Additive Manufacturing: Design for Functionality

Sean Schaefer
Sean Schaefer

Marketing Manager

Industry 4.0 is more demanding than ever before. Manufacturers across all sectors are being looked at to solve complex challenges facing ergonomics, performance, durability, and speed to market.

Additive manufacturing has removed design barriers to enable the creation of geometries that were previously not possible and/or affordable through traditional manufacturing. This has unlocked the door to faster innovation and exploration of improved designs, while still offering the same quality through high-performance materials.

The benefits of integrating AM into conventional manufacturing are clear, but in order to realize its full potential, OEM and Tier 1 manufacturers are seeking the consult of experts to guide them on their journey of uncovering the right applications, materials, and processes.

BAKER INDUSTRIES WILL GUIDE YOU ON YOUR JOURNEY INTO ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Our experts will work closely with your team on everything from identifying and evaluating AM candidates to exploring design improvements and supporting production. Our goal is to help you bring unparalleled tooling and components to the industry while transforming your business.

Click here to view our additive manufacturing case studies.

COMMON APPLICATIONS

- Jigs, Fixtures, and Gauges
- Cutting / Trim Tools
- Assembly Tools
- Injection Molding Tools / Parts
- Layup Tools
- Washout Mandrels
- Trapped Tooling
- Autoclave Tooling
- Metal Forming Dies
- Conformal Cooling

materials

thermoplastics

- ABS
- ASA
- Nylon
- Polycarbonate
- PPSF
- ULTEM

metals

- Aluminum
- Cobalt-Chrome
- Maraging Steel
- Stainless Steel
- Nickel Alloy
- Titanium

Click here to learn more about material properties.

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Case Study Example

By additively manufacturing the facesheets for large aerospace composite mold tools, delivery times for completed tools can be shortened by up to several weeks – potentially reducing delivery times of entire tools by as much as 60 percent.

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complex parts

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SURFACE FINISH

CAD model made with proprietary software for large-scale metal additive manufacturing (wire arc additive manufacturing or 3D printing)

Full control over the wire path for each layer allows for optimal process parameters and material deposition.