Additive Manufacturing Technologies
The variety of additive manufacturing processes is impressive in terms of the type of technology implemented, performance and applications. The Association provides opportunities for all members to exchange insights into know-how and multiple requirements.
Detailed descriptions and examples of each technology can be found on the right side.
With drive on the test bed
12.12.2017 Assessing component reliability using fatigue testing
Optimizing 3D Printing of Metals with a Software for Process Simulation
12.10.2017 One of the current challenges for companies in additive manufacturing is to print a real part directly out of CAD data, in best quality that is also reproducible. In order to achieve a better starting position, Toolcraft, a manufacturing services provider, uses a simulation software for 3D printing of metals.
New Additive Manufacturing Technology Produces Metal Parts
07.09.2017 - Economical manufacturing of parts up to 3 m³ and 3,000 kg - Machine available as 3- or 5-axis machining centre
Setting (curing) of material in a reservoir of photopolymer liquid by UV-light
Conventional manufacturing processes in combination with additive technologies
Liquid material is jetted on the surface and cured
A binder (glue) is selectively applied to a powder layer, unbund material is removed afterwards
SLS and SLM: Parts of the powder layer are melted by laser beam
Materials are melted, applied and left to cool
Bonding of layers with the correct contour for building up parts
An industry working group has started its work on the use of additively manufactured components within the scope of application of the Pressure Equipment Directive.
On November 22nd, 2016, system manufacturers and representatives from research met in Frankfurt for a description of machine acceptance criteria for AM systems, their goal being to create a VDMA standard sheet for additive manufacturing systems.
Standards are the basis for the successful development of further 3D printing methods and thus ensure the functioning of global markets.
3D print systems are still isolated applications in process chains with a high amount of manual shares, but users want automated, quality-controlled processes. More than 90 machine manufacturers, users, automators, and research institutes collaborate in the Association.