3D Printing for Personal Use, and as a Service
“Before that, we didn’t have the opportunity to manufacture parts ourselves. Now it’s just great when we can get an idea or a quick job done right away, just by starting the 3D printer!”
Many components that are manufactured on the Markforged 3D printers are for personal use or to make everyday life easier.
A mounting bracket for an aluminum profile profile should be light enough to hold the construction with one hand and guarantee a right angle. The many rounded edges, holes and bores could be implemented quickly and easily with additive manufacturing.
Pictured below on the left is a holder for an airbrush gun, which you had to put down at random beforehand. The small component has a size of approx. 5 x 3 cm and could be printed in 1 hour 18 minutes.
The housing component shown below (the original on the left) was 3D scanned and designed for the 3D printer using reverse engineering. The cost of the 3D printed housing is 90% cheaper than the original component.
In addition, the 3D printed plastic component is much lighter than the original with almost the same properties.
Here you can also see the high quality of the surface very well. This equates to injection molded parts!
The flagpole shown on the front page was designed as an alternative to an expensive, procurable flagpole. The upper part was provided with a ball bearing so that the flag can smoothly adjust to the wind direction. The component was printed without additional continuous fiber reinforcement and serves as a long-term test object. It has been exposed to the sun and various weather conditions there every day for 1.5 years.
DAVOSCAN considers the consideration of “hybrid components” to be very useful, as not everything always has to be 3D printed. The use of additive technology also makes sense in connection with other technologies.