EPLUS 3D innovative Additive Manufacturing Technologies is not only able to power your industrial and dental 3D-printing projects, but also has the capabilities to create objects of everyday life. This case study was created to show you how 3D-Printing, Intelligent Design and 3D-Digitizing Technologies powered by SHINING 3D are compiled into one unique workflow and create something practical you can use and cherish on a daily basis wherever you go.

Metal 3D Printed Keyring Bottle Opener

The EPLUS 3D key ring bottle opener is designed with the latest Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) technology and Solid Edge Shining 3D version. Therefore, it is possible to print parts with only a few supporting structures, thereby reducing the time and cost of post-processing. The small support structure under the corkscrew ensures that the printed parts can be taken out smoothly from the platform. In our case, titanium alloy (Ti6Al4V 23 grade) is used, which is usually used in aerospace and defense, automotive and racing, or medical and dental industries.

Minimal support structure in Voxeldance Additive Software

To prepare the data to be printed, EPLUS 3D used VoxelDance Additive to repair and orient the parts, create their supports and nest 79 parts on the build platform. After slicing, use the self-developed incubation software EP-Hatch to create two laser paths during the production process.

Metal 3D Printed Keyring Bottle Opener

Processing it on our Metal Powder Bed Fusion (MPBF)-System EP-M150, this Material can reach:

  • Tensile Strength up to 1250 MPa,

  • Yield Strength up to 1080 MPa

  • Hardness of 36 HRC

  • Elongnation of 12 %

  • Density of 4,3 g/cm³.

After printing, the parts are removed from the substrate plate by hand and blasted with Aluminumoxide in order to create a homogeneous matte finish on the parts.

When using the process loop of intelligent design, additive manufacturing, the development iterations of a product can be dramatically reduced. The data derived from this case study will help us to develop further amazing 3D-Products for you! We are proud to stand out in the market as a full-solution provider and we look forward to your projects skyrocketing thanks to Eplus Additive solutions!