3D printing is today a revolutionary breakthrough, the object of constant innovations in applications and materials.
The use of 3D printing in industry has significant advantages, including the following:
- Immediacy and availability: you simply need a file with STL extension of the part in question and send it via email to begin the 3D printing process.
- Less waiting time associated with models of traditional manufacture.
- Energy-saving: standard size 3D printing consumes a similar amount of energy to that of a desktop computer.
- Saves materials by only using enough to manufacture the parts, minimising the generation of waste and the extra costs derived from this.
- Reliability of the material.
The choice of materials is important and must be aligned with the purpose of the part and the environment where it will be used.
Amongst the large variety of materials which are suitable for use in 3D printing processes, the following are significant:
- PLA, is a biodegradable polymer constituted of lactic acid molecules, obtained from corn-starch, yucca, cassava or sugar cane.
- ABS, is an oil derivative plastic which is commonly used in industry, especially due to its resistance.
This and other advantages mean that the use of 3D printing is the most effective option nowadays to make small productions, construct prototypes, create tooling and recuperate discontinued parts, etc.
Innovadhoc uses FFF technology (Fused Filament Fabrication) with the capacity to work on layers between 0,1mm and 0,4mm.
The maximum dimensions for printing are 190mm X 190mm X 190mm.
Innovadhoc offers the following solutions in 3D printing:
- Creation of printable files from plans or sketches.
- Advice in choosing the material to use and other technical questions such as the height of the layers and the optimum percentage of filler.
- Printing of the model.
3D Printed Assembly Mock Up