You have an idea – we print it out of plastic
Additive manufacturing, known as 3D printing, is a specialized manufacturing process that creates new opportunities for component development.
New degrees of freedom arise in the development of additive manufactured components, which are a great benefit for a wide range of applications. Especially when it comes to complex geometries, lightweight construction or special materials, industrial 3D printing is a real opportunity.
Hänssler helps to exploit these opportunities by establishing itself as a leading service provider and development partner in the additive manufacturing of plastics.
Our 3D printing service goes beyond the additive contract manufacturing of plastic parts. We are a development partner from the idea to series production and support you with our many years of accumulated know-how in the construction and design of industrial 3D printing projects.
We attach a high value to the selection of the most suitable material and its processing parameters.
Discover unique technical 3D printing solutions with our experts
Print up to 1 cubic meter in FFF process
Get to know Hänssler’s great 3D printing process. We support you from the first prototypes to small and medium series. By choosing the right material and the ideal design, we manufacture your individual and complex components.
Sustainability and resource savings due to 3D printing
It is particularly worth emphasizing that the additive manufacturing process benefits the environment. Material is saved during production compared to subtractive manufacturing, as only the required amount of filament is used.
Quality and price
Quality, but also prices and delivery times play a decisive role. It is therefore important to make the right choice starting with the semi-finished product. For this reason, we work together with selected and specialized partners.
Both glass fiber composites and carbon fiber composites enormously expand the range of applications for additively manufactured components. Fiber-reinforced plastics are the optimal solution, especially when it comes to high load-bearing capacity, dimensional stability and maximum weight reduction.
Plastics are often not considered for high-temperature applications, although a large number of heat-resistant plastics are now available. Combining the other advantages of these heat-resistant plastics, such as low friction, low weight and chemical resistance, results in technically interesting solution possibilities.
In principle, additively manufactured components or 3D prints can be used without further processing steps. However, additively printed components can be optimized for certain applications. There are different processes available for this process, and specific advantages of conventional and additive manufacturing methods can then be combined.
Additive manufacturing opens up new degrees of freedom that can be used in the development process of series parts on the one hand and have a major influence on the design of the component itself on the other.
Fast, cost-effective and food-safe 3D printing is supposed to deliver urgently needed components – even in small quantities. But do the material and the 3D printing process even meet the high requirements of the food industry?
Today, hardly any common manufacturing process is imaginable without process monitoring. This guarantees reproducible conditions and thus consistently high quality. Industrial 3D printing at HÄNSSLER is now also constantly monitored.
Examples of applications of additive manufactured parts
Due to the new manufacturing possibilities offered by our new large-format 3D printers with a build volume of up to one cubic meter, we can produce the shape of the new carbon rear wing in one piece. Recycled PET was chosen as the material, which saves costs and weight.
Whether customer project or internal improvement of the machinery, Hänssler develops functional prototypes up to small series. This means that special machine parts or complete machines can be designed in-house. The manifold with several pneumatic connections shows what is possible even in the smallest installation space of approx. 4×4 cm.
To complement a machine, it was necessary to develop a component with anti-electrostatic properties. This had to consist of two different components to make it easier to install and remove.
Our production possibilities range from turned and milled parts, turned-milled parts on state-of-the-art machining centers, to 3D printing components in a wide variety of manufacturing processes. In order to be able to offer our customers the highest quality, we are constantly expanding our know-how in order to optimize manufacturing methods and processes.
Here we present our available materials that are used in additive manufacturing. For each material, you will receive information on its properties and possible applications.
We print your components up to a size of 1000 x 1000 x 1000 millimeters. If larger dimensions are required, we can realize them by assembling printed elements. We use screwed or glued connections for fixing.
This is highly dependent on the material used, the size of the component and the strength of the component later on, as well as the process used and the printer which is required. Depending on the process and component size, it is possible to produce several parts in one printing process. Our engineers specialized in this field will be happy to advise you.
We prefer to receive STEP files. From these, we generate the print files required later in STL format. This brings benefits for the manufacturing process and for you as a customer, because the later quality of a component depends mainly on the optimal file.
This depends on the material used, the geometry of the component, the 3D printing process selected and the printer used – and should be checked on a case-by-case basis. As a general rule, production is carried out in the range 0-10 millimeters according to general tolerances DIN ISO 2768-1 c, and from 10 millimeters according to general tolerances DIN ISO 2768-1 m. If more detailed measures or optimized surfaces are required, the components can also be reworked on a CNC machine in the post-process.
Hänssler offers 3D printing in industrial quality. In concrete terms, this means that our components are used in practice day after day, even under constant load. Our 3D printing engineers will be happy to work with you to find the right materials and manufacturing processes.
Definitely! In addition to unique pieces and prototypes, we produce not only small series for our customers, but also series of medium quantities. In a user story, we report on the successful series production of 300 components using 3D printing.
We process a variety of materials additively. We will be happy to work with you to find a technically suitable and compliant material for your demanding application.
For example, we print seals and sealing lips from the elastomer TPU in Shore hardness A 95, some of which are difficult or impossible to produce by conventional means. 3D printing also performs well in sealing technology, especially when it comes to small diameters.
In principle, yes. Especially for concrete casting or casting resins, individual molds can be designed with manageable effort. 3D-printed components are also used as negative molds for laminating molds. Please also read our user story. With all processes, it should be noted that the surface should be covered after 3D printing in order to be able to remove the molded component from the mold.