What is Additive Manufacture 3D Printing?
Additive Manufacture Printing, also known as 3D printing, uses different technologies that fuse fine metal powder into a finished product, building the structure up in layers, with a process sequence taken from a computer-aided design file. As part of Reynolds’ product range, we have developed and implemented the use of AM processes to construct parts in stainless steel and titanium. These complement and integrate with our weldable tubular frame tubing products.
Products designed with AM processes in mind offer technical advantages over traditional techniques like machining or casting:
– Complex shapes in 3 dimensions.
– Varying thickness of materials within the design, improving fatigue life in the highly stressed areas of the component.
– Ability to alter dimensions for each print run, within the product parameters.
– Suitability for very low volume applications like custom frame building.
Within this evolving technology, Reynolds offer designs that optimise the use of AM, allowing for the practical implications like support structures whilst printing, minimum wall thickness, printer layer height and the finished appearance.
To support the designs Reynolds has made its single largest investment in over a decade by purchasing its own metal 3D print facility. This is a unique capability within the industry. We can offer a small batch capability to the frame builder that perfectly complements our existing tube set materials. Reynolds is also able to offer joining advice to further support you,
Reynolds initially launch each part after a test sequence including a successful ISO tested frame although each customer will have their own frame designs and fabrication methods.
The manufacture of Reynolds titanium parts using Direct Metal Laser Sintering with 6Al-4V powder is shown here.
The 6Al-4V material properties can be found here.
The manufacture of the 17-4PH stainless steel parts using a binder jet production system is shown here.