The FIRST 3D printer for Brass
Achieve complex geometrics in one single procedure
By producing your components in 3D print, layer upon layer, without using casts or fusion.
Eliminate material waste and reduce storage costs
By creating your components directly in brass with no intermediate cost increasing processes
Produce faster and reduce costs
By placing more components and various prototypes for each printing job
The Fastest technology for pre-series and small batches production in brass
Additive manufacturing represents the quickest and less costly solution for the production of small lots, specifically because the geometric complexity of each component does not have an enormous impact on the final cost of production.
The more complex the component the more convenient is the use of 3D printing.
All this directly affects the validation of pre–series components which must be produced on a large scale, allowing the user to place 5, 10 different specimens in a short space of time, instead of several days/months, and producing them directly in one printing cycle.
One of the advantages of 3D Powder Bed Fusion printing is precisely being able to place different types of geometric forms and components on the building plate, in a single cycle production, in a short space of time.
This means that companies exploiting 3D printing gain a significant competitive advantage over companies not adopting 3D printing, since they can have, in hand, functional prototypes in a few hours. Moreover should the prototypes need modifying, companies using additive manufacturing can proceed to modify the geometrics in a matter of minutes, quickly producing the new prototypes.
Valve produced in CuZn42
Imagine how many more clients you will be able to satisfy by having your sample pieces in a short space of time at reduced costs, instead of many months with the added costs of a mould.
Can you tell which one was produced using 3D4BRASS and which one was produces using hot forging?
How 3D4BRASS cuts down the production flow
The process begins with a STEP file of the chosen component, which will be improved according to the directions of Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) which allows the use of only strictly necessary material, and reducing costs. Next stage is the laying out and disposal of the components on the printing plate with the aim of improving production and subsequent post production.
After the file has been loaded, simply launch the ‘job’ and 3D4BRASS will produce the component (or the sum of the components), layer upon layer, by fusing the small particles of brass in correspondence with the geometrics of the component, avoiding material waste and with details of 50 μm.
Once the printing process is completed, remove the component from the machine together with the printing plate, remove the supports necessary for the construction and carry out subsequent processes (shot peening, modifications, etc) to achieve the finished product. In the meantime, 3D4BRASS has already salvaged the residual powder in the machine, and is ready to immediately launch a new job.
Once the finished pieces have been removed from the printing plate, and necessary post production work has been carried out, the finished and functional components are ready to be installed on the machine or for selling. Thanks to 3D4BRASS, production is super quick and economical.
3D4BRASS is the first 3D Powder Bed Fusion printer using brass powders
What does “authentic 3D PBF printing” mean?
Today, as a simple research on Google confirms, when you look up 3D printing technology for brass, you come across technologies which only ‘pretend’ to be 3D printing.
There are many websites and internet platforms which select simple FDM printers as their production method, to produce a component, creating a cast and then the mould. Subsequently they use the mould to pour the molten brass, but this is not, in actual fact, 3D printing in brass.
3D printing in brass DOES NOT mean producing, in additive, a cast for the mould, but it means building the brass component directly.
This technique called lost-wax casting or investment casting cannot be considered 3D printing, but rather smelting. Moreover this technique is not suitable for industrial production of mechanical components because it involves:
- The use of tools for the fusion of metals such as dangerous and costly furnaces;
- Long production times involving creating the mould, pouring the molten brass and removing excess;
- Huge limitations on geometrics because of the impossibility of creating complex and interwoven geometrics;
- High waste of material and time due to mandatory destruction of the mould after each pouring.