world as we know it today is changing quickly, even faster than what we are perceiving.
Lots of cool & fancy words surround us, such as IoT, artificial
intelligence, 5G, etc. Among them, 3D printing has always been a hot topic ever
since it was invented.
printing is also known as additive manufacturing. This term describes exactly
how the technique creates objects. “Additive” refers to the
continuous addition of thin layers to create an object. In fact, most of 3D
printing technologies are similar, constructing objects layer by layer to
create complex shapes.
Deposition Modeling (FDM) is an affordable 3D printing technology. The process
works by melting the material and extruding it through a nozzle to 3D print the
cross-section of the object, one layer at a time. Each new layer of the bed is
lowered, and this process is repeated until the object completes. The thickness
of each layer, the temperature intensity and the control determine the quality
of 3D printing. Some FDM 3D printers have two or more print heads, can print
multiple colors, and support complex 3D printing of overhangs.
has been widely used in many industries such as medical treatment, automobile,
aerospace, oil and gas. People may argue it is still far from genuine
manufacturing. It’s partly true. Some cases have only adopted 3D technology in
rapid prototyping when in idea generation phase to test its commercial or
technical feasibility, while some researchers have used it to support further
theory or technology development with outcomes published in professional
papers. But there are several examples showing 3D printing technologies have
emerged into real production.
Jigs and fixtures in automobile.
as a complex consumer good, has a more than a hundred years old traditional
model based on the main engine factory. Since the introduction of the
production line by ford in 1913, the logic of automobile production has not
changed. People still associate the automotive manufacturing process with mass
production, but things have started to change lately.
are several examples using FDM technologies in Jigs and fixtures.
located car maker used INTAMSYS machines to customize fixtures for positioning
and fixing Car maker logo, car maker name and also model name. The tools are
lighter than the original typical fixture for the application, and the design
and manufacturing time is at least 66% shorter.
The fixtures were printed on the FUNMAT PRO 410, using ABS
for the logo & the car maker name fixtures, and PC for the model name.
Soft clamps are commonly used in parts processing or handling
process, usually made of soft material like TPU. The purpose is to avoid
damaging the surface of workpiece with low hardness or high surface roughness. 3D
printing uses composite materials to make a soft clamp, which can withstand the
strong force generated by heavy machinery processing. The soft clamp can be
used hundreds of times without calibration.
soft clamp is made of TPU material by the FUNMAT
About the FUNMAT PRO 410
INTAMSYS offers the FUNMAT PRO 410 model featuring dual extruders and up to 305 x 305 x 406 mm build volume, multiple open functional materials selection including PEEK, PEKK, PPSU, ULTEM, ABS, PC and much more to allow high speed and a high precision printing.
INTAMSYS 3D Printing All-in-One Solutions bear
the ambition to make our future life fully customizable due to the infinity of
possibilities Additive Manufacturing Industry offers. Meeting the most
demanding industrial standards, INTAMSYS 3D Printers are optimized for
applications in industries as diverse as Automotive, Aerospace, Oil & Gas,
Medical sector, Jigs & Fixtures or even Education.