3D Printing for Beginners

Types of 3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials & 3D Slicing Software

Getting Started

WHICH 3D Printing Method?

Congratulations, you have taken the first steps to creating your new invention or part. 3D Printing  / Additive manufacturing is an exciting technology and rapidly growing as more manufacturers adopt this new way of producing.  

Step 1 - 3D Modelling

Design & Model your 3D Product - Make sure you determine the materials required based its required properties. Use the recommeded software to design your project - or talk to one of our Engineers about converting your sketch into a 3D Scan compatible with our 3D Slicing Software. Contact Our Team about Your Project >

Step 2 - Choose Your 3D Medium

Plastic, Carbon Fiber or Metal. See the details below to help you make your choice. See the list below >

Step 2 - Get 3D Printing

Our team can help you get your project printed in as little a a couple of days. Talk to us about your project to get a quote send us an email here.

Plastic 3D Printing

Carbon Fiber 3D Printing 

Metal 3D Printing

3d Printing for Beginners

PLASTIC 3d printing


The 3D Printer that we use is a Raise3D Pro2 Printer. Dual extruders enable the 3D printer to produce objects with multiple filaments, such as a water-soluble 3D printing material, and multiple colors. Performance capability of high resolution for manufacturing and rapid-prototyping projects of varying sizes within an allocated budget.  

3D Printing Mediums / Materials:

Raise3D Pro2 - materials for plastic 3D Printing - PLA, ABS, ASA, PETG.

Recommended Software:

Raise 3D Pro2 works with ideaMaker  which is a free 3D Slicing software, preparing your design for the printer

Taking A Closer

COMPOSITE 3d printinG


Composite 3D Printing technology that we use is a Markforged X7 Printer, that prints in Carbon Fiber. The X7 3D prints Continuous Carbon Fiber reinforced parts in a matter of hours. These parts very strong, and they are capable of replacing machined aluminum. It's functionality includes flame resistance, chemical resistence, and absorbs energy output with high resolution and provides draft parts. 

3D Printing Medium / Materials:

The Markforged X7 uses Nylon Carbon Fiber Hybrid internal continuous fiber.

Recommended Software:

 Eiger Cloud  - 3D Slicing Software

Taking A Closer look at

Metal 3d printing


The 3D Printer that we use is a Markforged Metal X  Printer. This is an end-to-end 3D Printing Solution that is suitable for functional parts - composed of metal

3D Printing Mediums / Materials:

  • 17-4PH Stainless Steel - containing approximately 15–17.5% chromium and 3–5% nickel, as well as 3–5% copper.
  • Copper - durable, corrosion resistant, weatherproof, and enhances electrical efficiency. 
  • Inconel 625 - nickel-based superalloy - high strength properties and resistant to higher temperatures. 
  • A2 Tool Steel - A2 is a 5% Chromium steel which provides high hardness after heat treatment with good dimensional stability. It is heat treatable and will offer a hardness in the range 57-62 HRC.
  • D2 Tool Steel -  is 12% chrome, it has very high resistance against wear due to a high volume of hard carbides in its  composition. It is good for stability and compression.
  • Tool Steel H13 - H13 tool steel exhibits high strength at higher temperatures, toughness and resistant to hot cracking  and is able to be water-cooled. 

Recommended Software: 

Eiger Cloud  - 3D Slicing Software

We help you bring your 3D Printing Project to realisation

Supporting businesses to Discover, Design and Develop, reliable and profitable additive manufacturing components sustaining their performance at their highest capacity.

3D Modelling

Conceptually having a tangible object can help you through the creative process. Retrocast 3D Printing will construct concept models that mimic the appearance of production-run parts.
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Test Your 3D Concept  

Display your design and relay the marketability of your product. Create a market for your product before production. Send your 3D Concept to Retrocast 3D Printing to explore your options and get a quote. 
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3D Performance Testing

We can test your new product is doable prior to full production. Rapid prototyping services allows us to test the form, fit, and function of your prototype.

 Ensuring durability and quality. 
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Australia-Wide Delivery for Your 3D Printing Projects

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