Efficient use of 3D printing in metal ready to hand

To benefit from 3D printing, its potential needs to be integrated into the product design. This means that features and internal structures can be made that would be impossible with traditional manufacturing technologies. In addition, technology needs to be integrated into the entire production chain alongside other technologies. Sirris is focusing on both aspects.

Additive or layer build-up technology - also known as 3D printing - has evolved over the years from a prototyping tool to industrial deployment. Where initially only single polymers were printed, current technology makes it possible to print complex metal components. The big challenge now is to use the technology in a way that is efficient and makes economic sense. 

To benefit from 3D printing, its potential needs to be integrated into the product design. This means that features and internal structures can be made that would be impossible with traditional manufacturing technologies. However, this requires a different way of thinking, for which knowledge of 3D printing is essential. 

A second aspect concerns the integration of 3D metal printing into the whole production chain. Although 3D printing has already taken enormous strides, the achievable end quality is often unsatisfactory for a functional mechanical component. Post-processing of the whole component or of some functional parts is therefore necessary. To perform this cost-effectively, and to ensure that post-processing is possible at all, the entire production chain must be integrated. 

Successful 3D metal printing begins with the design:

  • The integration of unique elements
  • Taking into account different complexities: heat management during production, deformation, defining structures for support during construction, etc.
  • Taking the next processing operations into account: references, excess, accessibility, fixing points, etc. 

Demonstration cell for 3D metal printing

In the production hall of Sirris in Diepenbeek, a complete production chain (3D metal printer, five-axis milling machine, heat treatment, sandblasting, laser texturing) is available for acquiring initial experience under supervision. You can count on us for: 

  • An analysis of your current design
  • Advice for redesign, with a view to 3D printing, post-processing, etc.
  • Effective printing and post-processing of a demo component
  • Recalculation for total cost of ownership (TCO) and a comparison with traditional technologies 

On November 14, we officially present this AM Integrated Factory to the industry. Would you like to be there? Then register now!

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Are you interested in gaining experience, getting acquainted with or training with 3D metal printing? Then be sure to get in touch with us

The project 'Integration of 3D Metal Printing' is supported within the ERDF framework by the European Union, the Flemish Government, the Agency for Innovation and Enterprise (VLAIO) and the Province of Limburg by a contribution of 388.984,19 Euro. You can read more about this here.

 

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