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No new product should skip the prototyping stage before its market roll-out. This stage produces many preliminary products which require a similar geometry and, frequently, also similar mechanical and chemical properties like those of the final product. This part is typically very lengthy, involving repeated processes, even if the added-value is only apparent in the final prototype. But this can change!
Creating new product prototypes brings together experienced designers and 3D printing specialists. They cooperate on the preparation of calculations and materials, saving priceless time that would otherwise be spent on conventional prototyping.
Each prototype is produced and subsequently tested in close cooperation and consultation with the customer, which ensures time and technology optimizations of the final product.
One of our industrial partners was looking to optimize the centre of gravity for one of its parts. His was asking for injection technology and a predetermined distribution of mass around the central axis.
The mould geometry was designed based on the technology intended for the production of the part in bigger batches. The prototype of the new mould was 3D-printed within several hours. After testing repeatability, and following further optimization and another mould print, the mould was ready for serial production.
The 3D-printed mould considerably reduced the time delay between the mould design and its serial production. This relieved the supply chain and increased our industrial partner’s competitiveness in terms of timely delivery of new parts.
The range of analytical methods available in the NCC for MATCA is too extensive to be fully outlined here. If you have any questions concerning a specific application, don’t hesitate to contact us.
The technology uses selective hardening of a part of a photopolymer bath, using a UV radiation source located below an LCD display which shields the exposed layer to create a desired shape. The hardening process goes layer-by-layer. This printing method is used for very detailed designs, with a very high surface quality and dimensional precision which is higher than that of FDM technologies. More >>
Machines in the consortium:
The printing process is based on the deposition of individual layers of molten thermoplastic that are supplied to the print head in the form a filament or granulate. After its application, the molten material cools down and solidifies. The resulting quality of the product relies on printer design quality and on how well the printing parameters are tuned to the thermoplastic and the printing machine used. More >>
Topological optimization enables us to achieve a more efficient use of material under mechanical load and use it only where you really needed it.
Are conventional manufacturing processes holding you back from achieving shorter delivery times or complex geometries? Whether it is plastics, metals or composites, 3D printing is here for you.
Schematic images of 3D printing technologies are used with the permission of Prof. Steffen Ritter.