Large-scale 3D printing facility
Scandinavia's largest large-scale metal 3D printing facility for printing industrial components and structures.
Industry access to unique large-scale 3D printing facilities
FORCE Technology ensures industrial compnies access to large-scale 3D printing of metal components and structures that can be used for e.g. the offshore sector, the supply industry, the transport industry, the manufacturing industry, etc. - there are no limitations
The facility has the largest metal 3D robot printer of its kind in Scandinavia, and is unique in several areas::
- Precision print of large components and structures, for example, offshore constructions
- Equipment can be adapted to the individual component in size, length, and shape. In other words, anything from a storage tank to large wind turbine components
- It can be used for prototyping, pilot series or remanufacturing of existing components
- The machine can be fed material through powder or thread, and can laser and hybrid weld
How does the large-scale 3D printing facility work?
The facility is built on a three meter long lathe that can handle items weighing up to four tons with a maximum diameter of 1,000 millimeters.
The lathe works with a rail-mounted six-axis industrial robot that guides the laser welding head. This means that you can print, weld, hybrid print, surface coat or repair in one facility.
Furthermore, the robot installation is built so that items that do not fit the conventional set-up can be placed in a 6 meter long working zone next to it, so the robot can turn around and work.
For additive manufacturing (AM) production tasks, a specially designed round table can handle items up to 1.5 tonnes and a diameter equal to one cubic meter, even at 90 degrees inclination and an offset center of mass.
Which materials can be used in 3D printing?
Generally, you can print with all weldable materials. Eg. AISI 316L, aluminum, Inconel 625.
Can materials be combined?
Yes, in a printing process the materials can be mixed directly during construction or material can be changed along the way.
Is it not difficult or inconvenient to change material?
No, switching materials is both easy and fast.
The material is fed from a container, so if need be, another container can replace it, depending on the needs.
Is the quality of your 3D print good?
We can guarantee the quality of our 3D printing. For example, we have documented satisfactory quality when printing components for the aviation industry, where the requirements for durability and resilience are very high.
Is the product finished immediately after the printing process?
Whether the product is finished immediately after the printing process depends largely on the specific application. Typically, HIP (Hot Isostatic Pressing), heat treatment or finishing will be relevant to the assessment.
Are large scale printing associated with very high costs?
No, but large-scale 3D printing should not be compared to manufacturing processes 1 to 1.
3D printing can be significantly cheaper, as it releases storage value, transport is reduced and it can be faster than conventional methods.
All in all, this points towards a shorter lead time at a lower cost.
Examples of 3D prints from the facility
On the application side, it is possible to print anything from ship engines to machine guns, or even bigger objects.
Smaller components would typically be better suited for powder bed machines. In most cases, it is realistic to print anything larger than a coffee cup.