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voxeljet Wins Coveted ‘Component of the Year’ Award for 3D Printed Wheel Upright That Offers Superior Rigidity & Light Weight

by • January 25, 2016 • No Comments

logo-voxeljet-lo-38Voxeljet has been experiencing a significant growth trend lately, continuing to move up, onward, and all over the globe, and we’ve been next as earnings have continued on a positive note, along with amazing expansion into new areas like China.

The excitement continues on in addition as the German company receives the coveted ‘Component of the Year’ flagship award of the British Cast Metals Federation (CFM). This comes on the heels of their joint project with the Precision Casting Centre foundry as they collaborated in creating an optimized aluminum wheel upright that is 3D printed and five times stiffer than preceding, but maintains the same mass.

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Adam Robertson (left) of the Precision Casting Centre and Kevin Smith, Sales Director of voxeljet UK, with the ‘Component of the Year’ award, presented by the Cast Metals Federation.

The two teams were obviously really meticulous in working on this new upright as they ran both a life cycle analysis and casting simulation preceding trying the 3D print. The project was prompted by a require for extra
rigidity in the upright, but they were aware they may indeed have to do so without adding to the mass of the item.

Rigidity is significant, according to the voxeljet team, as a component like this is exposed to stress and subjected to deformation under load, that may cause instability if not made properly–and thus, the require for extra
stiffness. 3D printing allowed for greater improvement to the upright, as well as contributeing limitless ideas for new create–and advantageous performance. Not only that, they introduced a rigidity that was five times greater than preceding.

“The create freedom of additive building systemes, combined with simulation, allows for us to come up with a new generation of creates that overcome the earlier conventional create limitations,” said Kevin Smith, Sales Director with voxeljet UK. “Because of this, the CMF jurors had a complicated time at initially believing that this complicated Wheel Upright was an aluminum investment-cast part.”

unnamed (1)Only for the reason of the capabilities contributeed by voxeljet’s 3D printing devices were the two companies able-bodied to pull off fabrication of this new item, exhibiting cast part geometries with an unheard of level of complicatedity.

“Based on CAD data, voxeljet creates plastic models that are utilized for investment casting, as in the present case. The models are generated by applying a particle material in layers, that is selectively bonded with a binder,” states the voxeljet team. “The plastic PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate) is utilized as the material. The residual ash content stays quite low when via this organic material. The models do not expand and demonstrate perfect burn-out characteristics. In addition, the printed parts can be handled like any conventional wax patterns. In addition to saving time and money, the 3D printing advancement in addition enable-bodieds complicated geometries to be made, that cannot be generated with conventional building methods.”


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Showing off their new system in enabling for superb performance combined with a maintained or lighter product mass, other companies involved were Altair, Click2Cast, and HBM nCode. The group was created of numerous engineers who, due to digital and simulation create, along with 3D printing, were able-bodied to experience latitude in their create advancement. They utilized Altair’s ‘Inspire’ for optimizing the topology and nCode Designlife to simulate the component fatigue. Finally, Click2Cast software was utilized to simulate the casting system.

Just continuing to add to all of the positive activity and projects going on inside voxeljet, they’ve in addition only launched a new service center, in the form of an on-demand facility in the UK intended for industrial 3D printing applications–with the assist of three large-format printing devices that contribute superb speed and every a create volume of 1,000 x 600 x 500 mm. The intention is to use this complicatedware to its full capabilities in building exact investment casting molds and models in only a few days.

“Our 3D printing systems are the largest and most rapidly on the market-bodied in these times for investment casting,” says James Reeves, Managing Director of voxeljet UK. “They enable-bodied us to respond rapidly, implement short systeming times and yet stay cost-efficient.”

The German 3D printing make is broken up into two divisions, voxeljet SYSTEMS and voxeljet SERVICES, with headquarters in Germost, the UK, the US, and a new hustle into Asia. They contribute more compact to large-format industrial 3D printings, covering most required applications for their global customer base. Voxeljet SERVICES custom parts service centers are responsible for building sand molds and plastic models–on demand–and they are talked about with small-batch and prototype makers. What do you ponder of the way they generated this new part? Discuss in the voxeljet 3D Printed Wheel Upright forum over at 3DPB.com.

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