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Happy Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching we at i3D,MFG are so thankful for our continued customer support and loyalty. We couldn’t do it with out you! The last couple years have put a toll on every aspect of life and being able to make it through this time would not have been possible without our customers. So again, everyone at i3D,MFG is so thankful for our customers and the innovations they bring to the table to allow us to keep challenging this technology and disrupting the industry!

We know that once Thanksgiving comes, Christmas is right around the corner and then it is year end. In manufacturing we know that this time of the year is crunch time! We are here to support all of your metal 3D printing needs. Contact us today for a quote and one of our sales engineers will get back to you to assist with your year end projects.

Stephanie Bonfiglio – fobasvtyvb@v3qzst.pbz – 541.480.14.27

Robbie Rosten – eebfgra@v3qzst.pbz – 541-678-3468

By i3d

What Happens After the Print Completes?

What Happens After the Print Completes?

When we talk about additive manufacturing and Direct Metal Laser Solidification (DLMS®) the idea is usually around the printing of the part itself. What happens to the part once the build has finished printing? There are many different routes that can occur in post operations, some are able to be completed in-house and some are completed by sub-contractors.

Once the print finishes in the machine and the build plate is removed from the machine it then will go through powder removal process.

After powder removal depending on the material, support strategy, part geometry, and application the build plate may go through a series of heat treatments. Hot Isotropic Pressing (HIP), stress relief, solution anneal, or age hardening are the most common. Some applications require none of these processes and some require two to three of these. These processes may or may not be done on or off the build plate, it is determined by the part geometry and thermal stress that the part went through during the printing process.

Once the parts have gone through the heat treatments if required, they will get cut off the build plate or this step may have already happened prior to heat treatments. Typically done with an Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM), a band saw, or even utilizing hand tools to knock them off the build plate.

Now that the parts are off the build plate, they will go through support removal and cleanup. This can be labor intensive or very simple, it always comes back to part geometry and how the part grew on the build plate. Cleaning of the part can include bead blasting and tumbling of the parts, ultrasonic cleansing, or just plain old water. Technicians also utilize hand tools to clean up rough surfaces that may be due to support structures or how the part was orientated on the build plate, downward facing surfaces will be rougher than upward facing surfaces.

After support removal and clean up the part may need to get a coating of some sort or go to a post machining sub-contractor to get the parts to very precise measurements for the specific application or both. The additional processes to coat the parts are options such as a chemical conversion, anodizing, or a custom coating.

Often customers have requirements for strength, yield, and elongation test to be performed on tensile bars that nest with part on the build plate during the part print.

Another post operation that customers sometimes require is for a CT scan or X-Ray to be complete to see the internal part geometry that cannot be seen after the part is printed.

Final steps include a quality assurance process and finally packaging the parts for shipment to the customer.

For more information on our post operations please contact Stephanie Bonfiglio fobasvtyvb@v3qzst.pbz or Robbie Rosten eebfgra@v3qzst.pbz.

By Stephanie Wehrhan

Remembering Our Heros

I3D June News

Greetings,

As we find ourselves moving into summer, I3D would like to announce our upcoming plans for Summer. We’re thrilled to launch the opening of our new facility in Redmond, Oregon.  As our machine numbers continue to grow, i3D is honored to provide the finest DMLM printing available.

As the world continues to grapple with COVID-19, i3D wants to reiterate our staff has been closely following all CDC recommended guidelines for keeping workplaces clean and safe.

We’re here for our customers to help provide the best DMLM and DMLS printing available. If you wish to submit a quote you can do so online at i3dmfg.com or simply contact one of our Sales Engineers below to further assist with any questions you may have.

 

Stephanie Wehrhan

(541) 480-1427

fjrueuna@v3qzst.pbz

 

Robbie Rosten

(541) 678-3468

eebfgra@v3qzst.pbz

 

Thank you for choosing i3D for your services. We value you and your business, and want to continue providing excellent support for 3D

Sincerely,

 

i3D Team

By i3d

Holiday Season

First off we want to thank our loyal customers throughout this pandemic, we wouldn’t be here without you. As we head into Thanksgiving and the holiday season, we wanted to let our customers know that we plan on working skeleton crews to allow our employees to be home with their families while still providing 24/7 operations for our customers. We understand that the pandemic has caused us to play catch-up and the team at i3D will support our customers throughout these times. With that said, the earlier you are able to place your orders, the better we will be able to schedule our machines to meet customer required dates.

Thank you all again for your continued business and we look forward to what 2021 has in store for all of us!

Please contact Robbie Rosten or Stephanie Wehrhan if you have a RFQ.

Eebfgra@v3qzst.pbz – 541.678.3468
Fjruueuna@v3qzst.pbz – 541.480.1427

By Stephanie Wehrhan

Remembering Our Heroes

Greetings,

As we head into Memorial Day weekend, i3D would like to recognize the sacrifice and service of the men and women who have served in the US military as well as those who continue to serve our country. Our brave service men and women have helped pave the road for Americans to live a better life. We truly would not be where we are today without you, and we thank you.

In honor of Memorial Day, i3D’s office will be closed Monday May 25th to observe the holiday. We will resume operations Tuesday May 26th and look forward to continuing to serve your 3D metal printing needs.

Please take a moment this weekend to do something nice for someone as a way of paying tribute to the people who make it possible for us to experience the freedoms we enjoy.

Thank you for choosing i3D for your services. We value you and your business, and want to continue providing excellent support during these uncertain times.

Sincerely,

i3D Team

By Stephanie Wehrhan

What can be 3D printed? Talking Materials

What can be 3D printed? Talking Materials

There are many options for metal materials in the world of 3D printing. The most common metals used to print parts are Aluminum, Titanium, Inconel, and Stainless Steel. Each of these metals hold unique properties that set them apart from one another. Depending on the desired use of the part, certain materials are more sought after for specific applications and performance vs others.

Aluminum is widely used in the Aerospace industry because of its lightweight material properties. Aluminum has a high strength-to-weight ratio, low density, and natural anti-corrosive properties meaning it doesn’t degrade due to oxidation. AlSi10 is i3D MFG’s most common aluminum powder and generates a high success rate in parts with thin walls and complicated geometries. Another option available is Al6061, which is a highly ductile and cost effective aluminum that prints more than 50% faster than AlSi10. For this reason, it’s becoming more popular in the AM industry for customers seeking faster build times.

Titanium is another popular choice for customers seeking high corrosion resistance with their parts. Similar to Aluminum, Titanium provides low weight and high strength making it an ideal material for Aerospace and Automotive applications. Titanium is commonly used as an alloying element with Aluminum or Steel to achieve specific properties in terms of ductility, strength, and hardness. Ti64 powder is well suited for projects requiring weight reduction and bio-compatibility. Ti64 typically hardens to 36-41 HRC after heat treatment.

Inconel comes from a family of high-performance alloys, known for its strength and resistance to thermal degradation. Because of this, Inconel alloys (such as IN625 and IN718) hold up when used in high temperature applications. Industries such as the Aerospace and Automotive industry use Inconels because they provide superior heat resistance with a typical heat treatment hardness of 40-47 HRC.

Similar to Inconel alloys, Haynes 282 is a super-alloy developed for high temperature structural applications and provides excellent resistance to strain-age cracking. Haynes 282 also has high ductility making it easy to fabricate and machine, because of this it is a popular material choice for the Aerospace and Automotive industry. Haynes 282 powder typically hardens to 20-32 HRC after heat treatment.

Stainless Steel is commonly sought out for projects that require high resistance to heat and corrosion. Our stainless steel powders are medical grade and typically harden to 40-45 HRC after heat treatment. Due to its characteristics, Stainless Steel is a particularly good choice for parts requiring high strength and hardness. Stainless steel parts can be machined, welded, polished, and coated making them ideal for corrosion resistant applications.

Whatever your desired application is, i3D can help assess your needs and provide suggestions for materials that will cause your project to excel. From prototypes to production ready parts, we’re happy to navigate customers through our selection of high-performance metals to help pick the right material for any given project.

By Stephanie Wehrhan

Additive Manufacturing and Post Processing – A synergetic relationship

In the world of Additive Manufacturing, 3D printing is usually the first thing that comes to mind. However there is something equally as important in AM, and that’s strong relationships with post processing vendors. Once a part has been 3D printed, they are often not complete for a customers proposed application. This is why we rely on a synergetic relationship with post processing services to help us provide a complete and finished product that meets the customers criteria. The most common post processing services utilized in the AM industry today are Post-Machining, HIP treatment, and Anodizing.

Our friends at Cascade Precision Inc, an Oregon based AS9100 and ISO9001 certified Post-Machining company help to post process parts that require further assistance before they are considered complete. Post-Machine shops utilize high precision CNC machines to either lath or mill a part to meet given parameters or tolerances.

When parts need their density increased, heat combined with pressure is applied to the material from all directions in a manufacturing process called HIP (Hot Isostatic Pressing). Argon is the most commonly used pressure medium. After optimal HIP treatment is applied to parts tensile strength can increase significantly based on the ductility desired by the customer.

When aiming to give a part a certain cosmetic look, customers rely on anodizing services. Anodizing hardens and coats parts to make them tougher and give them a specific color chosen by the customer. Anodizing can differ between soft and hard coating, soft coating provides a thin coating while hard coating provides a thicker coating to help prevent corrosion.

Looking to the future, the importance of maintaining a synergetic relationship with post processing services cannot be overlooked. This relationship is crucial to meet the dynamic demands of the AM industry. i3D is committed to establishing strong working relationships with post processing services in order to provide the best product possible to suite our customers needs.

By Stephanie Wehrhan

i3D April News – COVID 19

Greetings,

Over the past several weeks, life has changed for all of us. From social distancing to adapting to a new normal we all are adjusting to a different way of life built on hope, creativity, and community while bound by one question: “When is this going to end?” The answer is we don’t know.

We do know that some things won’t change, i3D is proud to be an essential business. Our staff has been closely following all CDC recommended guidelines for keeping workplaces clean and safe. Policies have been established for worker protection to ensure the best possible sanitation of all our facilities.

Our normal operating hours have not changed. We’re here for our customers to help provide the best DMLM and DMLS printing available. We currently have open availability in our machine schedule, if you wish to submit a quote you can do so online at i3dmfg.com or simply contact one of our Sales Engineers below to further assist with any questions you may have.

 

Stephanie Wehrhan

(541) 480-1427

fjrueuna@v3qzst.pbz

 

Robbie Rosten

(541) 678-3468

eebfgra@v3qzst.pbz

 

Thank you for choosing i3D for your services. We value you and your business, and want to continue providing excellent support during these unprecedented times.

Sincerely,

 

i3D Team

 

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