3D Printing and Manufacturing

Posted on Monday, August 28, 2017 in UEA Blog

United Equipment Accessories Inc. always makes the effort to keep up with new technology. 3D printing is one of the fastest growing technologies which has many good uses in our field. For example, creating the prototype products directly from the 3D solid work/CAD software model which can reduce time for prototype manufacturing and also completely deduct the cost of the die manufacturing.  Let’s go over some commonly asked questions.

What is 3D Printing

The action or process of making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, typically by laying down many thin layers of a material in succession.

In simple terms, 3D printing is the process of creating the physical object from a 3D cad model by using the 3D printer which melts the material and puts hundreds of very thin layers as per 3D model profile and dimension requirements.

All 3D printers have the following basic parts:

  1. X-Y-Z Stepper motors
  2. Nozzle (This is the part which we actually use to heat the material up to the necessary temperature.)
  3. Control boards

Application of 3D printing

3D printing has many applications and nowadays there are many 3D printers on the market which can provide the very competitive mass production capabilities in various sizes and materials.

One of the really good uses of the 3D printing technology is for prototype parts/product manufacturing. At the prototype stage in design sometimes the costs associated with manufacturing the sample parts is unavoidable. There can be many design changes and die/tooling changes required that increase costs significantly. With 3D printing, we can manufacture the samples directly from the 3D cad model which saves tooling costs. In addition, there is no waiting required for tooling which reduces the prototype manufacturing time significantly.

Here is one example of our UEA Brush Holder.

brush holder

There are many printers now available on the market which can be used for mass production with high quality textured capacity of 12” × 12” × 12” production in 10 to 20 minutes with a various range of materials. Mechanical properties of the 3D printer parts are also comparable or higher quality than molded or extruded parts in most of the cases.

Currently UEA is using the 3D printing technology in R&D of new designs, prototype manufacturing and testing. Our engineers have detailed knowledge of this technology and using this knowledge to develop better products and designs provides the highest level of the customer satisfaction. 

Dhaivat Patel

Quality Engineer