Additive manufacturing or 3D printing is based on the construction of a layer-by-layer 3D physical model of a material, based on the geometry extracted from a 3D design file. By additive manufacturing we understand 3D printing technologies that offer materials and finishes options aimed at the production of parts and assemblies.
Main applications for additive manufacturing:
Fabrication of functional prototypes to validate the performance, reliability and assembly methods of products.
Fabrication of low volume parts and assemblies for pre-production or final production.
Fabrication of tooling and equipment for the assembly and tests during production.
Different technologies available to meet your project engineering needs:
Laser sintering, also known as selective laser sintering (SLS), is one of the most versatile and widely used 3D printing technologies – you can find parts made using this technique in aircraft, mobile devices, machine components, and production tools.
HP has created high expectations in the 3D printing industry with the announcement of Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) technology. Discover this new technology ideal for those projects with short lead times and where low porosity and excellent surface quality are required in low-volume series and functional prototypes.
Metal 3D printing occupies a unique position in modern product development. It enables the direct manufacture of complex end-use parts and facilitates the production of tools for traditional manufacturing technologies, reducing costs and lead times.
List of the main materials that you can choose from to build your functional prototypes.
Polyamide or Nylon is an ideal material for functional applications thanks to its excellent mechanical properties and high resistance to abrasion and chemical attack.
Polyamide with fiberglass particles, thus increasing the mechanical and thermal properties of the material
Elastomer with the look and feel of natural rubber. Available in different hardnesses.
Stainless steel has excellent strength, high ductility, and good thermal properties. Very resistant to corrosion.
It stands out for its versatility and low weight while maintaining good mechanical properties.
Excellent mechanical properties with a very low specific weight. Resistant to corrosion and biocompatible.
Different finishing options for your parts:
As they come out of the 3D printer, the parts are cleaned and polished.
The pieces are immersed in a dye bath with the desired pigment.
Polished and spray painted parts to match a specified color. Primer can be applied to improve adhesion.
Printed parts are placed in a sealed container filled with acetone or other solution. The solution interacts with the material and melts the plastic in a slow and controlled way to create a super smooth model.
It consists of placing a thin layer of metal on the surface of the piece. The most commonly used metals for plating are gold, silver and nickel, but there are other plating options such as chrome plating and galvanizing.
A sealant is applied on the surface for parts to get hermetic and watertight parts.
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