Without a fast, high-quality and automated AM process, companies can’t scale up production successfully. This qualification process should be as cost-effective as possible, meaning that the Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) costs of AM should be as low as possible. But how can you ensure consistency and repeatability throughout the entire manufacturing process? It’s all about machine learning, or leveraging large amounts of data to deeply understand the hardware.
Nissan uses 3D printing technology to create prototypes and experiment with new vehicle shapes. This involved a lot of manual work. Thanks to Materialise software, they managed to change the entire process and make it much more efficient. Data preparation time was reduced from months to seconds.
Sambon Precision & Electronics manufactures audio devices (earphones, headphones and speakers) and keypads for distribution in South Korea and oversea. When developing a new product, producing a prototype is a mandatory step in the development process. Sambon 3D prints the prototypes since it’s a fast and flexible method. Unfortunately, their 3D printing workflow wasn’t that smooth, and took up a lot of time for the data preparation team. Using Materialise Magics software, they were able to reduce file repair and platform preparation time significantly.
The new honeycomb structure in Materialise Magics22 allows companies to reduce material usage and printing time. As a beta tester of Materialise Magics22, Midwest Prototyping was one of the very first to try out the new feature.
Solutions: FEA, Magics, Magics 3D Print Suite, Metal 3D Printing
In this case study, we investigate different part-support configurations of a patient-specific CMF implant, and determine which configuration is most suitable for the AM process. We do this by simulating deformations via inherent strain method and comparing the final deformations of the parts after support removal.
With over 9 million manufactured cars, buses, trucks and other vehicles, Tata Motors is leading the automotive industry in India. And by producing the majority of their output in their own country, they contribute to the ‘Make in India’ policy of the Indian government, launched to stimulate the country’s growth. As drivers of the Indian automotive landscape, they ventured to intensively apply 3D Printing as a new technology for their prototype development, using both Laser Sintering and Stereolithography machines. But how do they make sure they use these technologies in the most efficient way?
Sandwich panels are used in aeronautics and aerospace applications where high structural rigidity and low weight are required. Together with ATOS, a global leader in digital services, we have developed a lightweight titanium insert design for a sandwich panel. The insert design was specifically developed for production with Additive Manufacturing (AM) and allowed for a 66% weight reduction of the traditional insert design, which has a brick-like shape.
Driving pleasure, ergonomics and safety have always been important for the automotive industry. A rising new trend is smart mobility. This means applying innovation and modern technology to stimulate sustainable mobility. One of the goals of smart mobility is to cope with the negative effects of mobility such as traffic jams, pollution and traffic casualties.
Shoe manufacturers often use a master to cast the soles of the shoe. Instead of creating a mold for each type of sole, the bigger shoe manufacturers nowadays 3D print the soles. Manually assigning a texture to each surface area takes a lot of time. In addition, you end up with huge STL file sizes that your computer can no longer handle.
Solutions: 3-matic, Build Processor, Magics, Metal 3D Printing, Renishaw
Materialise worked together with Altair and Renishaw to create an R&D spider bracket. The amazing thing about this bracket is that it contains hybrid lattice structures and is successfully 3D printed in Titanium. This design could not have been created with conventional manufacturing methods.
Jewelry lovers, especially in India, are familiar with the names Tanishq, Gold plus and Zoya. Three exclusive brands created by Titan Company Ltd, a company with decades of experience in manufacturing quartz watches and exquisite jewelry.
Experts in the industry agree that 3D printing jigs and fixtures can make an immediate impact on automotive companies. By relying on 3D printing technology, companies can improve their efficiency and heavily cut expenses. In addition, the reduction of the lead-time is significant.