NoSupports build strategies make acetabular cup production even more cost-effective by using a supportless stacking configuration. This approach saves time, reduces labor cost and minimizes material waste, while improving dimensional repeatability.
The turbo pump casing with a diameter of 455 mm was printed seamless in 75 hours on the DMP Factory 500. This cost-competitive solution was achieved by combining the high-productivity Ni718 parameters with 3D Systems NoSupports build strategies.
NoSupports strategies combined with design for AM (DfAM) practices enable you to rapidly produce mass personalized devices—such as this titanium 3D printed fibula cutting guide—without compromising on part quality.
Metal AM makes it possible to produce high performing components that defy conventional manufacturing limitations. Every manufacturing process has its nuances, and for metal AM this is the need for certain geometries to be printed with support structures. However, the need for supports is not universal. The strategies within this guide offer ways to print successfully without them.
Past methods for supporting metal additive manufactured (AM) parts have imposed limitations on part design. The increased complexity associated with removing supports has added cost and lead time to the process, and some parts and applications have even been disqualified from AM due to support-based issues.
Together with 3D Systems’ leading expertise and machine platforms, our 3DXpert software package has advanced metal AM capabilities to help expand your design envelope with features such as multi-exposure and thermal blades to help you realize the goal of no supports. Multi-exposure can drastically reduce the self-supporting angle while maintaining a high-quality surface finish, and thermal blades provide a structure to transfer heat and control the weld process for the lowest-angle features without welding to the part.
Topics covered in this webinar include:
The historical challenge of minimum support angles
3DXpert tools for advanced segmentation and parameter assignment
The 3DXpert software package has advanced metal AM capabilities to expand your design envelope with features such as multi-exposure and thermal blades to print without supports. 3DXpert is an all-in-one integrated software for the entire AM workflow. It provides the ultimate combination of automation and full user control.
Parametric and history-based hybrid (b-rep and mesh) CAD tools
History-based approach facilitates changes at any stage
Built-in simulation speeds up design verification
Optimize print strategies to ensure quality at reduced printing time