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3D-printing –From Freedom in Design to Quality Control


In recent years, 3D printing – also referred to as additive manufacturing – has become a mature production technology. Initially hyped as being the technology to realize a 3rd industrial revolution, for many years it remained more a novelty than a practical tool for high volume industrial manufacturing. Since the implementation of technological innovations and significant cost reductions, more and more companies are exploring large-scale production for existing and new products. New applications are emerging almost by the day, and, as this technology continues to penetrate more widely and deeply across industrial, maker and consumer sectors, this is only set to increase.


3D Printing is a process for making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, typically by laying down many successive thin layers of a material. It brings a digital object (its CAD representation) into its physical form by adding layer by layer of materials. The method has been applied to a variety of materials: ranging from the well-known class of polymers to metals, ceramics and even concrete.

Deviating material properties?


When printing a product the material properties can deviate from the properties achieved with conventional manufacturing. Not only because of the layered manner of applying the material, but also because of the way the raw materials are processed and applied.


For example:

Most polymer 3D printers use a filament to print parts. This filament is made by extrusion of a polymer compound. Alternatively, when injection molding is used to produce polymer parts, the filament making process is unnecessary. The filament manufacturing and 3D printing process can lead to extra degradation of the polymer material (evaporation of additives, discoloration, lower mechanical or chemical resistance, …). Insights in the effects of the various production steps on the quality your product allows you to optimize product quality and lifetime.

Understanding your materials: from filament to degradation mechanisms 


A thorough understanding of materials is essential to make the best decisions in product printing. To speed up your 3D print business Innovation Labs Material Analysis can support you with material and product characterization along the whole value chain. Whatever you print, thermoplastic polymers, reactive polymer systems, ceramics or metals, we can offer you our material and analytical experience based on many years of non-digital/conventional processing. 


Manufacturing changes to digital………materials don’t!   

3D printing

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Marcel Verheijen 
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