United Equipment Accessories (UEA) is continuing to bring new ways to help customers meet their unique needs and applications. One such way is through our 3D printing capabilities. UEA has invested in 3D printing to quickly create slip ring prototypes and improve our flexibility and lead times for specific slip rings and parts. With the addition of 3D printing, UEA can design and manufacture slip ring parts and accessories to meet unique design challenges.
We have expanded our 3D printing capabilities by offering 3D-printed mounting flanges. Many slip ring applications have unique mounting requirements. With 3D printing, we can print mounting tubes or flanges to exactly fit the customer's application. The result is a mounting design that is a cost-savings as well as lightweight and easily adaptable. We can use standard parts for most of the slip ring components, but if the customer requests a unique bolt pattern or hole size, we can accommodate that customer's need through 3D printing.
Currently, UEA has certified two 3D printing materials for production. Both PolyLite ASA white and black were tested and certified. To verify that 3D-printed slip ring parts could withstand the environments and conditions required by our customers, UEA has conducted tests to ensure their integrity. Testing included temperature testing and a water absorption test. 3D-printed threads were stronger than machined plastic parts during temperature testing. 3D printing materials are rated for -52°F to 205°F. Current machined materials were tested against 3D-printed materials for water absorption, and both materials performed similarly during testing. All detailed material data sheets, testing information, and photos can be provided to customers.
3D printing allows UEA to further offer custom design solutions to our customers. Learn more about our 3D printing capabilities here.