In many of the manufacturing processes are used special aids for assembling to position and align the components of the product to one another, to fix and/or align them to other instruments, assist operators in moving and securing them. These devices play a key role in the quality and the speed of the production and the security of the employees. Since the manufacturing of each product has its own differences and characteristics, the instruments are different as well. That is why the 3D printing is such a suitable technology for making this type of details – highly specific, with complex shapes, small quantities and with a high probability of frequent changes.
The main advantages of 3D printing in manufacturing of devices are:
Decreasing costs – Compared to complicated and labor-intensive milling, the 3D printing takes less resource and it does not require specially trained staff.
Speed - In some cases the 3D printing is over 90% faster than the conventional milling.
A variety of materials – Industrial additive machines work with a wide range of materials, some of which have specific characteristics – flammability or resistance to high temperatures, chemical resistance, UV protection.
Weight – The weight of the aids is extremely important for the employees who work with them. Thanks to the 3D printing, the weight and the geometry of the details can be optimized – for example, it can be produced with a lower density, without compromising with the strength.
Accuracy – 3D printing technologies are extremely accurate, with tolerance below 0.05mm in some of them.