Metal 3D Printing in Sheet Metal Manufacturing

The popularity of sheet metal is increasing due to the rising demand for product diversity and small series.

FREMONT, CA: Metal additive manufacturing describes the process of using metal powders to create 3D parts layer by layer. The method allows creating complex industrial component structures that would otherwise be difficult to produce using conventional methods. SHINING 3D offers innovative 3D metal printing tools for companies and small businesses to improve production, product quality, and work efficiency.

Applications for Different Industries

In a wide variety of sectors, including aerospace, automotive, instrumentation, healthcare, dental, consumer goods, education, and more, metal-addictive manufacturing's ongoing growth has widened its applications. Applications for the manufacture of metal additives include the production of components, rapid prototyping, jigs and fixtures, customization of products, injection molding, medical equipment, and many more.

The processing of sheet metal is vastly utilized in electrical and electronics, automotive, telecommunications, medical and other industries. The skeleton supporting and forming items such as an autobody, machine, or telephone is sheet metal. The design and manufacture of sheet metal components is a critical phase in creating new products with a broad but low-volume production trend.

The traditional production method of sheet metal adopts punching dies for manufacturing. The forming process is carried out by punching die, cutting die, forming die, splitting die, pressing die, bending punch, and many more. Consider automotive sheet metal parts as an example. The method of tooling to manufacture a new die is costly and time-consuming, not sufficient for the massive production of sheet metal parts.

Many sheet metal factories have implemented laser cutting combined with CNC bending technology regarding small-batch sheet metal component production. The technique does not require a tooling process compared to the traditional punching die forming process, which is economical and simple for mass production of simple sheet metal structure.

Industry Expectation

One of the world's fastest-growing sectors is Sheet Metal Manufacturing. The trend-driven by product variety and increased demand for small series. Additive manufacturing innovations help the sheet metal processing companies by generating more value for their customers, like reducing assembly measures, great freedom of design, and minimizing time and cost.