is nine meters.

The following video illustrates some of the design and production process for the making of our 3D signage:

 

3D milling or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object. A 3D printer is used to do this.

3D printing is very useful for prototyping a concept before engaging in mass production or for replicating an object that is no longer in production once it has been 3D scanned.

If you have an object that requires replication or a CAD file that you wish to 3D print then this service is for you.

3D scanning is the process of capturing digital information about the shape of an object with equipment that uses a laser or light to measure the distance between the scanner and the object.

White light Scanners, also known as “structured-light scanners”, work by projecting a pattern of light onto an object and then analyzing how that light bends around the geometry. White light scanning tends to be the most accurate and most detailed method of scanning. High definition cameras can capture several million points of measurement in seconds.

Benefits of white light scanning:

● Higher detail
● Higher accuracy
● Faster scanning times
● Larger field of view

The 3D Echo Tech portable scanning unit can also scan any sized projects on-site. This is especially useful for confidentiality purposes.

Together with our file cleanup service our 3D scanning unit will provide you with a complete scanning solution. If you require a replica to be 3D printed our scanning team can scan it for you, cleanup the file and print it on one of our 3D printers. See our 3D Milling for more information.

For examples of practical applications of our 3D scanning services see our Sculpture Enlargement , Rapid Prototyping and Reverse Engineering service pages.

Do you need to have 3D archives scanned and preserved for future printing or reference? See our 3D Archiving service for more information.

If you have an existing 3D scan file or a 3D project that requires to be modified or cleaned up our experienced team can take care of this for you and deliver the final project to you electronically.

Our 3D File Modification service includes but is not limited to:

● Conceptualisation of 3D project models
● Modification and manipulation of 3D meshes
● Slicing for CNC cutting
● CNC cutting path design
● Export to different 3D file formats
● Hole filling and cleanup
● Merging and re-sizing of meshes
● Repairing 3D scan problems
● Increasing and reducing mesh quality

Once your 3D file has been modified to perfection our 3D printing services or CNC router services can be used to produce real three dimensional objects from the file.

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