Based on a filter property model elaborated by the DSC Working group, companies are able to post successfully implemented AM Use Cases. This collection is intended to help users to find starting points for their own projects, and to provide inspiration and ideas as to what is possible with Additive Manufacturing and what has already been successfully implemented in industry.

Properties:

Manufacturing Process

Using which additive technology, the part/parts was/were built?
In order to differentiate between the many different processes, we decided to categorize them according to VDI 3405. Of course there are other categorizations of AM technologies, but the VDI version – at the moment – is the most complete one with good differentiation.

Material

The listed materials are not very specific but very general material classes. We listed the most popular metals and also the most common 3D printable polymers as well as the class elastomer and ceramics.

The specific material number, the compound or alloy is also defined in the profile of the Use Case.

Branches

In order to show the range of applications of 3D printed parts, we have defined different industry branches. This should make it easier for users to find Use Cases that are close to their own everyday work and help them to find own printable Use Cases.

Category

3D printed parts are not always “normal” series parts. The technology prevails over conventional processes with other advantages. On the one hand, through the speed of prototyping or in spare parts delivery. But with spare parts, just as with mass customisation or the production of tools, it is also the financial advantage in small series that makes Additive Manufacturing superior.

Why 3D printing - Properties:

Driver

When it comes to the motivation for printing a specific part instead of conventionally producing it, there are different drivers. In the most cases today, it’s because of the reduced lead time, clear reduction of weight or costs or the geometrical benefits which could be achieved through printing and for example improve the part performance.

Intervention

What did your company do for achieving the advantages in the product (e.g. the reduction of weight or costs)?

Outcome

Of course the outcomes should be matching with the drivers. But we recognised, that in many Use Cases there are even more positive effects through printing, which were “for free”. For example a spare part, which was ordered 3D printed because of the better price in small series (Driver). But when designing it, it was also improved in terms of durability, so it will brake less often.

Enablers

Were there any enablers that were important to implement the project in this way? Was there a strong partner who helped with their knowledge or were there trainings that led to a change of mindset among the staff?