CASE STUDY | A corkscrew

One of the prominent features of additive manufacturing is to reduce the number of produced parts and, therefore, the production’s time and piece’s weight. Moreover, It could also affect the running and durability of production lines.

At IAM 3D HUB, we have prepared an example of 3D printing optimization with the redesign of a corkscrew:

In its traditional configuration, this tool has six different parts:

Arms (2 ud.)

Body (1 ud.)

Screw (1 ud.)

Pin (2 ud.)

These six parts should be manufactured, polished, positioned and assembled piece by piece. It is a long and complex process that only works out with a large production. Furthermore, it is normal to obtain some waste from misproduced pieces, which could imply a rise in production costs.

However, with the arrival of HP’s new 3D printing industrial technology, Multi Jet Fusion, this manufacturing workflow is changing.

How does MJF system work?

The process starts with a layer of material applied to the work area. In the opposite direction, in one continuous pass, the machine prints fusing and detailing agents across the full working area. This pass combines the printing with the fusing energy, and the process is completed.

The innovative technology prints quickly along the bed width, enabling extreme precision and dimensional accuracy.

The result

Redesigning the piece for taking advantage of MJF technology features, we reduce de number of parts from 6 to 4 and we do not need to ensemble any part, which implies a reduction in manufacturing cost and time to market reduction.