In scenarios where our customers wish to 3D print an existing component, but doesn’t possess the drawings or 3D model, Reverse Engineering plays an important role in obtaining the 3D CAD data. We use a NEXTEC Laser Scanner to capture point clouds from the component, which are further processed to obtain a 3D model of the component. The laser scanner is also used to compare the Metal 3D printed part with the CAD model to observe deviations, if any.
Co-ordinate Measuring Machines ( CMM )
Some Metal 3D printed components require inspection to ensure that certain dimensions are within the tolerated range. When the print volumes are lower, we use our Mitutoyo BHV 507 Manual Co-ordinate Measuring Machine. For measuring components with higher volumes, we use our COORD 3 ARES 10-7-5 Automated Co-ordinate Measuring Machine.
Design for Additive Manufacturing ( DfAM )
AM provides plenty of freedom in designing leading to better cost optimization and increased functional performance. We use tools such as topology optimization, lattice structuring, part consolidation, conformal cooling and mass customization while designing for AM.
Additive Manufacturing and Subtractive Manufacturing go hand-in-hand in the production of Metal 3D printed part and it’s support removal. A dedicated machine shop equipped with 4-axis Vertical Machining Centers, Cnc Turning Centers, Wire EDM Machine and Surface Grinding Machine makes us a one stop solution for all post-processing work on Metal 3D printed components.
The printed undergo various heat treatment cycles to attain optimum mechanical properties. We use a Muffle Furnace in an inert atmosphere to ensure that no oxidation occurs during the cycle.
The surface finish of the parts in as built condition is around Ra 15. By using processes such as shot blasting, glass bead finishing and electro polishing, the surface is made to have a smoother finish.