3D printing of metal components

Sensible extension - not substitution of forged components

Manufacture of functional components directly from a CAD file. The 3D printing technology offers completely new shaping possibilities such as interior, curved cooling structures, cavities and bionic design. If existing components are to be converted to the 3D printing procedure, it is important to completely rethink the design to be able to make use of all the advantages of the procedure. The technology is primarily suitable for individual pieces, prototypes and small runs.

Benefits

  • Manufacture straight from a 3D CAD file
  • Construction of functional prototypes and final components with a high level of design freedom
  • Realisation of complex internal structures thanks to layered composition
  • Lightweight construction, thanks to specific, internal rib structures
  • Material characteristics comparable to those of cast parts
  • Affordable pre-prototypes made of plastic

 

Materials

  • Plastic for pre-prototypes
  • Aluminium materials, stainless steels, tool steel, titanium
  • Cobalt-chrome alloys
  • Nickel-based alloys, e.g. alloy X, alloy 718, alloy 230
  • Density  > 99.8 %, tolerances 0.1 mm, surface roughness approx. 20 μm

 

Dimensions

  • max. 248 x 248 x 350 mm component volume

 

Examples of application

  • Lightweight structural parts for aviation
  • Hot gas path parts with integrated cooling for turbines
  • Medical engineering, custom implants
  • Cooled tool inserts for mould design and construction
  • Functional pre-production parts, e.g. in the automotive industry
  • Manufacture of pre-prototypes for design optimisation, before series production as drop forged part

 

Consulting

  • Optimisation of components during design as 3D printing components
  • Drafting of pre-components made of plastic
  • Finite element analysis for determining mechanical strain
  • Fluid mechanics for optimising mass flow and the transport of heat
  • STL or STEP files provided by you or developed by us