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3D Printed Slip Ring Covers

With the addition of 3D printing, UEA can design and manufacture slip ring parts and covers to meet unique design challenges. UEA utilizes 3D printing for both prototyping and production.

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October 27, 2020
3D printed slip ring cover

United Equipment Accessories is all about delivering a product that fits exactly what the customer needs.  We manufacture custom solutions for a variety of applications, and one of the new ways we provide a superior product is through 3D printing.

With the addition of 3D printing, UEA can design and manufacture slip ring parts and covers to meet unique design challenges. UEA utilizes 3D printing for both prototyping and production.

Some of the opportunities for 3D printed slip ring covers include:

  • Specialty overall height for slip ring enclosure
  • Non-machinable profiles to eliminate water intrusion
  • Corrosion resistance
  • Cost savings
  • Nonconductive enclosures

To verify that 3D printed slip ring covers could withstand the environments and conditions required by our customers, UEA had testing conducted to ensure their integrity. Testing included temperature testing and a water absorption test. Both PolyLite ASA white and black were tested and certified. All detailed material data sheets, testing information, and photos can be provided to customers.

Testing of 3D Printed Slip Ring Covers

Temperature Tests

  • Cold testing was conducted at room temp for control, 0°F, -25°F, and -52°F
  • Heat testing was conducted at 185°F, 205°F, and 225°F
  • Parts were subject to the environment for 25 minutes
  • 3D printed threads were stronger than machined plastic parts during temperature testing
  • 3D printing materials rated for -52°F to 205°F

Water Absorption Test

  • Parts were soaked in a bath for 16 hours to check the absorption of the materials.
  • Current machined material gained 1 gram in the time frame set, and 3D printed parts gained 1 gram as well.

Overall, 3D printing has extended UEA’s capabilities to provide custom solutions to our customers. By understanding this new technology and implementing it into our products, United Equipment Accessories is always trying to learn and grow.

Contact us today to learn more about our 3D printed slip ring covers.

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