3D Printing is not necessarily a new technology to anyone who has been in the manufacturing or product development industries over the last 30 years, believe it or not the first 3D Printing patent was granted in 1986! Something that is changing due to new machines coming on the market is that it is now possible to do part design for additive manufacturing and then 3D Print end use parts instead of using traditional manufacturing processes.
A relatively new phenomenon is the advent of true additive manufacturing that can produce end use parts in quantities of hundreds or thousands of units per week depending on size and part geometry. Through the use of 3D Printing, these parts are not limited to the design constraints of parts manufactured through other means like CNC Machining, Injection Molding, or Urethane Casting. For example, the parts can have complex internal passageways, undercuts that are not moldable, or extremely thin densely packed features. To take full advantage of this potential you need parts designed for additive manufacturing
Just like with any other mass production method, parts need to be designed to fit a 3D Printing process, because of this its advantageous to partner with a design firm who understands all of them and how to design end use parts for each one that can be printed in large quantities, at the desired level of quality, for a reasonable cost. At DeWys Engineering we have years of experience handling part design specifically for additive manufacturing.
Another major factor that sets DeWys Engineering apart when it comes to part design for additive manufacturing is that we are a division of a larger company and have an affiliated business unit that IS an additive manufacturer! Forerunner 3D Printing is a full service additive manufacture with many different technologies. DE and F3DP are collocated in the same building and regularly work together on customers project’s.
Laser Scanning, Reverse Engineering, Mechanical Design, Additive Manufacturing, & Cerakote Application. We do a lot more then just provide Engineering Services!