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  • Tempus 3D | Metal 3D Printing Service

    Custom Metal 3D Printing Service 3D print custom metal parts with excellent material properties with a high level of precision and durability. Start A New 3D Printing Quote Guaranteed consistently high-quality 3D printed prototypes and production parts Get a Quote All uploads are secure and confidential. Metal 3D printing is used to manufacture geometrically complex parts which can be prohibitively expensive or impossible to make with any other fabrication method. The speed and versatility of 3D printing metal allows manufacturers to go from designing to manufacturing custom metal parts quickly and affordably, without sacrificing part quality. A range of metals produce final parts that can be used for custom designs, rapid prototyping or end-use applications. 3D Printed Metals Most Popular Quickest Lowest Cost Volume Orders Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) builds metal parts by selectively fusing thin layers of stainless steel powder using a laser. This process is ideal for printing precise, high-resolution parts with complex geometries. DMLS is excellent for producing functional prototypes or low-to-mid volume production runs of parts with intricate details and delicate features, and parts designed for demanding environments.​ Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) Materials 316L Stainless Steel 316L stainless steel, also known as 1.4404, is a high performance marine-grade stainless steel. This austenitic stainless steel includes molybdenum for enhanced corrosion resistance in chloride environments. 316 L is excellent for applications where flexibility or malleability are needed. Max part size 150 x 150 x 150 mm Layer height 20 µm Tensile Strength 620 MPa Elongation at break 40% Learn More Binder jetting produces high-resolution parts with fine feature detail. The printer deposits fine metal powder into thin layers held together by a binder. The finished part is sintered in a furnace for final densification and removal of any binding material. Binder Jet 3D printing is excellent for producing high quality, complex metal parts designed for demanding environments. The ability to print multiple parts at once makes this technology excellent for low- to mid- volume production of custom prototypes or end-use parts. Binder Jet Materials Volume Orders 17-4 PH Stainless Steel 17-4PH stainless is a hardened stainless steel which is known for its corrosion resistance and high levels of strength and toughness. 17-4 PH has greater tensile strength and yield strength than 316L Stainless, but far less elongation at break. Max part size 150 x 100 x 50 mm Layer height 50 – 100 µm Tensile Strength 912 MPa Elongation at break 5.9% Hardness 26.4 Learn More Bound Metal Deposition (BMD) Materials Bound Metal Deposition extrudes metal rods to create complex shapes layer-by-layer. Once printed, parts are sintered in a furnace for final densification. Achieves 98% density, similar to cast parts. Layer lines are typically visible and part surfaces are similar to cast part surfaces. This printing process can have closed-cell infill for lightweight strength. This printing process is excellent for all-purpose parts including prototypes and end-use parts, and form-, fit- and function- testing. Copper Copper is an excellent choice for applications requiring thermal and electrical conductivity. This 3D printed copper is 99.9% pure, giving it excellent material properties compared to copper 3D printed with some other 3D printing processes. Max part size 150 x 150 x 110 mm Layer height (standard res.) 100-220 µm Layer height (high res.) 50 µm Tensile Strength 195 MPa Elongation at break 30% Learn More 17-4 PH Stainless Steel Characterized by its combination of strength, hardness, and corrosion resistance, 17-4 PH is a stainless steel ideal for a variety of applications, including tooling, molds, and production parts. Max part size 150 x 150 x 110 mm Layer height (standard res.) 100-220 µm Layer height (high res.) 50 µm Tensile Strength 925 MPa Elongation at break 5.30% Learn More 316L Stainless Steel 316L stainless steel is a molybdenum - bearing austenitic steel. This material has excellent corrosion resistance, and great mechanical properties at high and low temperatures. Max part size 150 x 150 x 110 mm Layer height (standard res.) 100-220 µm Layer height (high res.) 50 µm Tensile Strength 590 MPa Elongation at break 75% Learn More H13 Tool Steel H13 tool steel is a chromium-molybdenum steel that is characterized by it's hardness, resistance to abrasion and deformation. This material is harder than 17-4 PH Stainless Steel and capable of maintaining material properties at high temperatures. Max part size 150 x 150 x 110 mm Layer height (standard res.) 100-220 µm Layer height (high res.) 50 µm Tensile Strength 1520 MPa Elongation at break 2% Learn More Surface Finish Options Standard Finish Supports are removed and layer lines are visible. Bead Blasting Bead blasting smooths the surface and has a satin finish. Custom A custom finish is available upon request. Advantages of Metal 3D Printing Rapid Prototyping Metal 3D printing is well-suited for rapid prototyping, allowing engineers and designers to quickly iterate and test designs before committing to large-scale production. This can accelerate the product development cycle and reduce time-to-market. Complex Geometries Metal 3D printing produces highly complex and intricate geometries that would be challenging or impossible to achieve using traditional manufacturing methods. This is particularly beneficial in industries such as aerospace and healthcare. Tooling Cost Reduction Traditional manufacturing often requires expensive tooling for each specific part. With metal 3D printing, tooling costs can be reduced or eliminated, as the same equipment can be used for a variety of complex shapes without molds or dies. Manufacturing Metal 3D printing supports on-demand and small-batch manufacturing, making it cost-effective for producing low volumes of specialized or custom parts without the need for maintaining large inventories. Lightweight Structures Metal 3D printing enables the creation of lightweight structures with optimized designs, leading to improved performance and fuel efficiency in applications like aerospace and automotive. Repair and Maintenace Metal 3D printing can be used for efficient repair and maintenance of existing components, extending the lifespan of critical parts and reducing the need for complete replacements. ​ Custom Designs Metal 3D printing produces custom and personalized components, as each part can be designed and printed to meet specific requirements. This is valuable in industries like healthcare, where patient-specific pieces can be created. Design Freedom Designers have greater freedom in creating innovative and optimized structures, as they are not constrained by traditional manufacturing limitations. This can result in improved functionality and efficiency. Reduced Waste Traditional manufacturing methods often involve subtractive processes, where material is cut away from a larger block to achieve the final shape. Metal 3D printing is an additive process, built layer by layer, which can significantly reduce material waste. Join the Manufacturing Revolution with Tempus 3D Upload your CAD file for an online quote and start manufacturing today Get a quote

  • Tempus 3D | Article - CGX benefits from MJF technology

    Case study: CGX HEADSETS CGX uses Multi Jet Fusion technology to create innovative designs, simplify supply chain, and reduce time to market. "Over the past 2 years using HP MJF, we’ve noticed significant improvements in material stability, finishing techniques, and turnaround time. This explains why MJF is the focal point of our design process. We have several ground-breaking products in the R&D stage today that were simply unbuildable just 3 years ago.” Key bene fits Able to manufacture 95% of EEG headset parts with MJF technology. Labor hours cut from 30 hours to 15 hours. Significant savings in cost and lead times. Lighter, stronger, more robust parts. Able to quickly and easily modify and improve design of prototypes and end-use parts. The biocompatibility certification of the materials enables their use for medical devices. Organization CGX Systems Industry Medical Technology HP Multi Jet Fusion Materials HP PA12, HP PA11 Introduction CGX Systems is a medical innovation company which is a leader in designing and manufacturing dry electroencephalogram (EEG) headsets and dry electrodes. During the development and commercialization phase of the EEG technology their manufacturing processes were limiting the ability to design and manufacture high-quality products quickly and effectively. Challenge CGX designs and manufactures its own EEG devices which are used to monitor brain activity. As they transitioned from the design to the manufacturing process, the developers wanted a more efficient production method and better materials than the ones they were using at the time. Some of the parts were 3D printed with ABS filaments, but this resulted in quality control issues and the end result was not aesthetically pleasing. Other production methods they tried, including gravity casting and polyurethane, were too slow to keep up with demand. Injection molding was not an economical option as it was too expensive for the low-volume production runs and the highly specialized design. CGX needed a solution that could efficiently build low-volume, specialized systems using materials that were robust, biocompatible, and easy to manufacture. Solution CGX enlisted the help of a 3D printing service bureau with HP Multi Jet Fusion technology to provide a solution to their challenges. They started playing with multiple design iterations of functional prototypes to optimize their headset design, and were able to gain significant savings in cost and lead times over their previous prototyping and manufacturing processes. “We took all of our gravity cast parts and switched them to HP Multi Jet Fusion because there were a lot more possibilities with it... we even started making some of our molds out of HP MJF because it was consistent and it lasted longer than what we were using previously. We really tried to focus on using HP Multi Jet Fusion for all parts of our manufacturing." Result CGX now manufactures 95% of their headset parts with Multi Jet Fusion. Because the same technology is used for prototyping and manufacturing they can easily modify their products as they go. “We can... rapidly design because we’re not putting time and dollars into molds or tooling, so we’re able to modify our headset designs for continual improvement”. Another benefit is the robust and flexible nature of the materials, which can stand up to long-term wear and tear. “HP MJF has really helped. When you design correctly, it’s basically indestructible. That really helps us improve our overall design. Our first-generation EEG was heavier, less elegant, and could become uncomfortable for sensitive subjects. Our new designs are significantly more user friendly.” ​ Other benefits CGX experienced with Multi Jet Fusion are speed and efficiency of production. Their labor hours were cut in half from 30 hours to 15 hours, while designing more sophisticated parts with more features than they could with other manufacturing technologies. “HP MJF changed our business. We are able to design and produce far more sophisticated devices while reducing design and manufacturing time by almost 50%. View the full case study by HP Learn more about HP Multi Jet Fusion https://www.tempus3d.com/hp-multi-jet-fusion Learn more about HP PA12 https://www.tempus3d.com/hp-nylon-pa12 How to design for Multi Jet Fusion https://www.tempus3d.com/hp-multi-jet-fusion-design-guide Data courtesy of HP and CGX. Photos courtesy of CGX.

  • Tempus 3D | Additive Manufacturing in the Auto Industry

    The Value of Additive Manufacturing in the Automotive Industry For the past decade, additive manufacturing (also known as industrial 3D printing) has played an increasingly important role in the automotive industry. It was initially used to create automotive prototypes to check their form and fit. As 3D printing technology and materials have evolved and diversified, 3D printing has moved from an optional technology limited to producing simple prototypes to an integral part of the manufacturing process, from initial conceptualization to production of final parts. The automotive industry has been transformed by the opportunities provided by additive manufacturing. Now commonly used in design studios, factory assembly lines and customization, 3D printers are aiding in design and development, accelerating the assembly process, creating complex parts, enhancing measurement and testing, and providing customization solutions across the range of the development process. The Czinger 21C hypercar showcases the future of additive manufacturing in the automotive industry. With over 350 AM components used in the vehicle's structure, suspension, brake systems, drivetrain and beyond, each component is computationally engineered and optimized for weight, efficiency and performance. To start, it is important to clarify how additive manufacturing works. In this process, a part is built layer by layer from the ground up, eventually completing the form of the finished part. This has minimal material waste as only the materials needed to build the part are used. This is in contrast to subtractive manufacturing (such as CNC machining), where a part is formed by removing material from raw stock, or injection molding, where multiple parts are cast in a mold. Traditional manufacturing methods can be limited by the speed of manufacturing, setup costs, design limitations, and/or ability to complete on-the-fly design adjustments. In contrast, the process of building in layers gives a great deal of design freedom, as intricate shapes, hollow parts, and interlined parts can be built as easily as simple shapes, and parts can be produced within hours or days, rather than weeks. BMW has been 3D printing parts for it's vehicles since 2010. Here, parts are being manufactured for the BMW i8 roadster using HP Multi Jet Fusion technology. Applications of Additive Manufacturing in the Automotive Industry Typical applications of additive manufacturing (AM) in the automotive industry include: Design and concept communication 3D printed scale models allow engineers to communicate and demonstrate design concepts for new vehicles or vehicle components. These models are also used for the aerodynamic testing of new models. For example, GM used 3D printing to build 75 percent of a C8 Corvette prototype , allowing the automaker to make changes on the fly to design parts and make sure they fit together properly. They also used 3D printing to train robots on the production line instead of having to wait for the final parts to be built. 3D printed Chevrolet C8 Corvette Prototype Rapid prototyping and design validation In the ongoing race to be the first and best, auto manufacturers continually engage in research and development to create better products and get them to market faster than their competitors. AM makes this process quicker and more affordable, with its ability to quickly create working prototypes in just a few hours, instead of typical turnarounds of several days or more. This can help product designers test and iterate more frequently and cost-effectively, ultimately leading to better end products. Using AM is now one of the most common ways to validate a prototype, whether it’s a small quickly printed detail or a full-scale functional part for performance validation and testing. Skorpion Engineering uses a structural welding technique to produce large parts with HP Multi Jet Fusion technology. Design optimization and weight reduction Automotive manufacturers work to improve the design of components in order to minimize weight, reduce manufacturing steps, or improve the overall design. The additive manufacturing process allows weight-reducing strategies such as using lighter materials or eliminating non-structural material or integrating multiple parts into one. For example, engineers at GM and Autodesk used generative design to consolidate an 8-component seat bracket assembly into a single piece. This 3D printed seat bracket is 40% lighter and 20% stronger than the original part. ​ ​ Seat bracket re-engineered by GM for weight reduction and streamlined manufacturing. Jigs, fixtures and tooling In the production stage, additive manufacturing is used to rapidly manufacture grips, jigs and fixtures, as well as make molds for parts. This allows manufacturers to streamline the assembly process and produce customized tools at a low cost. For example, Ford uses 3D printing for jigs and fixtures to streamline the assembly of their vehicles, and BMW has replaced aluminum fixtures with 3D printed thermoplastic fixtures. Production parts An increasing number of manufacturers are producing end-use parts with additive manufacturing. This manfuacturing process offers greater freedom of design and ability to innovate without sacrificing strength or structural integrity when compared to traditional manufacturing. An added benefit is that the same technology can be used for concept models, functional prototypes and end-use parts, providing a streamlined transition from initial concept through mass production. Bugati’s eight-piston monoblock brake caliper is the world’s first brake caliper to be produced by a 3D printer. Customized parts Customization is an increasingly popular trend in the automotive industry, mainly due to the advancements in 3D printing technology and materials. Additive manufacturing makes it easy and cost-effective to create unique items or low-volume production runs of custom parts, in a way not previously possible. Some manufacturers customize vehicles to suit a particular customer, others to improve the performance or appearance of specific vehicles. A fun example is Volkswagen, who used their VW Type 20 concept van to showcase some of their most cutting-edge technologies and ability for mass customization of vehicle components. Replacement parts With traditional manufacturing methods, it is usually more cost-effective to manufacture large quantities at one time than to produce parts as needed. This results in consuming storage space to stockpile parts, or throwing away extra or obsolete parts that were overproduced. 3D printing has the same low cost per part, whether they are produced individually or mass-produced. This allows on-demand manufacturing, where parts are produced as needed. With the use of CAD, designs for all parts can be kept as a digital copy, making the need to keep inventory obsolete. Even parts that no longer exist can potentially be remade to requirement, or reverse engineered based on digital scans of existing parts. Porsche has dedicated a branch, called Porsche Classic, to keep their vintage lines alive. They use 3D printing to produce plastic and metal replacement parts as needed. Benefits of Additive Manufacturing in the Automotive Industry There are a variety of ways the automotive industry benefits from additive manufacturing. These include: Reduced production time Because there is minimal setup and no tooling required, additive manufacturing provides a much faster turnaround time for prototypes and short-run production than traditional manufacturing. Additional time is saved if multiple parts can be integrated into one design, which eliminates the time and cost of assembly. Because functional parts can be manufactured in days rather than weeks, the prototyping process can be completed efficiently and products taken to market faster and more affordably than previously possible. Less wasted material Generally, additive manufacturing produces far less wasted material than traditional manufacturing because the parts are built layer-by-layer, rather than removing unnecessary material from a solid piece or creating unique molds for each part design. The ability to produce parts on demand also reduces the need to dispose of unused product if it is unused or becomes obsolete. Supply chain optimization The ongoing supply chain issues are accelerating the trend of localized manufacturing. Automotive manufacturers are eliminating delays due to materials shortages and shipping delays by manufacturing parts on-site or outsourcing to local 3D printing service bureaus. This has the added benefit of supporting the local economy and saving shipping costs, which have up to 200+% over the past year alone. Reduced energy consumption Additive manufacturing is far less energy-intensive than traditional manufacturing processes. An additional benefit is lower fuel consumption and pollution due to minimized shipping of raw materials and final product, as parts are manufactured closer to home. Reduced inventory As additive manufacturing is used to create replacement parts and tooling, facilities require less inventory space to store the extra parts. This can reduce overhead and save space. Cost savings All of the above factors can result in cost benefits and reductions, especially over time and when compared to traditional manufacturing, yielding a positive return on investment. Supporting Manufacturers with Industrial 3D printing Tempus 3D is an additive manufacturing service bureau located in Western Canada that specializes in the additive manufacturing of industrial plastics for the Canadian market. We support our clients throughout the manufacturing process from initial conceptualization and prototyping through full manufacturing of end-use parts. With industry-leading HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology and industry expertise, the team at In-Gear has the tools and expertise to support your product development goals. Contact us today to learn more. Learn more about Tempus 3D's products and services Explore more case studies and articles About HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology

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  • 3D Printing in Medicine: Revolutionizing the Medical Sector

    From prosthetic limbs to personalized implants, 3D printing technology is rapidly transforming the medical field. This innovative process offers a unique opportunity to create customized solutions for patients, pushing the boundaries of traditional healthcare practices. The Impact of 3D Printing in Medicine 3D printing allows for the creation of patient-specific models of organs, bones, and other anatomical structures. These models are invaluable for surgeons, enabling them to: Plan complex surgeries with greater precision. By studying a 3D-printed replica of a patient's organ, surgeons can identify potential problems and refine their surgical approach, leading to better outcomes and reduced complications. Practice and rehearse procedures beforehand. Surgeons can use 3D-printed models to practice complex surgeries beforehand, improving their skills and confidence, ultimately leading to shorter surgery times and improved patient experiences. Educate patients and their families. 3D-printed models can be used to show patients and their families what to expect during a surgery, leading to better understanding and informed decisions. Beyond Surgical Planning 3D printing is also being used to create a range of innovative medical devices and implants, including: Prosthetics: 3D-printed prosthetics are now available for patients of all ages, offering a more comfortable and functional solution than traditional prosthetics. Implants: 3D printing allows for the creation of custom-made implants, such as hip and knee replacements, which can be perfectly matched to a patient's individual anatomy. Medical devices: 3D-printed medical devices, such as splints and casts, can be quickly and easily created at the point of care, providing patients with customized solutions without the need for long waiting lists. The Future of 3D Printing in Medicine The potential of 3D printing in medicine is vast. Researchers are currently exploring the use of 3D printing for: Bioprinting organs and tissues for transplantation: This technology could revolutionize organ transplantation, addressing the critical shortage of donor organs. Creating personalized drug delivery systems: 3D-printed drugs could be designed to release medication at specific times and dosages, improving the efficacy of treatment. Developing new medical devices and surgical techniques: 3D printing will continue to drive innovation in the medical field, leading to new and improved ways to diagnose and treat diseases. As 3D printing technology continues to evolve, its impact on the medical sector is sure to become even more profound. This transformative technology has the potential to improve patient outcomes, reduce costs, and ultimately make healthcare more accessible and personalized.

  • Unlocking Innovation: The Advantages of Metal 3D Printing

    Introduction In recent years, the world of manufacturing has witnessed a revolutionary transformation with the advent of metal 3D printing technology. Also known as additive manufacturing, metal 3D printing is a cutting-edge technique that builds three-dimensional objects layer by layer using metal powder. This technology has brought about a paradigm shift in the manufacturing landscape, offering a myriad of advantages that are reshaping industries and fostering innovation. Complex Geometries Made Possible Traditional manufacturing methods often struggle with the production of intricate and complex designs. Metal 3D printing, however, excels in creating components with intricate geometries that were once deemed impossible. This capability enables engineers and designers to push the boundaries of what can be achieved, leading to more efficient and optimized structures in industries such as aerospace, healthcare, and automotive. Material Efficiency and Waste Reduction One of the key advantages of metal 3D printing lies in its ability to utilize materials with high precision, minimizing waste. Traditional subtractive manufacturing methods often result in significant material loss as parts are machined from larger blocks. Metal 3D printing builds objects layer by layer, only using the material required for the final product. This not only reduces material costs but also contributes to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly manufacturing process. Rapid Prototyping and Time-to-Market Acceleration The speed at which metal 3D printing can produce prototypes is a game-changer for product development cycles. Design iterations that would traditionally take weeks or months can now be accomplished in a fraction of the time. This accelerated prototyping process allows companies to bring products to market faster, giving them a competitive edge in today's dynamic business environment. Customization and Personalization Metal 3D printing enables the production of highly customized and personalized components. Whether it's a unique medical implant tailored to an individual's anatomy or specialized aerospace parts, this technology empowers manufacturers to create products that meet specific requirements. The ability to tailor designs on a case-by-case basis opens up new possibilities in fields like healthcare, where patient-specific solutions are increasingly in demand. Weight Reduction and Enhanced Performance In industries where weight is a critical factor, such as aerospace and automotive, metal 3D printing offers a unique advantage. The technology allows for the creation of lightweight structures with optimized geometries, maintaining structural integrity while reducing overall weight. This not only improves fuel efficiency but also enhances the overall performance and durability of the final product. Cost-Effective Low-Volume Production While traditional manufacturing processes may struggle with cost-effectiveness in low-volume production runs, metal 3D printing excels in this area. The flexibility of additive manufacturing allows for efficient production of small batches without the need for expensive tooling and molds. This is particularly beneficial for niche markets, prototypes, and custom components where economies of scale are not a primary concern. Conclusion Metal 3D printing has emerged as a transformative force in the manufacturing industry, unlocking new possibilities and pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved. From complex geometries to sustainable practices, the advantages of metal 3D printing are reshaping the way products are designed, prototyped, and manufactured. As the technology continues to evolve, it holds the promise of further innovations, propelling industries into a future defined by efficiency, customization, and unparalleled design freedom. Explore the Posssibilities of Metal 3D Printing with Tempus 3D Additive Manufacturing If you are interested in trying industrial 3D printing for prototyping or production of end-use products, Tempus 3D offers cost-effective industrial 3D printing solutions for the Canadian market. Tempus clients are able to establish a direct-to-manufacturer link, allowing personalized service and the opportunity to create custom contracts suited to your manufacturing needs. Learn more about Tempus 3D at www.tempus3d.com, or contact us to discuss how we can help you meet your production goals.

  • How HP 3D Printing Technology Helped Biotec Make Products Better, Faster, and More Affordably

    Biotec is an Italian company that develops and manufactures equipment for the medical and aesthetics industries. Biotec was looking for way to improve the quality of manufactured parts while reducing the time of production and overall cost. Traditionally, Biotech used injection molding, but they started investigating alternative production options including 3D printing with HP Multi Jet Fusion technology. Biotec completed a head-to-head comparison of HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing with injection molding and measured the results. The part they tested was the handpiece shell of a Biotec product called Lipo-Ice. The results of the test were impressive: the surface and material quality of the end part were nearly identical the cost of production was reduced by 50+% the overall productivity in the part manufacturing process was improved. As a result of the study, Biotec invested in HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology, and now use it for prototyping and manufacturing for many of their devices. “Our HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200 Printing Solution has allowed us to significantly reduce the production time of our parts ... We can now make them in 24 to 48 hours, instead of taking an entire week. The cost has also been reduced by about 66%, without any compromise in quality. 3D printing is now fully integrated into our production cycle.” (Matteo Pretto, Biotec) The HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology provides a competitive advantage for Biotec, allowing them to produce higher quality parts more quickly and affordably than with their previous manufacturing processes. Learn more about prototyping and manufacturing end-use parts with an HP-Certified Manufacturing partner at https://www.tempus3d.com/hp-multi-jet-fusion The information and images provided in this article are courtesy of HP. A link to the full article is provided below.

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