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Additive manufacturing can be used to create various industrial goods. When we talk about Industrial goods, we talk about all these products that are used for the production of other goods or services. How can 3D printing become a real asset to manufacture these products? How can it improve the product itself, but also impact your whole business strategy and manufacturing processes?
Industrial goods can encompass a wide range of products from raw material to equipment or machinery as well as any other components required by such industries. We are going to focus on tools and machines that help in the manufacturing of other goods, typically consumer goods and services. Industrial goods is certainly a bit vague since we are not specifically talking about a single industry, but we are going to go through general benefits and a few interesting cases that showcase what can be accomplished in several completely different fields.
If you are ever lucky enough to visit an automotive factory you will most definitely be amazed by how much specialized machinery there is. With the rise of electronics and robotics in the last 20 years, car factories have turned into mazes of wires, computers and robotics arms. Even then, you will also be amazed at how much is still done by hand by small armies of highly skilled workers. The only way they can hope to keep up with their robotic counterparts is to work as comfortably and efficiently as possible, and that’s why custom assembly tools have been invented and designed to facilitate the installation of specific parts of the product being assembled.
In the case of automotive but also in many other industries, there are hundreds of component parts for each car model, which are also in constant evolution. On top of that, factories typically require relatively small quantities of each specific tool, making them particularly expensive to produce by traditional methods. In contrast, 3D printing is amazingly well suited for this kind of scenario, allowing for the production of short runs whenever is necessary, fast, on-site, and with unmatched design flexibility.
For customers of our online 3D printing service, plastics are still the most used materials for the industrial goods sector but closely followed by metal. Metal 3D printing offers advanced mechanical properties, perfect for machinery, tools or any industrial parts.
Metal 3D printing materials are more durable, they have better resistance to stress and other factors, and are capable of following safety rules that come along with specific industrial goods, making it ideal for the final consumer product that is being supported by this (3D printed) industrial good. 3D printing technologies such as Binder Jetting, SLM (Selective Laser Melting) and DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering) offer resistant materials from Stainless Steel to Titanium! Do you need a metal material resistant to heat or to chemicals? Do you need a lighter material? Metal 3D printing can offer a wide range of options.
Additive manufacturing is now offering the possibility to create parts for demanding sectors using advanced materials such as extremely resistant and rigid materials, or professional flexible plastics: we call them high-performance materials.
Ultrasint® PA11 CF is a 3D printing material reinforced with carbon fibers, providing advanced mechanical performance for your parts when strength and rigidity are needed, perfect for industrial parts.
Ultrasint® TPU88A & TPU01 – If you are looking for a resistant, flexible, and rubbery material, these TPU are perfect options. With good resilience after deformation and a high UV stability, this SLS TPU offers numerous advantages. It can be used to manufacture innovative industrial parts such as grippers.
Do you have any more questions regarding the applications of additive manufacturing to create industrial goods? Don’t hesitate to contact our 3D printing experts in order to get all the information you need to start your project.
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