Rapid Manufacturing

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Rapid Manufacturing

Rapid Manufacturing is a generic term that can refer to using additive manufacturing to directly produce parts used in an end-use or indirectly using AM to create patterns and tooling. Essentially all the processes described under patterns and tooling are applicable to rapidly producing end use parts: SL provides form while the material used in the final process provides properties needed in the final application.

• Direct Manufacture : SL has historically been relegated to prototype applications due to either mechanical properties or physical changes over time. As photopolymer formulations have advanced, the scope of applications for end use have advanced from art , dental guides and consumer articles to components used in manufacturing including material handling system components, jigs and fixtures. UnionTech™ equipment has been used for processing leading SL photopolymer formulations recognized globally for durability and versatility since 2003, creating a large information base that users can draw upon.
• Indirect Manufacture: Essentially all the processes described under patterns and tooling are applicable to rapidly producing end use parts: SL provides form while the material used in the final process provides properties needed in the final application.Some of the more widely known applications are the creation of tooling for thermoforming dental aligners and metal clad parts used for a variety of applications benefiting from the structural and physical properties available from a structural metal/photopolymer combination.