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End-Use Parts

Additive manufacturing or 3D printing also known as Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM).  FDM is a reliable method of fabrication that can be used throughout the production lifecycle of a product. Once the design of a product has been validated, and is ready for mass production, FDM is a valid way to begin production while more efficient methods and machines are being acquired.

FDM is suitable for low quantity production (approximately 1 to 2000 parts per year). One of the most important advantages of additive manufacturing is its simplicity in fabricating complex geometrical shapes that would not be possible or affordable to do with more conventional methods. Conventional production methods often require expensive machinery, tooling and jigs. If a change is to be made to a part, it does not only affect the design but everything that is used to produce that part. 

FDM is a practical solution, it does not require any additional tooling, it reduces material costs the production is directly linked to the virtual model data. If a change is made to the model, only the model is affected. Therefore, products that are continuously changing are best produced by FDM technology. FDM also allows functions with minimal inventory and aftermarket parts can still be easily produced. In the end, additive manufacturing is a method that is best suited for

  • Best suited for Low quantity production
  • Medium complexity to very complex design
  • FDM technology allows for continuous modification and improvement of the design with low impact and related production costs
  • Flexibility that allows to provide tailored solutions for custom projects.
  • Bridge production solution

Jigs, Fixtures & Tooling

Jigs and fixtures are very important components in production lines. These components ensure the continuity of the production, the consistency and speed of repetitive stations of the production line. These components are also the heart of a reliable production process.

 Producing these components can be a difficult and lengthy process. Designing jigs, fixtures and tooling is mainly difficult due to the amount of required customization. Producing these tools conventionally takes on average up to a month of designing and fabrication. However, when using FDM technology can reduce that period of time by half and maybe even more depending on the nature of the product. Here are some advantages to using FDM to develop jigs, fixtures and tooling.

  • Wide variety of material
  • Make lightweight components
  • Provide immediate accuracy of geometrical feature
  • Provides an improved and more flexible design capability
  • Reduces the production timeline
  • Provide cost efficiency

Pilot Parts & Prototypes

Invakor Technology utilizes Fuse Deposited Modeling (FDM) technology for prototyping purposes because it makes the parts readily available. It is the most efficient method of producing physical prototypes for design and functionality evaluation. It is also very practical when it comes time to discuss the design with a client. FDM technology is also the choice when it comes to performing tests through rigorous process.

 FDM technology allows for prototype iterations to be made quicker than traditional fabrication methods. Prototypes and Pilot Model made using FDM technology are less expensive and more effective than those made using conventional methods and materials.