April 18, 2023
Raise3D's Pro series 3D Printers are second to none when it comes to engineering-grade work. Design Iteration and Trial fitting are a breeze when you have the right materials and tolerances! Just take a look at this Wheel Drum that was designed and printed by Andrew Marangoni (@andruzzu on instagram). We were lucky enough to be able to pick Andrew's brain about his project, and what it took to get to the final result!
Credit: @andruzzu on instagramAndrew is the Technical Director and Lead Engineer at Pfaff Motorsports, and sees a large selection of racecars coming through the shop regularly. For this project, Andrew and his team were assisting a customer with a Mercedes AMG GT4. In order for them to conduct a Suspension Alignment for the vehicle, a set of tools called "hubstands" were required. Unfortunately, the team did not have the necessary adapters to fit the hubstand tool to this vehicle in particular. Luckily, Andrew had purchased his Raise3D Pro2 specifically for instances just like this. Thanks to the Pro2's print resume function (which allows the printer to continue running in the event of a power or filament outage), Andrew was able to manufacture his own adapters in his off time without having to worry about print failures. Andrew was quickly able to validate the designs and produced test pieces prior to manufacturing the final (aluminum) components. For his initial testing, Andrew used Solidworks for modellings the parts he needed, and then Ideamaker to slice for printing. Since these parts were specifically printed as trial/test fitting parts, Andrew chose to use eSun PLA+ Cold White, as the colour/finish is great for transferring witness marks, and it would also be cost-effective for testing. This step is crucial to ensure that the final production parts are sized accurately to fit, without wasting too much expensive material in the process. Thanks to his Pro2 3D Printer, Andrew was able to create an accurately sized fitting part by making use of it's large build volume in as little as 1-2 attempts.
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