Frequently Asked Questions
- Halo technologies is a provider of high-tech 3D printing, 3D scanning, and prototyping solutions for the entire South Florida region. We specialize in rapid prototyping and product optimization while offering a complete array of in-house 3D services that bring flexible manufacturing options to any business, no matter how big or small. We work with almost any material and, no matter what the idea may be, we help bring your products from concept to market as quickly and efficiently as possible, all while minimizing your costs as much as possible!
We have an awesome in-house team of highly-specialized experts that include engineers, graphic designers, manufacturing technicians, marketers, and more. If you’re ever in the downtown West Palm Beach area, stop by our office and say hello! We’ll give you a tour of our place and, who knows, maybe we’ll throw in a 3D print as well!
3D printing is a process of making real objects, prototypes, product samples, and 3D marketing materials from 3D digital designs. The actual design comes from CAD (Computer Aided Design) software and can be saved in a variety of CAD file formats which are then uploaded to a special 3D printer for manufacture. The printer then prints the object through a process called additive layering, where the object is printed layer by layer until it groups into its final form.
The benefits of 3D printing are vast and is the reason why the 3D printing sector has boomed in the past few years. 3D printing allows you to significantly reduce lead and production times. It also decreases research, design, and production costs. Moreover, it massively decreases iteration times and, in the end, simply maximizes the profits of your business. It provides a much more cost-effective and time-saving solution compared to traditional manufacturing techniques.
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The applications of 3D printing are vast and can be used in industries such as aerospace, automotive, civil, architectural, marine, medical, manufacturing, and more.
There is simply so much you can do with 3D printing, giving you powerful capabilities that allow you to:
- Create spare parts
- Execute rapid prototyping
- Quickly detect machine/product flaws
- Rapidly bring ideas to market
- Produce beautiful 3D marketing materials
- Achieve full-product optimization
- Create patent-ready samples
- Prepare same-day product samples to share with investors
- Offer full customization for your clients
- Create replacement parts for legacy systems
- And so much more.
That depends on the particular project, but generally our projects take anywhere from 24 hours to a few weeks. In just a few hours, we can 3D scan your object and upload it as a CAD design. In a few weeks, we can take your product idea, no matter how vague, and turn it into a design, get it 3D printed, and even aid you in patenting your design. We customize our work to each client, so contact us to find out how long your project will take.
That’s all compared to traditional manufacturing, which entails a very long process that can take months. 3D printing is much less expensive and, in the end, allows you to create a product that you can easily fix or change. 3D printing offers much more flexibility, faster turnaround times, and infinitely less costs than traditional manufacturing.
We offer free consultations for any of your projects, so just shoot us a message or call and we’ll give you a timeline and a price.
- Anywhere from sixty to a few thousand dollars, depending on your project. However, compared to traditional manufacturing, the costs are far less. Any project with a normal manufacturer can be up to five times as more expensive.
Since we own and operate various 3D printer types, we’re much more flexible than other 3D printing companies. Among the materials we’re able to print are:
- PLA — cheap, resistant, biodegradable materials, and the most common material used in the industry.
- ABS — the second most common material used in 3D printing. Provides increased strength and resistance.
Different types of plastics
- Metals — like stainless steel, bronze, and copper. In general, anything but titanium and tin.
- PETG — a water- and salt-resistant material commonly used in the marine industry
- Carbon fiber — extremely strong yet super light
- Check out our full Glossary of 3D Printed Terms Here.
- Our 3D printing technology, along with the highly specialized expertise of our engineers and designers, allow us to print objects from just a few centimeters across, to objects as big as 6’x4’x4’ for a single piece. In other words, we can print anything from the comparable size of a tiny jewelry piece to the body of a pickup truck.
3D scanning is the process of measuring the exact geometry of a physical object using a device called a 3D scanner. The 3D scanner provides a fully accurate copy of just about anything, including objects, people, and even entire rooms. The scanner is not limited to geometric shapes but also copies the entire palette of the object’s colors in high-definition.
After scanning, the digital copy would be exported as a file that is used in CAD (computer-aided design). At this point, you can modify the design and prepare it for print.
3D scanning can be applied in a wide variety of ways allowing you to create highly-precise digital designs, develop mockups, facilitate rapid prototyping, execute quick first-article inspections, enforce MROs (Maintenance, Repair and Overhauls), perform reverse engineering, and more.
When it’s all said and done, 3D scanning allows you to save time, minimize cost, achieve rapid time to market, create custom parts, build precise prototypes and 3D models, build better product, and more.
Rapid prototyping is an automated process of quickly constructing scale models of physical objects, parts, or assemblies using 3D CAD design. The actual manufacture of the prototype is done using 3D printers while the design is conducted beforehand using CAD.
The entire purpose of rapid prototyping lies in guiding a product idea from concept to market as quickly and cheaply as possible. The implications of rapid prototyping allow you to quickly bring your ideas to market, significantly save on manufacturing, decrease time and effort, determine product viability, fully optimize product designs, and more.
CAD, which stands for Computer Aided Design, is the process of using computer technology for designing and shaping 3D objects to prepare for production and 3D print. Before you print or manufacture anything, it will require a CAD design process.
The applications of CAD design are truly astounding. Whether it’s the design of computers, phones, cars, buildings, furniture, household equipment, containers, or any other manufactured products, they went through a CAD design process.
In addition, with CAD design, you can run highly accurate simulations for your product. You can learn exactly what features your product should have. You can conduct reverse engineering to learn how any mechanism or product works. You can make faster design decisions and solve almost any engineering-related problem. You can conduct patent design, prototype design, product development, and so much more.
- Because of our versatile experience, our 3D scanning and printing technology, and our solid team of designers, engineers, marketers, and manufacturing technicians, we’re able to offer our expertise and help you with all your parts/product design, optimization, and manufacturing needs.
The scope of our consultation services focus on three main areas that include product prototyping, engineering & functionality, and business development.
Product prototyping: Our experienced team can take your product idea, whether it’s on paper or still in your mind, and turn it into a digital file to design and print. The applications of this are numerous and can be applied to:
- Invention ideas
- Improvements on existing projects
- Working out full product customization
- Creating single custom accessories
- Quickly preparing product samples for potential investors and partners
- And more!
Our highly specialized expertise and in-house team will help you accomplish your goals, no matter what they may be!
Engineering & functionality: Our in-house team of engineers provide engineering and functionality consultation, to help you fully optimize your products and get them to market ready and with maximum appeal to your customers. We bring to the table more than a decade of experience and can do:
- Full product optimization
- Complete design and development of your product ideas
- Optimal functionality for your products
- Small-run manufacturing to test your product in market before full manufacturing
Business development (with our CEO John Calloway): Our CEO and has highly-specialized knowledge when it comes to the general business and product strategies.
We don’t just excel in the technical aspects of our work; we also get the ‘big picture’ of business and help you develop fully-customized strategies unique to your particular business and products.
When it’s all said and done, even a perfect product means nothing without a well-developed business strategy, and this is exactly where we can help!