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.
3D Printer Processes Commercially Available Plastic Granulates
14.12.2016 A new additive technology by Starfort from Brixen in South Tyrol processes commercially available granulates of high-performance plastics like PEEK, PPS, PSU, as well as PA and PC. In addition, the 3D printer also brings granulates with glass or carbon fibers into shape with FDM technology. By processing the granulates directly, the circuitous route via filaments with high energy and cost efforts falls away.
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
The national DIN committee "Additive Manufacturing - Cross-cutting Issues" has developed into the Additive Manufacturing Processes Division at DIN.
The next meeting will be held on 23 January 2019 in Frankfurt.
Draft standard DIN EN ISO/ASTM 52900 Additive manufacturing - General principles - Terminology (ISO/ASTM DIS 52900:2018); German and English version prEN ISO/ASTM 52900:2018 has been published.
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.