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Additive manufacturing for industry

Additive manufacturing for industry

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CNC machining vs. 3D printing

Traditional machining or additive manufacturing?

It's all in the combination. At least, that's the case at present if you want to use additive manufacturing to produce functional industrial components for machines and applications that demand precise dimensions and tight dimensional tolerances.

We combine the advantages of the two production procedures - the design freedom and high level of complexity of 3D printing and the precision possibilities of machining and remachining. This allows us to go beyond the boundaries of pure additive manufacturing. This is because in additive manufacturing, you can only work with the manufacturing tolerances of the machine itself, and these differ from machine to machine as well as being dependent on the positioning of the component in the construction space, which means that they're extremely variable. If precise tolerances are required for snug fits etc., they often cannot be created or reproduced, which can sometimes complicate the production of (small) series or even make series production impossible.

Machining

Our more than sixty years of expertise in the machining of plastics is available to you.

Additive manufacturing (3D printing)

When 3D printing, Murtfeldt uses an additive manufacturing procedure. In comparison with machining, casting, or extruding, this offers a range of advantages:

  • Cost-effective production of models and prototypes
  • Improved material efficiency
  • Fast generation of components and prototypes
  • Production of really small batches and single parts
  • Components with complex structures
  • Components with branched cavity spaces
  • Components with small-scale structures

When is additive manufacturing worthwhile?

Additive manufacturing is useful whenever certain requirements placed upon products cannot be met by traditional manufacturing processes. Just one of these points might be sufficient to justify additive manufacturing. If all three points apply, other manufacturing methods are practically ruled out. These points are:

Functional integration

Additive manufacturing allows us to unite various functions in a single component – without additional assembly eff orts! This enables the realization of components that are otherwise possible only as an assembly. This includes, for example, moving components, hinges, joints, and snap-fits. In the broadest sense, it also includes the integration of air ducts or other guides. The resulting advantages are diverse - from the reduced weight to easy assembly and lower warehousing costs.

Complex geometry

Complex geometries are diffi cult or impossible to produce using traditional methods, since undercuts and cavities oft en cause problems or, at least, lead to high costs.

Individualization

Additive manufacturing enables the production of tailored products from an order quantity of 1 up to small series in accordance with customer requirements. Each component can be designed individually without additional costs.