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3D Printing Services For The Recreational Industry

i3DMFG 3D Printing Services Recreational Industry

Extreme sports and the demand for lighter and stronger products drives the recreational and outdoor industries. Solid and reliable design and finished part production are critical in building customer loyalty. For the professional, high-value parts and consumers in these industries, 3D printing provides cost-effective exotic metal production, R&D flexibility, one-off customization, and speed-to-market efficiencies.

i3D MFG™’s 3D engineering, material application, and metal printing expertise offers our clients next generation design-for-3D innovations. We manufacture fully functional 3D metal parts and components in Titanium, Inconel, Stainless Steel, Maraging (tool) Steel, and Aluminum. Generally, the DMLS process has held tolerances of +/- .002 off of the machine and can be post-processed to even finer specifications.

Titanium Bicycle Parts

i3D MFG™ specializes in DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering) in titanium. Because additive manufacturing builds parts by fusing tens of thousands of micro-layers of metal powder together using 400W lasers on 20 to 40 micron layers of metal powder instead of machining a part out of billet, material waste is reduced by close to 70%. The efficient use of material makes 3D printed titanium more cost effective than most machined or cast titanium parts. The ability to customize designs and manufacture in small batches without tooling and set-up costs adds further value for custom bike manufacturers.

With densities approaching 100%, any traditional post-process finish is possible, including welding and polishing i3D MFG™’s held tolerances are up to +/- 0.002, enabling precise design manufacturing with the option to add material and post process to even tighter tolerances but from a much closer starting point than typically seen in traditional machine or cast parts, thereby reducing costly hand-finish costs. The process is all on-shore, protecting customer designs and costly tool change time and shipping.

Water & Mountain Gear

From wind surfing and kite boarding to scuba gear, 3D metal printing is well matched with the strength and mechanical property demand of extreme water sports. i3D MFG™’s DMLS 3D manufacturing process can take new ideas and reworks on current gear from R&D to full production in weeks or months. Because DMLS is a no-waste process, scrap material is reduced by 50-70%, making titanium, Inconel, and stainless steel more 30-40% more cost effective than they would be using traditional manufacturing methods.

Complex 3D geometries and assemblies can be printed as single parts, eliminating welds, gaskets, and screws, thereby increasing part efficiency and reducing potential failure points. Conformal channels, lattice designs, and inserts can easily be incorporated into a 3D design to achieve new innovations. As an ITAR registered company, i3D™ is certified for military and local public safety contracting.

Titanium Golf Components

Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) is a no-waste manufacturing process, thereby reducing traditional machine scrap by 50-70%. The efficient use of expensive materials like titanium makes 3D printed specialty components more cost effective than most machined or cast titanium parts. The ability to customize designs and manufacture in small batches without tooling and set-up costs adds further value for custom golf gear manufacturers.

AT nearly 100% density, i3D™’s titanium parts can be post processed in the same ways that traditionally cast or machined parts are. Complex 3D geometries and assemblies can be printed as single parts, eliminating welds, gaskets, and screws, thereby increasing part and labor efficiencies.

Metals We Print

i3D MFG™ offers one of the largest selections of DMLS standard metal powders in the U.S. We are one of the few 3D manufacturers specializing in Titanium and Inconel and are the EOS North America MPA (Material Process Applications) partner specializing in custom metal powder applications. Our engineers are experts in Design-for-3D strategies, enabling our customers to realize significant competitive advantages in design and proprietary advancements.

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Aluminum (Al)

AlSi12 is our most common DMLS Aluminum powder and is perfect for projects with good thermal and low weight considerations.  It is an optimal metal for parts with thin walls and complex geometries.

Titanium (Ti)

Ti64 is the standard DMLS powder which is well suited for Medical, Aerospace, Firearms, Energy and Automotive projects requiring corrosion resistance, strength, weight reduction and biocompatibility.

Stainless Steels

PH1 is a medical grade, sterilisable, corrosion resistant steel. It is primarily used in Medical, Firearms, Energy and Automotive applications. After heat treatment, PH1 hardens to 40-45 HRC. Our stainless steel equivalents include 15-5, 17-4, and .316. Parts made from EOS StainlessSteel PH1 can be machined, spark-eroded, welded, micro shot-peened, polished and coated if required.

Maraging Steel

Our maraging steel powder has excellent strength and mechanical properties. MS1 is a pre-alloyed, ultra high strength steel powder most commonly used for tooling applications. Its chemical composition corresponds to U.S. 18% Ni Maraging 300, European 1.2709 and German X3NiCoMoTi 18-9-5. After heat treatment, MS1 typically has a 50-53 HRC.

Inconel (IN718)

IN718 is a DMLS nickel; A Chromium alloy with superior heat resistance and typical heat treatment hardness of 40-47 HRC (370-450HB).  Rocket, space, aerospace, firearms, energy, and automotive industries rely on Inconel.

Custom Powders

i3D MFG™ is the market leader is DMLS powder development. In addition to our established metallurgical partnerships, i3D™ is the first North American EOS Material Process Application (MPA) Development Partner, giving us access to the latest DMLS machine parameter sets and enabling i3D™ to develop highly specialized powder applications for aerospace, rocket, automotive, and casting customers.

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