Industrial 3D printing is changing the way companies develop products and devices with prototypes in hand within days designers and engineers can iterate and validate designs faster than ever before and since parts are manufactured in commercial-grade materials 3D printing is even being used as a production method for and used components.
So how does the technology work where does it fit in product development cycles and how can you leverage 3D printing to its fullest potential we really take pride in making better quality parts than anybody running even the same equipment that we’re running we take an approach that we want to be able to manufacture the same part.
Across all machines and the way that we manage that is through just rigorous preventative maintenance on our equipment we constantly make improvements to our maintenance schedules our calibration routines on the machines we’re really pushing our ultimate goal which is to build a part across an array of machines with the same outcome we have check lists associated with absolutely everything .
Our folks who are preparing builds to go on to the machines know what removing the support structures are breaking out apart from the machine is like so they know what the end product is going to be so they get a better understanding of why this person set the part of that way why this little piece of support structure is where you don’t want it to be.
Because it’s hard to get to well there’s a reason for it and we make sure our people understand where this come from once your order is placed it’s reviewed for issues by by technical staff and we’re performing offsets to the CAD file to ensure the parts as accurate as possible depending on the printing tech we’re adding support structure to the part to capture.
all the down facing surfaces possibly tilting the part to control warping issues.it’s then sliced into the thousands of layers and that has been pushed out to the printer for the part we built among 3D print processes out there all of them Stella Fogg Rafi really excels in small feature resolution and tight tolerances and smooth surface finishes sterile a thug Rafi was very early on adopted by the medical industry .
So we do a wide range of medical devices medical instruments probably the largest benefit of SLS specifically is the fact that this is an actual thermoplastic material so it exhibits much better mechanical properties a large percentage of our parts or customers that are doing injection molding but they realize they can take advantage of the reduction of components with snapped it’s living hinges SLS.
You see more induce functional prototypes where maybe surface quality is much of a desire for the customer when they want to do good form and fit functional testing a good use of DMLs technology is reduction of components so any way that you can reduce the assembly time reduce the part count it’s going to in turn reduce the cost of the process anything that goes up in the air adds weight.
Weight adds fuel and cost so reduction of components is very key in the aero space industry for that reason the density of the DMLs parts is going to be very comparable to a billet or machined metal part strength properties and all the different specifications are also going to be very close to what you would see out of a machine or die cast part we differentiate ourselves from desktop 3D printers .
Because we’re running industrial level equipment and we have a process engineering staff that maintains the process and the machines to a very high level and we’re able to produce very high quality parts with that our very reproducible order to orbiter and customer to customer prototypes is a technology agnostic company .
We have over 70 pieces of industrial 3D printing equipment we are open to using any manufacturers equipment assuming it meets the guidelines and quality WI for our customers an advantage many of our customers get from this technology is the reduction in inventory they need on hand rather than stock piling a ton of parts in multiple.
Years in advance they can pour on demand as needed product development is first and foremost quick turnaround getting near fully functional parts right off the machines that you’returning product design iteration times around in days instead of weeks .
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