Tessa’s Weekly Picks – 3D Printed Parts at Formnext 2018


Tessa Blokland  

E-Motor Housing, engineered by RCS Engineering and manufactured by M&H CNC Technik

Formnext is what the Salone del Mobile is for designers: a must-see fair for the latest developments in additive manufacturing. For those who are interested in our insights and trends from this year’s fair, I would like to refer to the review written by our own Lee-Bath Nelson. This visual Picks focuses on what we have seen at Formnext.

DMG Mori is a worldwide leading manufacturer of machine tools with its headquarters in Japan. At the fair DMG Mori showed amongst others this heat exchanger, 3D printed in 9 hours in aluminum on one of their machines, the LaserTec 30 SLM.

Chinese founded Shining 3D displayed several industrial part applications in their booth. This one is a whole printer bed with multiple items on it. Industrial Part B, as the shown product was called, is 3D printed in 316L, on the EP-M250 Metal 3D.

German-based Heraeus presented at Formnext a steering shaft mount 3D printed on an EOS M290 machine. The part was used in the open challenge Formula Student at TU Darmstadt.

The SGT-800 Burner Front is 3D printed by EOS on a EOS M-400-4 in Nickel Alloy HX. A special feature of this part is that it has been designed from 13 parts to an all-in-one part, in a lead time reduction from 26 to 3 weeks. The SGT-800 is used in an oil and gas applications.

The last example is an E-motor housing by RCS Engineering and M&H CNC Technik (see also top image). This part was adjusted for additive manufacturing, reducing the weight from 2.5kg of the original non-AM part to 1.2kg in the AM reconstruction.

Like every big fair, it is almost impossible to see it all. So, feel free to share your favorites with us.

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Each of Tessa’s weekly picks is a curated group of 3D printed designs, based on the week’s chosen theme. If you would like to offer a theme for Tessa, or if you have your own 3D printed weekly picks you would like to see featured, please let us know by commenting below. Subscribe to the newsletter to get the latest weekly picks every week in your mailbox.

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