Additive manufacturing is a broad term for processes that allow for 3D printing objects such as stereolithography and selective laser sintering. 3D printing as the potential to allow for low cost manufacturing without having to order in bulk. New technologies with polymer 3D are allowing for fast prototypes that are sturdy enough for now while being lightweight such as the nylon (PA66) material. Additionally, Polymer 3D printing doesn’t have to replace traditional manufacturing but can be used along side to aid the process.
- The technology of polymer-making has evolved considerably. Today’s options are much closer in character to metal.
- Because of these evolved characteristics a whole range of new design opportunities is opening up. The polymers have greater elasticity.
- Even low volume sales are cost-effective with this new technology, opening up a flood of new customer possibilities.
“3D printing gives bearing manufacturers the design flexibility to produce bearings with bespoke elements and enhanced performance.”