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3DEXPERIENCE Make is an On-Demand metal Manufacturing platform, which connects designers or engineers with industrial 3D Printing service providers. Our service providers are mostly based in North America (the United States and Canada) and in Europe (United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Germany, etc...). We offer metal manufacturing options across multiple processes such as 3D printing, CNC machining, Laser cutting, and Injection molding.
Metal manufacturing is well suited for products where heat resistance and higher strength are key. Metal is also a material able to be fabricated through a high number of processes which gives a higher versatility.
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Check & repair or Geometry check is a feature that helps you to detect geometry issue on your part and repair it online and live.
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Metal manufacturing has been used by humans over the millennia. Some objects have even been traced as far back as thousands of years BC, depending on the metal.
Metals are generally hard, opaque, and shiny materials that exhibit good electrical and thermal conductivity. Although approximately 91 of the 118 elements of the periodic table are metals, they can be either elements, compounds, or alloys. They are generally malleable so that they can be shaped by hammering or pressing without breaking or cracking. Metals are also fusible, meaning they can be fused or melted and exhibit a ductility that makes it possible to stretch them out into a thin wire. Consequently, metals are an important part of our lives and can be found at every facet where they are used in high-rise buildings, bridge construction, automobiles, home appliances, jewelry, tools, pipes, railways, and many other places.
Metal manufacturing is the driving force for the technical advancement of metalworking. It aims to apply the science behind the metal to the most appropriate application, for instance, in consumer and manufactured products, transportation, railway, aeronautics, marine, and many other fields. As 3D Printing technology has advanced, so have the choices of applicable metals. Many different processes are used to shape metal including, casting, forging, rolling, laser cladding, extrusion, sintering, machining, fabrication, and 3D printing. Metals for standard manufacturing processes.
Metals are opaque materials that appear shiny when polished. They are good conductors of heat and electricity and have a relatively high melting point.
Most are generally hard, but soft enough to be shaped by hammering or pressure without breaking or cracking.
They are versatile enough to be fused or mixed and can be shaped into large solid blocks and sheets or stretched into long thin strands (a property known as ductility).
About 95 of the 118 elements in the periodic table are metals, 80 of which are commonly used in manufacturing.
Metals are found in ores, usually in rocks, throughout the earth's crust. They may be found in pure form, such as aluminium, copper and gold, or mixed with other elements that will need to be separated.
The method of extraction and separation will depend on the metal and the impurities present. Most involve a combination of methods:
Mining - Once the metal or ore is located, it is extracted from the ground using explosives or excavators.
Crushing and grinding - Powerful mechanical crushers and grinders pulverise the rock into a fine powder to facilitate the extraction of metals.
Extraction - Various techniques are used to separate the metal or ore from other minerals and impurities. These include mixing with water, dissolving the ore with solvents and using magnets.
Refining - The remaining impurities are separated using more complex methods. These include smelting, which uses heat and a chemical agent, and electrolysis, which uses an acid and electricity. The result is a purer form of the metal, but it may still contain impurities.
Casting - Metals can be transformed and/or combined with other elements to form alloys. This is usually done when the elements are in liquid form. Once the final metal is obtained, this molten mixture will be cast into moulds or mechanically extruded into various forms.
The most common are sheets, billets, rods, tubes, plates, bars and wire. These are then cut into different shapes and sizes depending on the intended end use and shipped to manufacturers to be processed into countless products.
The properties of pure metals can be enhanced by mixing them with other metals or elements to make alloys.
The techniques used in metal fabrication vary, but almost all start with the material in the form of sheet, billet, rod, tube, plate, bar or wire.
3D printing, sometimes referred to as 'additive manufacturing', covers a number of different processes and techniques. All involve a material, usually plastic or metal, being deposited in several thin layers to create a shape.
Plastic 3D printing dates back to the 1980s. Metal 3D printing emerged in the 1990s, after the invention of laser fusion and sintering (heating without fusion) techniques.
As the technology evolved, so did the choice of metal material:
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