For which applications exactly is additive manufacturing suitable? Did you already find out about the potential, or do you not yet know, what components or parts would be suitable?
"There is no need for 3D printing in our business” is a statement one still hears from time to time. If you only associate 3D printing with prototypes, or with abstract applications that have nothing to do with your industry, it's not surprising. News of 3d printing in aerospace or large automotive companies, which often print very innovative parts, will distract. Fact is, that there are suitable applications for every industry.
Listed below are parts by industry. Therefore, you must no longer consider 3d printing too abstract for your business needs. Please note, that it is vital, to consider 3d printing during the design process of a part to achieve the added value. (Check links at the end of this text about this topic). And after that: dare to order your first part from additive manufacturing, we are convinced, it is worth it.
Components for machine and plant construction
- Components with unnecessarily complex geometries (check topology optimisation)
- Components that are too heavy but need to be stable (check lattice structures and bionics)
- Components in lightweight construction or those with grid structures
- Containers and sorters for transport of parts in a plant
- Material slides
- Components with unnecessary sharp edges (design with round shapes)
- Components with media ducts, for example cable ducts for robot arms, air ducts for cooling, etc.
- Assemblies whose interaction of components is not optimised, for example with milled and turned parts, standard parts and seals (combine it in one component)
- Weak connections between components that have arisen due to the limitations of traditional manufacturing (optimise those)
- Moulds for injection moulded components
- Small series that would be too expensive to produce with traditional production technologies
- Series components in larger batches if components can be optimised
Applications for the electrical engineering industry
- Special grippers with complex shapes
- Multifunctional attachments for robot solutions
- Specially shaped enclosures, enclosure shells
For all industries: Tools, aids, and spare parts
- Tools with cooling channels that run parallel to a tool wall and cannot be placed perfect due to limitation in traditional manufacturing technology
- Tool holder
- Individual tools
- Holders, clamping and press-fit devices
- Spare parts that are no longer available, e. g. housing covers
- Spare parts when holding stock is too expensive or too elaborate
3D print for Medicine
- Medical aids and devices with individual parts
- Customised prostheses, orthoses, insoles etc.
- Patient-specific models for surgery planning
Note: various materials with ISO standard 10993 are available on the platform: e. g. genuine medical silicone (SAM technology), ULTEM 1010 (FDM), PA11 (SAF).
Architecture, fashion and design:
- Architectural models
- Individual design items
- Shoe soles and other personalised fashion items
- Packaging with special shapes for luxury articles
Note: many materials on the platform have been specifically developed for highly technical applications in industry and must fulfil high expectation regarding to properties. That would not be necessary for design items, therefore the price may be higher than those at low-cost suppliers with less high-quality materials. Ask your Solution Partner for advice on which material is suitable for your application.
Further information: design of 3d printed parts
The design of components has a significant role on whether 3D printing is worthwhile, as components should be optimised for the new technologies. If you want to know more about this topic, check this blog news too:
We wish you a successful project within 3d printing. For advice, please contact one of our Solution Partners.
Your Jellypipe team