New results for the automation industry with FDM technology
Nowadays, thanks to the knowledge and expertise in state-of-the-art additive manufacturing technologies like fused deposition modelling (FDM), manufacturers can develop high-performance solutions.
One outstanding example is Genesis Systems Group, specialist manufacturer of robotic systems for welding and water-jet cutting.
The company needed to develop more high-performance positioning systems, so the technical staff decided to revolutionise their conventional approach to building components and try out the FDM process, using ULTEM 9085 to create their complex monolithic parts.
It was a success, bringing together the elements which help them reach their set project targets. These elements are:
· Professional additive manufacturing systems
· High-performance materials
· Knowledge of the FDM technology
In the past, the company used to build their metal parts using conventional technologies and lead time was about 20 days. Today, thanks to the new solutions offered by additive manufacturing, parts are ready after only 3 days, with an 85% reduction in time and 94% in costs.
Another benefit of this new engineering approach is that it significantly reduces the weight of the finished component, now weighing only 1 kg compared to 15 kg.
SPRING Srl for production excellence
Spring Srl has been using additive manufacturing technologies for 20 years and its technical staff is the driving force behind the company. The technical skills which Spring brings to the table mean it can co-design components with its clients to deliver the best possible technological solutions.
Parts produced using FDM technology are of such a high quality standard they can be used repeatedly in production lines. Furthermore, top-performance production systems guarantee the quality of the manufactured parts and the repeatability of batches, as well as compliance with the requested specifications.
Spring Srl’s portfolio of plastics is extensive and some of the most effective materials it uses include: Ultem 9085, Ultem 1010, Nylon 12 CF, ABS-ESD7 and PEKK.
ULTEM 9085: Thermoplastic with a specific weight of 1.34, V0 flame-retardant, self-lubricating and certified for use in the aerospace industry.
ULTEM 1010: Thermoplastic with a specific weight of 1.27, V0 flame-retardant, high heat resistance (up to 216° C).
NYLON 12 CF: Thermoplastic with a blend of Nylon 12 and 35% carbon, specific weight of 1.15 and flexural strength of 142 MPa. Ideal for producing lightweight but very strong production equipment.
ABS-ESD7: Thermoplastic with static dissipative properties and a specific weight of 1.04. ABS-ESD7 prevents a build-up of static electricity and stops fine particles and powders sticking to it.
PEKK: Thermoplastic with very high chemical resistance and MIL-STD-810G certification. It is recommended for the automotive, aerospace, railway and oil and gas sectors to manufacture parts which come into contact with oil, fuel and hydraulic fluid.
To learn more about the materials used by Spring Srl, click here.
To sum up, choosing Spring Srl’s cutting-edge production systems and materials, combined with its outstanding know-how, will give you the edge over your competitors, thanks to new innovative solutions.