Why is it necessary to bundle functionality with as few individual components as possible?
In general, there are many applications where a compact, spatially efficient design with the same functionality is especially important. Fewer assembly parts mean lower assembly costs, a reduced likelihood of errors and more economical logistics costs. Numerous examples exist that demonstrate how tool-free additive manufacturing enabled by EOS can be used to manufacture all required parts in a single step.
Functional parts such as joints, chain links, stabilized springs or scissor mechanisms are often used in automation and production technology. Individualized and complicated devices are needed for gripping, transporting and storing, among other things. Other applications where functional integration plays a major role include medical technology and the production of orthoses and prostheses.
Our products have simply become more functional. With 3D printing, we have been able to do things that were not possible
with other manufacturing techniques.
The Linde HYDROPOX® burner for glass surface treatment needed to be developed with as few parts as possible, lower unit costs and improved functionality.
A new type of burner was manufactured using additive manufacturing, resulting in a product that was: