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Over the past three decades, 3D printing has evolved into a leading product processing of prototype parts. The winds of manufacturing have begun to change over time however industrial 3D printing has now encroached on machining, injection molding and other traditional manufacturing processes as well. This white paper explores new and existing technology leaders in the field and evaluates production capabilities for each 3D Printing process.
Many things have been made possible by 3D Printing technology, which are categorized according to the type of content they can use.
Plastic Product: - Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is a powder bed printing technology. It uses a laser to fuse small bits of nylon powder, creating geometry of layers of digitally cut CAD models. Because nylon is a durable and multi-use material and is used to make the entire part of the hot powder bed. Therefore, SLS is the first choice of many designers.
Metal Production: - Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) is a powder bed 3D printing technology. It is used as a fuse in the metal part to completely thicken the alloy of titanium, aluminum, cobalt chrome, stainless steel. This makes it easier to "draw" them from layer to layer. Support structures from curling or warping are required during the build process created at high temperatures. Because it is an array of equally complex aerospace and end-use medical parts.
Medical Equipment: - FDM 3D Printing can easily remove any type of thermoplastic. The same can be said for plastics such as PEEK or Altem. i.e. used for medical applications.
Mass Customization: - Thermoset resins are available in a variety of colors, and therefore SLA products are an excellent choice in a wide range of customized product lines. 3D printing is used, from making small batches of matching items with tweezers to razors to hearing aids. Although these products have low mechanical strength, they are durable for everyday use.
Internal components of the aircraft: -
The plastic part of 3D printing is suitable for aerospace aircraft interior applications.
The best example of this is Airbus. In 2018, the company has installed 3D-printed spacer panels on its commercial A320 aircraft. It is traditionally made using injection molding. This process is an expensive and complex process for low cost and high complexity.
Structural elements for defense systems: - 3D printing is changing the way military equipment is manufactured. When it comes to protection, the application is made up of complex brackets and small surveillance drones jet engine components as well as submarine hulls.
Tooling: - Aerospace companies benefit from 3D printing with tooling tools like jigs and fixtures. The new method of tooling production was reduced by 40%. This allows tools to be customized efficiently. This makes the operation of the operator even easier and as a result becomes a faster and more efficient product.
Spare parts: - 3D printing is used by spare parts providers to create custom parts and tooling, with technology helping to reduce working hours and simplify complex parts. This enables the company to quickly improve its turnover by producing spare parts for maintenance.
Funnily enough, the biggest cost in 3D printing is the raw material. Therefore, a large number of industry experts prefer 3D printing. Due to the popularity of 3D printing and the growing number of suppliers, the supply and demand of metal powder is changing drastically.