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09 Apr 2018

Overcoming Manufacturing Challenges with Composite & Metal 3D Printing

Both composite 3D printing and metal 3D printing are invaluable resources on the production line. They are often used to affordably and efficiently produce many of the low volume, high-strength, custom parts critical to manufacturing. In this paper from Markforged, you’ll learn how composite and metal 3D printing technologies can work together to optimize your digital manufacturing processes.

Examples of 3D printed tooling applications include:

  • Conformal Workholding for Metal Printed Parts

If a part can be 3D printed in metal, conformal workholding for the part can easily follow. Printing composite workholding for processing metal 3D printed parts solves the conformal work holding problem efficiently-whether for tapping, post machining, or QA inspection.

  • Tooling, Jigs and Fixtures

Using industrial 3D printers for tools, jigs, and fixtures can drop costs and cut lead time by over 90%, delivering high­strength, long-lasting parts next day.

Breaking your tools down into material-specific regions can optimize their properties while dropping cost and time to manufacture. Below are some properties that can be localized by splitting parts into metal and composite segments.

Download the white paper to explore application use cases from conformal workholding to tooling inserts, and discover how composite and metal 3D printing technologies from Markforged can help you overcome common tooling and fixturing roadblocks.

 

Here are a couple other related blog posts that may be of interest:

Not Just for Parts: Additive Manufacturing Delivers Benefits with Tooling

Additive Manufacturing Deep Dive (Part 2): Every Part is Custom