Producing metal parts in a powder bed fusion process is proving to be a game changer in the energy sector, where it generates new opportunities to produce previously impossible geometries in internal cooling channels or undercuts that are used in all sorts of heat exchangers and turbine generator systems.
How do you economically produce huge parts with intricate geometry that has a tendency to warp but must withstand critical applications in a demanding environment? Here’s the answer.
Here are five important aspects of the design and manufacturing process that everyone should understand to properly and successfully implement metal additive manufacturing within your company.
Because metal additive manufacturing processes are complex and require extensive material and process knowledge, it can be difficult for a metal fabricator to see how or when 3D printing might fit. To help make sense of it all, let’s consider the basics of additive manufacturing and 3D printing and how it all relates to metal fabrication.
The durability and strength of metal, coupled with a nimble approach to product development and reduced lead times, are driving the widespread adoption of metal additive manufacturing for orthopedic care and prosthetics. Here is one example where 3D metal printing recently proved to be a truly lifesaving process.
Magnet Applications and ORNL have 3D printed NdFeB magnets that outperform traditional bonded magnets, and with less waste.
They are developing software that streamlines the design and preparation of metal parts that are 3D printed using laser metal fusion.
This site will produce titanium alloys for additive manufacturing and certain high-end thermal spray powders.
The TruPrint 1000 laser metal fusion system from TRUMPF is a perfect fit for job shops, medical or dental customers, or for R&D environments.
Additive manufacturing enables layer-by-layer processes to fabricate three-dimensional products. See the continued improvements in materials and processes that are producing more industrial additive solutions than ever.
The spindle-powered wireless 3D Print Head from Hurco enables shops with no solid modeling experience to transform their WinMax part programs into a 3D printed rapid prototype directly on their CNC machine.