Industrial 3D Printing for Prototyping and Production

Industrial 3D Printing for Prototyping and Production


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 checklists
associated with absolutely everything our folks who are preparing builds to go
onto 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 and weight
adds fuel and cost so reduction of components is very key in the aerospace
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 diecast 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 stockpiling 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’re
turning product design iteration times around in days instead of weeks ready to
elevate your product development cycle with industrial 3d printing get one to
50 plus prototypes and production parts in as fast as one day at proto labs if
you have a CAD model ready upload it today at proto labs comm for an instant
quote with real time pricing info and design feedback

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