Additive manufacturing

Additive manufacturing enables resource-friendly build-up of highly-complex, three-dimensional components. Use of these components starts with rapid prototyping, through rapid tooling, and extends to rapid manufacturing.

In combination with processes such as direct laser structuring or printing technology, retroactive functionalization of the components is also possible.In the area of additive manufacturing, various techniques are available for the machining of plastics. A stereolithography technique with LCD display and FDM printer can be used for the first geometric prototypes. The DLP technique (DLP stands for digital light processing) permits use of filled resin, which is used as injection dies or circuit carriers, for example. Functionalization can occur through insert components or downstream processes, such as laser direct structuring or printing technology. Through ongoing further development of the technologies and processes, reliable individual solutions can be provided.

Additive manufacturing for functional prototypes

Additive manufacturing allows the construction of functional prototypes, either directly through building up the base body with subsequent functionalization or indirectly, i.e. through additive manufacturing of injection die inserts, the molding of original material, and the functionalization. Depending on the approach taken: Hahn-Schickard competencies range from simulation-supported layout and design, to the construction of the 3D body, injection and molding, up to functionalization with packaging technology and connection technology. Thus we can offer customer-specific and reliable solutions.

Finding an individual solution with digital or additive processes

Additive processes offer the opportunity of manufacturing functional models, prototypes, and small-scale series production with variant diversity, starting with lot size 1, in a manner that is resource-friendly, eco-friendly, and cost effective. Moreover, additive manufacturing offers incredible design freedom, from simple components to highly complex components. The DLP technique employed at Hahn-Schickard allows the processing of filled materials with extensive install space for many applications.

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