Its suitability for complex parts, short production output, light weight, and lower tool changes can reduce the cost and recovery time. 3D printing has allowed the aerospace company to create complex components previously unlikely with traditional techniques. This fosters innovation while reducing cost and recovery time in a complex and highly regulated environment.
Materialist produces software that functions as the backbone of the 3D printing process and provides 3D printing services. From the creation of design and optimization to managing and automating workflows to print products, complete software and services representing a complete digital network in 3D printing. Testing of its manufacturing facilities and enhancing software, materials, and processes for customers and partners, works towards end-to-end solutions.
Starting the process
How does this process begin? The approach at Materialize begins with information sharing sessions, identifying all applications and operations where 3D printing can offer advantages over traditional craftsmanship.
From there, engineers are involved in looking at 3D printable parts. Here is a cost analysis to make sure the parts identified for 3D printing will be produced more effectively. The more complex part is, the more expensive traditional manufacture becomes.
The next step would be to go to the aerospace organization’s plant for a walk to identify the pain points and where 3D printing can help further. Often, we find parts and processes such as jigs and drill fixes that can benefit from 3D printing customization.
Materialists focus on determining the strengths and functional requirements to meet the requirements of highly regulated aerospace industry. From there, we identify parts, design them with light structures, and run them through 3D printing software to optimize and prepare print files. Unique printing to 3D, mesh / grid structure allows parts to have the same strength and function with less material, reducing overall weight.
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