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Plural Additive Manufacturing

Plural Additive Manufacturing

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Company Website: http://pluralam.com/
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Siemens PLM Software:  None Specified
Business or Company Industry:  None Specified
Services Provided:  Hardware

Conference Booth Number

Small Business Lounge


Partner Level

Small Business

Solutions Center Times

Tuesday, May 9

7:00 - 4:00 Open
7:00 - 7:15 Attendee Breakfast
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee Break
11:30-1:30 Attendee Lunch
4:00 - 5:30 Closed
6:00 - 8:00 Partner/Attendee Reception
Wednesday, May 10
7:00 - 4:00 Open
7:00 - 7:15 Attendee Breakfast
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee Break
11:30-1:30 Attendee Lunch
3:00 - 3:30 Coffee Break
Thursday, May 11
7:00 - 2:00 Open
7:00 - 7:15 Attendee Breakfast
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee Break
11:30 - 1:30 Attendee Lunch
2:00 Closed | Tear-Down

Company Information

Round Table Sessions
Partner Presentations
Title: Additive Manufacturing Overview from a Data/Repeatability Standpoint
Primary Presenter: Doug Dingus [Applications / Manufacturing / Process Specialist - Plural Additive Manufacturing]
Date & Time: May 10, 2017 01:30 PM
Location: Knowledge Theater 2
Abstract: 

Overview of the Additive Manufacturing process from a data and repeatability point of view. (differentiates AM from mere 3D printing)

 Machines vary due to:

    • Materials last used
    • Extruder / Nozzle configuration
    • Software
  • Software stack, how slicers vary and the potential impact on tolerances and part repeatability
  • Remote Monitoring
    • Web Cam
    • Print Servers


Title: Incorporating Additive Manufacturing into your Production Process
Primary Presenter: Doug Dingus [Applications / Manufacturing / Process Specialist - Plural Additive Manufacturing]
Date & Time: May 10, 2017 09:15 AM
Location: 110
Abstract: 

What does incorporating Additive Manufacturing in to your production process look like?

 

  • FDM Tech Applications
    • Multi-Material, flexible materials combined with rigid polymers to provide one part (rigid and soft) seals and gaskets. Print with self-lubricating material combined with other materials (e.g., impeller hubs, wheel hubs) reducing friction and wear of moving parts. Will absolutely reduce the cost per part when factoring in all costs to manufacture.
    • Vacuum metallizing/deposition (VM or VD) for RF/noise Shielding
      • Expensive milled parts replaced with FDM manufactured plastics, vacuum metalized to match RF shield performance. Significant cost reduction and improved time to market. Fixture masks to aid in the VM process. PMT, a VM company from the initial purchase, on a month to month basis has made money by moving from service bureau support to producing parts in-house.
    • New High Temp materials with properties to include chemical resistance and fire retardancy. Easier to print with than Ultem and PEEK. Significant reduction in cost per part. Uses in many industries where extreme temperature and pressure is introduced, for fixtures, for parts residing in chemical baths.
    • Medical grade polymers combined with bio compatible industrial 3D printer
      • Oxygen free print chamber enables plastic parts to be built for inclusion in the human body. FDA requirement that any parts going inside the body must be built in an oxygen free environment. Introducing a positive pressure of nitrogen will enable this. 510K process approval underway.
  • Open vs Closed materials
    • Open Materials are backbone of profitable AM using FDM technology
      • An open materials environment allows for customers to better control their competitive entry into the market. Developing their own materials in conjunction with parters and having an open industrial slicer will allow for companies to differentiate themselves from their competition. Closed and controlled industrial printing environments limit capability in a market that more and more demands distinction.
    • New filaments appearing at rapid pace
      • Flexible
      • Electrical
      • Medical
      • High Temp

 

  • Additive Manufacturing cost and ROI analysis
    • What we have learned about per part costs
    • Print Farms Can Make Sense


 

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