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Democratizing composites manufacturing -inexpensive tooling empowers new players

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-10
Number of pages5
JournalSAMPE Journal
Volume53
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Abstract

Additive manufacturing (AM) has become more common in the composites industri/ during the past decade. Tliere are several areas where the quick production of tooling and fixtures using additive manufacturing makes sense. Typical drawbacks of AM have recently been solved, such as the low-T of printing materials and small build envelopes. However, wide-spread use of AM in the composites industry is not yet reality due to risks involved with investments in a new production method and the lack of expertise to use AM where the benefits are greatest. The risks can be lowered with the right approach and acquiring AM expertise does not necessarily mean big investments in machines. We will present here an approach, which alloios composites manufacturers to experiment and explore the possibilities of AM without risky purchases. A case study is presented showing how a real product, such as a bicycle frame, can be manufactured using loiu-cost AM techniques.

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Field of science, Statistics Finland