Metals and plastics have long been used for machine parts. Their durability, strength, and reliability in machines that operate continuously for millions of cycles makes them the standard in automated
machinery. However, for these same reasons, the use of 3D printed parts has been questioned and not widely adopted by manufacturers. This view should be reconsidered as 3D printed components offer a lower cost means to produce prototype components and end use components for machinery.
Worxsimple is using dozens of 3D printed parts in our automated machines. Part types include brackets, guards, and other custom parts that cannot be machined using traditional methods. In addition, the use of 3D printed parts allows for rapid part evolution; which improves not only machine designs, but profit margins as well.
This presentation will discuss how to move beyond using 3D printers for only prototyping needs in the design of automated machinery and toward broader applications of using 3D printed parts in machine design and manufacture of final machine components.
This on-demand presentation will discuss the following:
- Component design to leverage the printer capabilities (primarily the Mojo)
- Material selection for fixture applications
- Design techniques to improve the cost of your printed components
- Post print processing techniques to accommodate your designs needs
- Aesthetics of printed parts
- Scheduling advantages of 3D printing your machine components
- Cost advantages of 3D printing your machine components