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3D Printing  Sheet Metal with FDM Technology

Dalsin Industries has a long history of investing in new production technologies to expand our ability to serve our customers’ needs.  We have expanded into 3D thermoplastic printing using FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling™) technology. 

3D printing is an additive manufacturing process which creates three dimensional solid objects from a digital CAD file.  This is accomplished without special tooling and can create products with highly complex geometries.  Dalsin is now offering 3D printing services to our B2B OEM customers, and will continue the development of thermoplastic parts for internal quality, engineering, and production requirements.

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The 3D Thermoplastic Printing equipment and technology builds thermoplastic parts for a variety of purposes and applications:

  • End product or sub-component part development, and functional prototypes. 
  • Parts used in the construction of inspection, production welding, assembly tooling, and manufacturing process fixtures.
  • Manufacturing tooling such as press brake forming.  3D is a great fit for short-run low-rate production and unique sheet metal part forming.  3D printing production methods offer both a low cost and a fast turn option on temporary production tooling.
  • Build parts in an envelope as large as 14” x 10” x 10” (355 x 254 x 254 mm). 
  • Deliver an accuracy of ± 0.005 inch or ± 0.0015 in./ in. (± 0.127 mm or ± 0.0015 mm/ mm).
  • Layer thickness options:  0.013” (0.330 mm);   0.010” (0.254 mm);   0.007” (0.178 mm);   0.005” (0.127 mm).
  • Build parts having complex geometries with no tooling constraints or secondary machining requirements.
  • Reduce lead-times with no waiting for machining fixtures or tooling construction.
  • Create durable parts suitable for finished goods or manufacturing tools.
  • Just-in-Time manufacturing (JIT) – components can be made on demand reducing inventory requirements.

How FDM Works:  FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling™) technology uses an additive process to manufacture parts by depositing successive layers of thermoplastic materials.  FDM thermoplastic options, such as ASA, meets or exceeds the mechanical properties of ABS, and PC polycarbonate.

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