Think you might want a metal 3D printer? This blog article could possibly save you around a million dollars.
Okay, maybe that’s a stretch, but allow me to explain how you can integrate metal INTO your Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printed parts to reach a whole new level of part form and function. In the past we have covered inserting a hex bolt into a 3D printed part for usability as well as inserting carbon fiber rods into 3D printed models for strength.
Instead of looking into metal 3D printers and making your wallet cry, consider whether your WHOLE part needs to be metal. Maybe only SOME features need to be metal, and the rest of the part can be FDM thermoplastic. By using metal, plastic, ceramic or composite hardware to supplement your 3D printed parts you can create better parts while saving time and money.
We can take this idea and take it to the next level. What else could we insert into a 3D Printed part build Here are just a FEW options.
|Chain||Air & Fluid Fittings|
|Bearings||Gears & Sprockets|
|Rods & Pins||Motors|
|Nuts & Bolts||Wiring|
|Carbon Fiber Plates, Tubes, Rods||Flat Washers|
|Lenses & Glass Plates||Gaskets & O-Rings|
|Filters & Mesh||Weights|
All of these examples are entirely possible with a Stratasys Fortus 3D printer. The Fortus machines allow engineers to design and develop better, stronger, more functional and unique parts that were previously thought impossible. As if additive manufacturing wasn’t disruptive enough, we encourage users to think even further outside the box.
Your FDM Machine Isn’t Limited To Just Plastics!
Your 3D printer is another tool, and the better you understand that tool the more you can accomplish with it. To help you recognize your insert options, watch the latest advanced inserting techniques on-demand webinar to learn the top six options you can start trying today. Have a unique engineering problem? Let CAPINC know – we love working with our customers to design and develop custom processes like the ones above to help your designs and techniques.