Large-format additive manufacturing (LFAM) is a process that uses pellets as the feedstock through an extruder. SABIC has been studying the performance of tools printed using ULTEM™-based compounds on several commercial large format printers. The study included various types of tooling for processes such as autoclaving, thermoforming and drape forming.
This presentation will describe the printing conditions, the forming process and the performance of each tool. This presentation will show that ULTEM-based compounds shows good potential for tooling applications. More broadly, it confirms that LFAM is a viable approach for producing tooling that can withstand numerous cycles without introducing dimensional inaccuracies into the part, making it a viable process for industry adoption.
- Determine if ULTEM is the correct material for their application
- Realize the possible uses for 3D-printed tooling
- Recognize the durability of an ULTEM printed tool
Why Is It Important?
3D printing has come a long way. This topic will show how we have used this technology to produce actual tools for specific applications.