After exploring the end users, manufacturers and service bureaus involved in the 3D printing of parts for general industrial applications, we’ll be taking a look at the metal materials that are powering that sector.
Given its ubiquity in manufacturing and particularly general industry, we’ll start with steel. An alloy of carbon and iron, steel is known for its high tensile strength and low cost. The industrialization of Asia, particularly China and India, is driving a huge demand for the metal.
While 90 percent of the world’s steels are carbon steels, made up of iron and carbon, other alloys are used for a variety of applications. Tool insert and injection moulding component 3D-printed from maraging steel: thanks to conformal cooling the cycle time was reduced by 17% and the quality of the arm-rest part has been improved. Image courtesy of Innomia, Magna. Stainless steel, which contain a minimum of 11 […]
Above: PepsiCo food, snack, and beverage product line-up/Source: PepsiCo PepsiCo turned to tooling with 3D printing...