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3D Printing

Additive manufacturing is the process of creating an object by building it one layer at a time.
Additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3D printing, makes it easier to create small quantities of an item, with high quality, the perfect opportunity for entrepreneurs, and small or growing businesses.

3DNFC uses rare earth neodymium magnets.

3DNFC uses rare earth neodymium magnets. The magnets we use are nickel-plated to resist corrosion are super-strong, and ideal for shop and everyday use.

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Our standard 3D printing filament types are PLA, NYLON, TPU (Flexible filament), PETG, Copper-look, and Wood Filled PLA.

TPU Material

Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU material) is a flexible, abrasion-resistant thermoplastic. It’s being used in a number of manufacturing processes for both consumer and industrial use. TPU material offers many benefits and features, parts 3D printed with TPU are durable and have the ability to withstand ambient temperatures of up to 80°C or 176°F. Learn more about TPU.

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Rapid prototyping is the group of techniques used to quickly fabricate a scale model of a physical part or assembly using three-dimensional computer-aided design (CAD) data. Because these parts or assemblies are usually constructed using additive fabrication techniques as opposed to traditional subtractive methods, the phrase has become synonymous with additive manufacturing and 3D printing.

Prototypes are useful for design improvement, as stepping stones to full production, or for engineering testing. They are meant to be quick and economical, without the need for investment in hard tooling. Many clients need to produce a physical part quickly in order to validate a design or to capture a fleeting sales opportunity.

Rapid prototyping helps companies turn ideas into realistic, high-fidelity proofs of concept that look and work like final products, and guides these products through a series of validation stages toward mass production.

What is filament in 3D printing? filament

3D printing filament is the thermoplastic feedstock for fused deposition modeling 3D printers. There are many types of filament available with different properties, requiring different print procedures.

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FDM Technology works with specialized 3D printers and production-grade thermoplastics to build strong, durable, and dimensionally stable parts with the best accuracy and repeatability of any 3D printing technology.

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Fused deposition modeling is an additive manufacturing technology commonly used for modeling, prototyping, and production applications. It is one of the techniques used for 3D printing. FDM works by laying down material in layers; a plastic filament or composite wire is unwound from a coil and supplies material to produce a part.

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  • The technology is clean and eco-friendly.
  • Supported production-grade thermoplastics are mechanically and environmentally stable.
  • Complex geometries and cavities that would otherwise be problematic become practical with 3D printing technology.

The advantages of additive manufacturing are vast. With traditional manufacturing, setup costs mean producing small quantities is not cost-effective. In comparison, additive manufacturing setup costs are minimal, so creating just a handful of objects becomes more reasonable.
Without the setup costs of creating a new product, entrepreneurs can quickly manufacture objects, parts, and solutions to see if they work as needed.

PLA is a fully biodegradable thermoplastic polymer consisting of renewable raw materials. PLA is one of the most environmentally friendly filaments on the market today.
PLA plastic or polylactic acid is a vegetable-based plastic material, derived from crops such as corn and sugarcane, making PLA renewable and most importantly biodegradable. This material is a thermoplastic aliphatic polyester and it is the primary natural raw material used in 3D printing.

With 3D printed objects, greater strength can be accomplished. This is due to the perimeters encapsulating the entire object and passing loads throughout without disruptions in the path. The Infill that is inside also assists in taking the load and spreading it through the entire print and thus reducing stress concentrations. This enables prints to be exceptionally strong in compression, and to a lesser degree, tension. Depending on the infill rates and material used on a print, the forces necessary to cause damage might be well in excess of what an average adult could exert.

The 3D printing process was devised in the 1980s and was initially called ‘rapid prototyping’. It enabled companies to speedily develop prototypes to precise specifications. Nowadays, its uses are far more diverse.

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Contactless

QR Codes

QR or Quick Response Codes are a type of two-dimensional barcode that can be read using smartphones and dedicated QR reading devices, that link directly to text, emails, websites, phone numbers, and more.

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ecommerce

Rapid prototyping is the group of techniques used to quickly fabricate a scale model of a physical part or assembly using three-dimensional computer-aided design (CAD) data. Because these parts or assemblies are usually constructed using additive fabrication techniques as opposed to traditional subtractive methods, the phrase has become synonymous with additive manufacturing and 3D printing.

Prototypes are useful for design improvement, as stepping stones to full production, or for engineering testing. They are meant to be quick and economical, without the need for investment in hard tooling. Many clients need to produce a physical part quickly in order to validate a design or to capture a fleeting sales opportunity.

Rapid prototyping helps companies turn ideas into realistic, high-fidelity proofs of concept that look and work like final products, and guides these products through a series of validation stages toward mass production.

Additive Manufacturing, commonly known as 3D printing, makes it easier to create small quantities of an item, with high quality, the perfect opportunity for entrepreneurs, and small or growing businesses.

Low Volume Manufacturing is an increasingly popular option for many product categories, allowing for a more limited investment in tooling and materials while providing quick access to markets, rapid response to shorter product life cycles, and as a bridge between initial prototypes and high-volume production.

At 3DNFC.com, our Low Volume Manufacturing solution involves the 3D Printing of as few as 10 units- a perfect opportunity for small businesses and entrepreneurs to build prototypes, establish a unique brand presence, and test out their market strategies before considering full volume production.

Ready to start manufacturing your own unique products and solutions?

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In commerce, a supply chain is a system of organizations, people, activities, information, and resources involved in supplying a product or service to a consumer.
We can help you fill gaps in your supply chain with on-brand 3D Printed solutions that fit your identity.

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A product line is a group of related products all marketed under a single brand name that is sold by the same company. Companies sell multiple product lines under their various brand names, seeking to distinguish them from each other for better usability for consumers.

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Product Collections are product bundles that contain an assortment of several sets that usually belong to a common theme or have a common subject.

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One of the Advantages Of Making A Prototype includes showing your customers and investors a physical model of your product.

There are numerous benefits to partnering with 3DNFC to manufacture a prototype to help you and your business.
Here are just some of the ways:

  1. Show your customers and investors a physical model of your product
  2. Demonstrate the appearance, dimensions, and features of your product
  3. Test the market with your product before production
  4. Save time and money by identifying and reducing design flaws
  5. Improve and streamline the production process
  6. Create multiple versions with different colors, surface textures, and finishing processes
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Here are just some of the ways low-volume manufacturing can help you and your business.

  1. Create a bridge between a few prototypes and full-scale production
  2. Reduce cost with lower minimum order values
  3. Provide rapid access to emerging markets
  4. Respond quickly to shorter product life cycles
  5. Allow for faster design changes
  6. Lower financial exposure
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Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing is the process of creating an object by building it one layer at a time.
Additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3D printing, makes it easier to create small quantities of an item, with high quality, the perfect opportunity for entrepreneurs, and small or growing businesses.

Our standard 3D printing filament types are PLA, NYLON, TPU (Flexible filament), PETG, Copper-look, and Wood Filled PLA.

Rapid prototyping is the group of techniques used to quickly fabricate a scale model of a physical part or assembly using three-dimensional computer-aided design (CAD) data. Because these parts or assemblies are usually constructed using additive fabrication techniques as opposed to traditional subtractive methods, the phrase has become synonymous with additive manufacturing and 3D printing.

Prototypes are useful for design improvement, as stepping stones to full production, or for engineering testing. They are meant to be quick and economical, without the need for investment in hard tooling. Many clients need to produce a physical part quickly in order to validate a design or to capture a fleeting sales opportunity.

Rapid prototyping helps companies turn ideas into realistic, high-fidelity proofs of concept that look and work like final products, and guides these products through a series of validation stages toward mass production.

Additive Manufacturing, commonly known as 3D printing, makes it easier to create small quantities of an item, with high quality, the perfect opportunity for entrepreneurs, and small or growing businesses.

Low Volume Manufacturing is an increasingly popular option for many product categories, allowing for a more limited investment in tooling and materials while providing quick access to markets, rapid response to shorter product life cycles, and as a bridge between initial prototypes and high-volume production.

At 3DNFC.com, our Low Volume Manufacturing solution involves the 3D Printing of as few as 10 units- a perfect opportunity for small businesses and entrepreneurs to build prototypes, establish a unique brand presence, and test out their market strategies before considering full volume production.

Ready to start manufacturing your own unique products and solutions?

Categories: ecommerce, Manufacturing

In commerce, a supply chain is a system of organizations, people, activities, information, and resources involved in supplying a product or service to a consumer.
We can help you fill gaps in your supply chain with on-brand 3D Printed solutions that fit your identity.

Categories: ecommerce, Manufacturing

A product line is a group of related products all marketed under a single brand name that is sold by the same company. Companies sell multiple product lines under their various brand names, seeking to distinguish them from each other for better usability for consumers.

Categories: ecommerce, Manufacturing

Product Collections are product bundles that contain an assortment of several sets that usually belong to a common theme or have a common subject.

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You can pay for groceries securely, exchange photos with a friend, discover special retail offers, keep track of fitness stats, enjoy an interactive exhibit, or expedite travel. New uses for NFC are being developed every day.

What can I do with NFC? filament
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  • The technology is clean and eco-friendly.
  • Supported production-grade thermoplastics are mechanically and environmentally stable.
  • Complex geometries and cavities that would otherwise be problematic become practical with 3D printing technology.

One of the Advantages Of Making A Prototype includes showing your customers and investors a physical model of your product.

There are numerous benefits to partnering with 3DNFC to manufacture a prototype to help you and your business.
Here are just some of the ways:

  1. Show your customers and investors a physical model of your product
  2. Demonstrate the appearance, dimensions, and features of your product
  3. Test the market with your product before production
  4. Save time and money by identifying and reducing design flaws
  5. Improve and streamline the production process
  6. Create multiple versions with different colors, surface textures, and finishing processes
Categories: ecommerce, Manufacturing

Here are just some of the ways low-volume manufacturing can help you and your business.

  1. Create a bridge between a few prototypes and full-scale production
  2. Reduce cost with lower minimum order values
  3. Provide rapid access to emerging markets
  4. Respond quickly to shorter product life cycles
  5. Allow for faster design changes
  6. Lower financial exposure
Categories: ecommerce, Manufacturing

The advantages of additive manufacturing are vast. With traditional manufacturing, setup costs mean producing small quantities is not cost-effective. In comparison, additive manufacturing setup costs are minimal, so creating just a handful of objects becomes more reasonable.
Without the setup costs of creating a new product, entrepreneurs can quickly manufacture objects, parts, and solutions to see if they work as needed.

PLA is a fully biodegradable thermoplastic polymer consisting of renewable raw materials. PLA is one of the most environmentally friendly filaments on the market today.
PLA plastic or polylactic acid is a vegetable-based plastic material, derived from crops such as corn and sugarcane, making PLA renewable and most importantly biodegradable. This material is a thermoplastic aliphatic polyester and it is the primary natural raw material used in 3D printing.

With 3D printed objects, greater strength can be accomplished. This is due to the perimeters encapsulating the entire object and passing loads throughout without disruptions in the path. The Infill that is inside also assists in taking the load and spreading it through the entire print and thus reducing stress concentrations. This enables prints to be exceptionally strong in compression, and to a lesser degree, tension. Depending on the infill rates and material used on a print, the forces necessary to cause damage might be well in excess of what an average adult could exert.

Most items ship 2-3 days after receipt of payment. We ship within the United States via USPS unless otherwise noted.

Most items ship 2-3 days after receipt of payment and include tracking.
We ship within the United States via USPS unless otherwise noted. Depending on their size, weight, and fragility, products are likely to be shipped via one of the following methods:

First-Class Mail®

  1. Standard-sized, rectangular envelope– (The USPS does not provide tracking on this service.)
  2. Large envelopes or Bubble Mailer– (The USPS does not provide tracking on this service.)
  3. First-Class Package– items up to 13 oz. Includes tracking.

Priority Mail™ Small Flat Rate Box

USPS-Produced Box: 8-5/8″ x 5-3/8″ x 1-5/8″- includes tracking

Priority Mail™ Medium Flat Rate Box

USPS-Produced Box: 13-5/8″ x 11-7/8″ x 3-3/8″ or 11″ x 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″- includes tracking

Standard Packaging

Standard packaging is the minimum package size available for safely shipping your product(s). The package type may change when a product is broken down into smaller quantities.

Shipping times and rates may vary by product. You will receive a confirmation email when your shipment is mailed.

View our Shipping Policy.

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materials

3DNFC uses rare earth neodymium magnets.

3DNFC uses rare earth neodymium magnets. The magnets we use are nickel-plated to resist corrosion are super-strong, and ideal for shop and everyday use.

Categories: 3D Printing, materials

NFC

NXP’s NTAG213 chip is the most popular NFC chip for use with NFC tags and mobile phones. It’s full-featured and has more than enough memory for most applications and web addresses. Therefore, the costs associated with the mass production of this chip and tags with this chip mean that it’s a great value chip.

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The location of a phone’s NFC touch-point or “sweet spot” varies by manufacturer, although it is typically found on the back or top edge of the phone. To determine where the NFC touch-point is positioned on your specific phone, please consult your owner’s manual.

Where Is The NFC Touch-Point On My Smartphone? filament

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NFC Tags work properly between -20° and 70° Celsius / between -4° and 158° Fahrenheit.

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NDEF (NFC Data Exchange Format)

The NFC Data Exchange Format (NDEF) is a standardized data format that can be used to exchange information between any compatible NFC device and another NFC device or tag. The data format consists of NDEF Messages and NDEF Records. The standard is maintained by the NFC Forum and is freely available.

Source: Adafruit

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An NFC tag is an unpowered microchip that is embedded in a product label, retail display, a smart poster, or most places where you see this symbol (N-Mark). With just a tap from your smartphone or other NFC-enabled device, NFC tags deliver enhanced product information, activate special offers, and power interactive experiences at museums or sports events.

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Whenever you see the N-Mark symbol, it means, “tap here” to learn more or to activate an NFC transaction or experience. You’ll find this symbol on NFC-enabled devices, in apps that support NFC, and on touchpoints around town and around the world.

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NFC stands for Near Field Communication. NFC is only activated when your phone or other smart device is right next to a terminal or an NFC tag so you have complete control over what you choose to connect to.

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NFC (Near Field Communication) technology makes your smart device smarter. It allows you to connect to a world of convenience, information, and enhanced experiences with just one tap.

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You can pay for groceries securely, exchange photos with a friend, discover special retail offers, keep track of fitness stats, enjoy an interactive exhibit, or expedite travel. New uses for NFC are being developed every day.

What can I do with NFC? filament
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On NTAG21x, there are 4 bytes allocated to the password.
The range is 00 00 00 00 to FF FF FF FF, which means there are 4 294 967 296 possibilities.
For example, on an NFC reader which takes 200ms to communicate with the chip, it will take approximately 27 years to brute force the password.

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Probably! Android devices have supported NFC since the early days of the smartphone, but Apple chose to withhold support on the iPhone. However, when the company unveiled Apple Pay, a contactless payment system enabled by NFC, they began including these wireless chips on iPhones.

Before iOS 11, the company limited its use just to Apple Pay. However, iPhone models from the iPhone 7 and newer running iOS 13 and above now support contactless payments, the ability to read NFC tags, and the capability to write them, too.

This brings both mobile platforms into step with one another, allowing you to use NFC on most Android smartphones or iPhone.

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The consumption of the NFC sensor is almost irrelevant. In addition, it consumes battery only when it is in use, similar to GPS. This feature allows you to leave the NFC sensor-enabled, with no problems for the consumption of the battery.

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Forever. Or at least until they are destroyed or damaged. The information can be rewritten, but also protected or encrypted.

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Bluetooth technology eliminates the use of cables to connect to your devices to one another. NFC technology is designed to work with Bluetooth. A simple tap will pair NFC and NFC-enabled Bluetooth devices for ongoing connectivity.

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Your Smart Object endpoints can be easily updated from any web-connected device. Login to your 3DNFC account, go to My Account/Account details-Update NFC object.

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During setup, go to your setting menu, look for NFC (sometimes listed under “more”), turn it on, and you’re ready to go. There are no apps to download or codes to enter. And NFC does not drain your battery.

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No, NFC Tags do not require power. They are in fact triggered by the magnetic field of the NFC sensor. NFC Tags are, from this point of view, potentially eternal.

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Comparing NFC Chips

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NTAG203 VS NTAG213

These two NFC Chips are very similar: they belong to the same family (NTAG®) and both have universal compatibility with all NFC smartphones and tablets.

Specifically, however, the NTAG213 chip is the new version of the NTAG203: it has more memory and some more functions, such as the scan counter and the password lock.

Currently, the NTAG203 chip is out of production, precisely because it has been replaced by the NTAG213. If you have developed applications or systems using the NTAG203 as a reference, you can still use the NTAG213 chip without problems.

NTAG213 VS NTAG216

The two chips are both NTAG®, so compatibility is universal with NFC smartphones and tablets. They are both equipped with 7-byte UIDs and support NTAG21x functions (such as password lock and scan counter).

The substantial difference between the two chips is the available memory: the NTAG213 has 144 bytes available, while the NTAG216 has 888 bytes. For this reason, the NTAG216 chip is privileged to contain contacts in V-Card format, with many fields, or when it is required that the chip contains more information.

For the same reason, the NTAG216 chip is more expensive. If you have no particular needs regarding memory, the NTAG213 chip is fine.

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Only some NFC chips support hardware encryption encoding. Below are the most common chips, with relative cryptography supported.

MIFARE® DESFire® (DES, 2K3DES, 3K3DES, AES)
NXP ICODE® DNA (AES 128 bit)
MIFARE Ultralight® C (3DES)
NTAG® 4xx DNA (AES-based CMAC)
MIFARE Classic® (not safe, not recommended)

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Privacy

Yes, your information is safe on our site. 3DNFC.com uses encrypted https to protect your information while on our site, and trusted third-party platforms to secure your transactions. Learn more about our Privacy Policy.

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Shipping

Most items ship 2-3 days after receipt of payment. We ship within the United States via USPS unless otherwise noted.

Most items ship 2-3 days after receipt of payment and include tracking.
We ship within the United States via USPS unless otherwise noted. Depending on their size, weight, and fragility, products are likely to be shipped via one of the following methods:

First-Class Mail®

  1. Standard-sized, rectangular envelope– (The USPS does not provide tracking on this service.)
  2. Large envelopes or Bubble Mailer– (The USPS does not provide tracking on this service.)
  3. First-Class Package– items up to 13 oz. Includes tracking.

Priority Mail™ Small Flat Rate Box

USPS-Produced Box: 8-5/8″ x 5-3/8″ x 1-5/8″- includes tracking

Priority Mail™ Medium Flat Rate Box

USPS-Produced Box: 13-5/8″ x 11-7/8″ x 3-3/8″ or 11″ x 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″- includes tracking

Standard Packaging

Standard packaging is the minimum package size available for safely shipping your product(s). The package type may change when a product is broken down into smaller quantities.

Shipping times and rates may vary by product. You will receive a confirmation email when your shipment is mailed.

View our Shipping Policy.

Categories: Manufacturing, Shipping
Tag: shipping
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