Areas of application
3D printing - technology of the futureAdditive manufacturing has been in a phase of rapid growth for years. Through the development of versatile new materials and the continuous optimization of the manufacturing processes, new application areas are constantly opening up for 3D printing in a wide variety of industries. Prototyping is still a key application area, especially in the industrial environment, but the production of ready-to-assemble products, for example for the automotive industry or the tool and mechanical engineering industries, is also becoming increasingly important.
Advantages of 3D printing
Innovation through design freedom
The main advantages of 3D printing become clear when compared to traditional manufacturing processes. While ablative or forming techniques such as milling, forging, welding, drilling or soldering reach their limits in the production of complex geometries, undercuts, cavities or internal structures can be easily produced with additive processes. The construction freedoms thus obtained spur cross-industry innovation.
Professional industrial 3D printing
Companies benefit from accelerated product development. The immediate production of working prototypes directly from 3D data ensures shorter development cycles, ultimately reducing the overall time-to-market. Desired modifications in the design or in the finished product are made directly on the 3D model and implemented with little effort. That way, customer-specific requirements can be easily met.
Professional 3D printing for everyone
Individual (mass) production is of interest not only to the industry. Individuals can also create personalized items using 3D printing. At the PROTIQ Marketplace we manufacture, for example, ballpoint pens or cufflinks that are designed according to your personal wishes.
Production of customized inductors
In the production of workpieces made of metal, hardening processes increase the durability and load capacity of components. While curing in the oven or under an open flame, whole components are heated; during induction hardening, certain areas of a workpiece can be partially hardened. Where: The more precisely the inductor adapts to the form of the component, the better the process can be controlled.
PROTIQ manufactures custom-fit inductorsThe manual production of copper inducers by bending and soldering, however, allows only relatively simple shaping. At the same time, the workpieces to be hardened often have a more complex shape. In industrial 3D printing, PROTIQ manufactures custom-fit inductors for individual component forms—quickly and economically.
3D printing of injection molds after topology optimization
We use 3D printing once the topology has been optimized for structurally efficient lightweight design. The advantages are the reduction of cycle time and costs with weight reduced by up to 75%. Integrated conformal tempering can reduce cycle times and so reduce production costs.
3D printed injection mold inserts made of aluminum, copper, and steel
Benefit from the advantages of 3D printing for your series injection molding components. Conformal cooling significantly reduces cycle times during injection molding and increases the quality of the products. Steel inserts with a hardness of up to 52 HRC achieve a very long service life.
Individual (small) series production
Multi-material components with rubber-elastic and hard areas
To produce multi-material components we combine different materials. We professionally implement complex requirements that way. You can set the level of hardness for your prototype from rubber-elastic to hard. In this way, the multi-component parts can have different properties yet still be created in one printing step. Transparent components can also be produced.
Metallic components of any kindObjects with a high level of requirements can be produced by 3D printing with metal. Many application variations are conceivable, including spring elements, solid components, and high-conductivity copper contacts. If you are not sure whether 3D printing is suitable for your component, contact us. The PROTIQ Marketplace team will be happy to advise you personally.
Function prototypes, samples, and serial parts made of engineering plastics
Our experienced teams create mechanically durable components made of engineering plastics that can be painted and dyed in various colors. Typical objects in this area include housing parts and devices which may even have functional elements such as film hinges and latching hooks.
Generating lightweight structures by selective laser melting
Components for the industry must meet ever more diverse demands and, if possible, become ever smaller and lighter. This results in geometrically complex structures that have honeycombs, diamonds and similar support geometries and in which, for example, media channels are introduced for functional integration. Thanks to our many years of experience, we know the technical requirements of such components and create them directly from the CAM system.
High-precision plastic prototypes and master models for casting processes
The stereolithography process or PolyJet/MultiJet modeling results in sophisticated and detailed prototypes and master models for subsequent casting processes. All objects can be painted in the desired color. Transparent components for lenses, optical fibers etc., are also possible.
3D printed plastic injection mold inserts
We produce 3D printed mold inserts for your tools, which can be injection molded. That way, you can start producing your series products in no time. We are happy to advise you regarding the feasibility of your project.