3D printing of metal

The 3D printing market has been hot news around the world for quite some time already, and metal 3D printing has been utilised in aviation, pharmaceutical and motor industry, among others. The demand for metal 3D printing is increasing across the world.

What is metal 3D printing all about?

3D printing allows us to manufacture such components that are difficult, impossible or very expensive to manufacture by machining. 3D printing is particularly suitable for manufacturing complex and demanding workpieces. Metal 3D printouts are fully ready for use and final production components, not just prototypes.

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Materials – Metal 3D printing

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Various materials can be utilised in metal 3D printing. All the materials we use are certified and tested in compliance with the ISO standard. The durability and high quality of EOS’ materials are due to their decades-long product development and understanding of the material requirements in different industries.

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Small-scale production

Small-scale production is a cost-effective way to manufacture the exact amount of parts required. In this way, large initial investments can be avoided and the production of parts can be started rapidly.

 

3D printing manufactures high-quality and durable parts suitable for each purpose of use. The exactly right materials for each purpose can be selected from the many alternatives. For example, considering the needs of an equipment manufacturer, it may be wise to manufacture certain parts using a 3D printer.

 

In small-scale production, the number of items in a series may range from one to a few thousand pieces. The profitability of 3D printing in small-scale production is affected by both the number of products to be printed and their size.

Spare parts

3D printing allows for the rapid delivery of durable and high-quality spare parts as required.

 

When a new part is required to replace a broken one, it can be done quickly using 3D printing. The old part can be directly remodelled or 3D scanned, in which case a new part can be made based on this information.

 

By 3D printing spare parts, you avoid the costs of keeping them in stock. We deliver the required parts to the customer in just a few days from the order.

Contract manufacturing

Contract manufacturing allows you to ensure that you always have new parts available without the cost and effort of storing them.

 

We provide contract manufacturing in 3D printing. We manufacture and deliver a certain number of parts to the customer at regular intervals, at the agreed price.

 

Contract manufacturing is an excellent solution when there is a need to avoid keeping unnecessary stock. At the same time, it ensures that parts are readily available. If necessary, the order sizes can be adjusted flexibly.

Marketing and training products

3D-lookalike models are an easy and effective way to illustrate the properties of a product for marketing purposes and training events.

 

3D printed lookalike models are good tools for different marketing and training purposes. 3D printing allows the creation of scale models, lookalike models and even individual machine parts, which illustrate the look and functionality of the actual product. A lookalike model gives a true impression of the product’s properties, which in part supports sales efforts.

 

The advantage of a 3D printout is its lightness. It is much easier for the salesman or trainer to carry a plastic lookalike model along instead of a metallic workpiece weighing dozens of kilograms.

Finishing and post-processing

The manufactured metal components can be finished and post-processed by shot-peening, machining or polishing, for example.

 

Shot-peening: In shot-peening, tiny balls are blown on the surface of the printed workpiece. Shot-peening gives the 3D printed metal pieces a clean and smooth surface.

 

Machining: The surfaces of 3D printed pieces of metal can be machined according to the wishes and needs of the customer.

 

Polishing: The surface of finished metal pieces can also be polished when necessary.

Prototypes

With prototypes, i.e. individual models, created with 3D technology, the design and usability of a product can be tested risk-free before starting the manufacturing.

 

3D printing can speed up and smoothen the product development process. It makes it easy to verify and check the product design, functionality and ergonomics before the product is taken into production. Using 3D printing may provide significant savings when unnecessary delays and costs caused by moulding changes are avoided.

 

With 3D printing, the prototypes can be made to look like the actual product down to its specific details, which provides a realistic and concrete image of the product.

Equipment – metal 3D printing

We use the high-quality EOS M 290 printer for metal 3D printing. Its properties and production capacity make it an ideal tool especially for industrial needs.

The properties and production capacity of the high-quality EOS M 290 printer we use for metal 3D printing make it an ideal tool for industrial needs. The production method is based on the melting of powder-like metal material with a laser.

The high-quality device ensures an accurate and smooth result. The finished product manufactured is almost imporous.

 

M 290

Printing volume: 250 x 250 x 325 mm

Print speed: 0.2–0.9 mm

Layer thickness: 0.1 mm

Support material: No separate support material is needed.

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