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121 Hawkins Place, #144#
Boonton, NJ 07005
email: info@buildpl8.com

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buildPl8 is about new ways of producing your produts.

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Welcome to buildPl8

buildPl8 is an Additive Factory. We network together many 3d printers to produce factory level output for short-run products and parts. We can work with many industries since we do not require re-tooling or reconfiguring our floors for new projects.

Additive Manufacturing Servcies

First and foremost, buildPl8 is an Additive Factory. We can produce your short run (under 5,000 units) project in a variety of materials and can work directly from your CAD designs. This "on-demand" capacity can dramatically change how your supply chain works. Use us to make a part of your product that you would like to get cheaper or faster. We can impress you!

Design and Prototyping

Have a design you would like to prototype? Would you like to work with a buildPl8 designer to make your idea come to life? We do that too! buildPl8 can take you from concept to short run and keep your idea safe.

How do we do it?

buildPl8 networks together many 3d printers to complete your project. Depending on the size of your run, we can use two to ten printers to produe the desired output and delivery time. Because we are digital, and can properly estimate the time it will take to complete a version of your model, we can give you very accurate delivery dates.

Who do we work with?

We work with designers, manfuacturing companies looking to outsource discreet elements of their supply chain, other Additive Manufacturing companies, and people like you.

What materials do we work with?

PLA - Poly Lactic Acid

Made from organic material — specifically cornstarch and sugarcane. This makes the material both easier and safer to use, while giving it a smoother and shinier appearance that’s more aesthetically pleasing. The thermoplastic is also more pleasant on the nose, as the sugar-based material smells slightly sweet when heated opposed to the harsh smell often associated with ABS. However, while PLA might seem like a better overall choice at first glance, it features a far lower melting point than ABS. This means that using printed parts for mechanical operations, or even storing them in high-temperature locations, can result in the part warping, cracking, or melting. The material is also weaker than ABS, though, it can achieve a superior level of print detail and is less prone to errors while printing.

ABS Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene

Temperature:
Print at 210-240º C with a heated bed at 80º C or more.
ABS has a glass transition zone (the temperature that the plastic starts to soften at) of 105º C, and this matters because if you aimed to print something for use in your car, or perhaps a hot-drink coaster you don’t want it to start getting soft and drooping, unless you are aiming for a droopy print.
Print Performance:
Due to the nature of the plastic, ABS tends to be very easy to print with from a hot-end point of view – as in it’ll extrude beautifully from most hot-ends without fear of jamming or clogging. However it’s a little more difficult to deal with once it has been extruded, since it loves to shrink as it cools. The shrinkage can cause issues with the part lifting from the bed, or the layers cracking or splitting as the height of the object increases. For this reason it’s an absolute must to print ABS on a heated bed, and preferably within an enclosed-case printer. At the very least, print in a room that’s not too cold and one that is without drafts which might accelerate the cooling and therefore the shrinkage.
ABS can be printed very quickly and is very forgiving of large and/or rapid retraction settings, it resists stringing so very little retraction is usually necessary.

TPU - Thermoplastic Polyurethane

TPU 3D printing filament is a soft flexible plastic that retains its shape and form. It is a bendable yet strong and durable plastic that draws comparisons to rubber. TPU filament is semi-transparent as well as very elastic. TPU plastic is also very resistant to oils and grease but must be kept away from solvents, acids, and fuels. Cleaning a printed part is easy and can be accomplished with mild soap.