Implementing 3D Printing
Our services are intensely researched, creatively developed & methodically optimized for fluid implementation.
We develop products by utilising 3D printing as the manufacturing method. Our design methodology takes advantage of the unlimited manufacturing potential in the ever-evolving industry of 3D printing. We create products with an innovative philosophy using a meticulously optimized in-house design process. With comprehensive knowledge of DfAM (Design for Additive Manufacturing), we aim to deliver parts that have been optimized for 3D printing (DfAM) with the best possible support strategy. The possibilities are endless.
1. Problem Statement Definition
Capture of the problem definition and the goals of the product development project with the client. The criteria for a successful product are defined.
2. Conceptual Design
Generating creative concepts and moulding them around the requirements by the client and optimising the product for 3D printing.
3. Lattice Structures
4. Digital Design Testing
The design is tested virtually under various scenarios to ensure that the engineering requirements are fulfilled.
5. Design Quality Assessment
Early prototypes are manufactured and tested to analyse the aesthetics and functionality.
6. Design Flow Creation
Mapping a digital flow of how the design will be created by specifying design activites, file transfer and the range of software utilised.
7. Material & Technology Selection
Testing all relevant and available materials and technologies to select the optimal combination, ensuring a robust design.
8. Design Optimization
9. Final Product Manufacture
10. Final Design Blueprints
Final design files, blueprints and manufacturing drawings accompanied by the design specification document are transferred to the client.
This service is aimed at providing the opportunity for clients looking to adopt 3D printing with minimal risks. We will create a bespoke end-to-end modular and scalable operation for the client, to manufacture the developed 3D printed product(s). We will ensure smooth integration of the selected 3D printing technologies into the existing manufacturing facilities, with fully tracible process flow. With expertise in a wide variety of 3D printing technologies, we can deploy an optimized solution for the client.
1. Understanding Requirements
Understanding the client`s requirements with regards to the product quality and the manufacturing constraints.
2. Material & Technology Selection
Mapping out an end-to-end process flow for the manufacture of the product(s), based on the product characteristics and the material and technology selection.
3. Process Validation Strategy
4. Manufacturing Flow Creation
Mapping out an end-to-end process flow for the manufacture of the product(s).
5. Floor Planning
Tailored factory floor plans for the client’s facilities to house all 3D printing and ancillary equipment, with modular integration into existing manufacturing facilities.
6. Procurement and Set-up
Management of the purchasing, delivery and transfer of equipment to client’s facilities upon the client`s approval of the proposed process flow.
7. Tractability System
A bespoke fully traceable system to manage the manufacturing activities, materials and products within the process flow for archiving and compliant records management.
8. Health & Safety Assessment
Assessment of H&S by a qualified body for the facility.
9. Site Acceptance Testing
Testing of the implemented manufacturing process to assess the quality and production requirements set-out by the client have been satisfied.
Full training offered for the operation of the 3D printing equipment and the management of the facilities from technician to managerial levels.
3D Scanning Service
3D scanning allows for the capture of 3D geometric data any physical object. 3D Scanning is increasingly becoming an essential part of the 3D printing industry and is used in creating customised parts or quality inspection. Complex geometries can be captured using 3D scanning and recreated using 3D printing, which was previously not possible. A 3D scanner offers a variety of applications, such as reverse engineering, healthcare, industrial design & management, science & education, art & design and many more.
We have developed 3D scanning capability at Additive Design and use this technology closely with 3D printing. We house a high-precision industrial grade handheld scanner that is fully configured and is in regular use. Several of our projects have used or are currently using this technology with proven results.
1. Scanning Strategy
The object being scanned is explored, and the applications identified. A scanning strategy is created based on the geometry and surface characteristics of the object.
2. In-House 3D Scanning
The object is scanned by our technician using different parameters to achieve full coverage of the object in the required accuracy and resolution.
3. Post Processing
The scans are manually modified eliminating noise and background geometric data to create high quality watertight scan files. The files are re-meshed and now can be used for 3D printing or other applications.
4. Further Use of Scan Data
The final scans are prepared for use. We offer free guidance in terms of software used to convert a scan to any required workable file. We can work with you to use the scan data for downstream processes, this can be to design parts based on scan data or carry out deviation tests for inspection.
3D Printing Service
3D Printing services are being widely used across all industries, however it’s in-depth understanding and its implementation is scarce.
With years of experience with several 3D printing technologies we are here to make 3D printing more accessible, by creating a plan based on the client’s requirements for the manufacture of their product, helping them explore and discover 3D printing free of cost, complimentary to the 3D printing service. The best materials and 3D printing technologies will be selected with optimized support strategies for each technology. If there are functional requirements, prototypes will be created, and the best selected to be further optimized ensuring that all requirements are met.
In some circumstances we may advise against 3D printing and advise alternative manufacturing methods.
1. In-House 3D Printing
We offer in-house 3D printing services utilizing the SLA (Stereolithography) technology, which creates high quality industrial parts with full functionality. We stock a wide range of materials compatible with the technology which can be used for a variety of applications.
2. External 3D Printing
When a 3D printing technology other than SLA is deemed suitable for product, we offer a service to manage the manufacture of parts via industry’s best manufacturers. We have experience in working with external manufacturers to create parts in polymer and metal materials for a wide range of applications. With our expertise, we will optimise and manage your product to meet all your requirements while being manufactured externally. This service allows 3D printing experts to manage your 3D printing, more convenience for our clients.
3. Performance Testing
We undertake performance testing of 3D printing machines to analyse the capability to manufacturer complex parts reliably and effectively. A specific performance testing regiment will be developed based on the client`s needs. This service is suited to client’s wanting independent testing of a 3D printing technology prior to purchase or assistance in technology selection.
4. Post Processing
We can post-process your 3D printed parts with a variety of methods including CNC machining, polishing and curing. We can advise on best practises and strategies to achieve optimal surface finish, geometric tolerances and material properties.
A customised wrist splint developed by Additive Design in collaboration with medical doctors. CAST3D provides enhanced healing during recovery and offeres a uniquely beautiful product to patients. Now available via the CAST3D lab based in Leeds, UK.
Developed an end-to-end manufacturing process for a Titanium medical device compliant with medical regulations. This project utilised powder bed fusion 3D printing technology to enable the manufacturing of customised medical implants.
Re-designed climbing equipment with improved safety and high load-bearing capacity with internal lattice structures. The design is light-weight and of high-strength, and showcases the potential of 3D Printing in producing highly complex features.