3D Printing is the Best Application For Transparent Components

If you consider both quality and cost, there is no better application for developing clear product components than 3D printing. It is true, 3D printing is the best application for transparent components.

“Achieving transparent 3D printed parts can be challenging if you don’t have the right materials and technology. Resin-based 3D printing methods can provide cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing results.

Clear 3D printing materials are also offering faster solutions to hearing aids manufacturers. EnvisionTEC’s DLP technology and clear materials allow for time-saving on post-processing and finishing, as they were designed to have a polished and ready look right out of the gate. Phonak and GN Sound are leveraging these technologies, with EnvisionTEC reporting production speeds of 65 ear shells per hour.

Transparent 3D printing isn’t just about a cheaper & faster workflow, but also about improving the actual product in development. One such example is that of Orora, supplier of glass bottles for James Boag’s Premium Lager in Australia. The company wanted to redesign their bottle to give it a newer, more appealing look. By using 3D Systems’ SLA technology they where able to achieve the same clarity and hue as their iconic glass look. This was a necessity because the 3D printed appearance models would eventually be filled with liquid, outfitted with a label and cap, and put in a shop for monitoring. Feedback from these in-store trials indicated that the new design was a hit, clearing the new design for production.

In particular, 3D printed transparent components can be very good at simulating the look of glass and acrylic. This can be useful in creating parts with different geometries than glass manufacturing methods can allow. Another advantage is in creating an object that looks like glass but has different characteristics, such as being less brittle. This allows manufacturers to not have to compromise the quality of a product for better aesthetic features.”

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