In 2017 we added new 3D printing technology to our work:
Additive manufacturing, as a modern alternative to traditional machining processes for technical parts.


What is 3D Additive Printing?

With 3D additive printing, a digital model is turned into a solid three-dimensional object as the end result of a single process, which in most cases is faster and more cost-effective than any other process (depending on technical requirements).
The aim is to create and optimise the parts and their geometry, reducing manufacturing times and costs, and reducing their weight.

 

At Induplast we have several 3D printing solutions:

 
  • Fusion Additive Printing. Recommended for 3D printing for certain amounts of parts, being able to achieve quantities in short and medium production runs, according to technical requirements. Results in fully functional parts, with a very good finish, strong parts with tensile strength and consistent mechanical properties.
 
  • Stereolithography.  Known technically as SLA/LFS, this 3D additive printing process represents laser technology using basic materials and UV light-sensitive resins. A rapid prototyping solution, it offers a high degree of accuracy, excellent final appearance and good surface quality. Recommended for visual parts and/or immediately functional parts. Applications: Products for engineering, manufacturing, sanitary applications and jewellery sectors.
 
  •  Fused Deposition Modelling. FDM or FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication). The conversion of filaments into industrial quality parts with good mechanical properties. This technique uses highly durable standard materials, offering mechanical properties that are stable over time and high quality parts. The thermoplastic materials for production processes used in FDM are suitable for detailed functional prototypes, durable manufacturing tools and small quantities of parts. Materials: PLA, HTPLA, TPU, FLEX, ABS, PET, ASA, PC, PP, PA, PAHT, ETC.  Applications: products for the engineering, machine tooling and final parts sectors.
 
  • Fibre reinforced filament fabrication. FFF + CF (Fused Filament Fabrication with continuous fibre). This manufacturing process also uses thermoplastic filament, but in this case it has up to 30% of fibre fillers. There is also the possibility of adding fibre directly in areas of the part to reinforce those that are indispensable. Fibre can be added in concentric rings, on the outer and/or inner perimeter, to increase structural rigidity, avoid deformations, improve the mechanical properties of the parts, which can sometimes equal the properties of 6061 T6 aluminium, but with a lower weight. The fibre fillers are usually made of Kevlar, glass, carbon, etc. We also work with materials classified as FR, fire retardant: PA(Polyamide) FR, PA+33%CF FR (household appliance protection, aircraft cockpits, electronic parts in machinery), and/or electrically conductive materials such as graphite.
 
  • 3D scanning.Using high-tech 3D scanning, we offer the customer this tool that allows reverse engineering – converting a 3D model into various digital file formats, when this is not available. This helps to convert physical objects into digital models that can subsequently be subjected to various processes that modify dimensions, colours, general features or manufacture identical ones through any machining or additive manufacturing process.