Optimization in numbers
Task and challenge
Redesign and optimization of a hydraulic manifold to provide a viable alternative in the area of oil control for an innovative hydraulic application; In fact, compared to current solutions, this one challenges the limitations of traditional manufacturing processes and the limitations of today's applications, enhancing the potential and possibilities offered by metal additive manufacturing, particularly "Selective Laser Melting." In this project, an AM-driven design approach is proposed that has achieved a weight reduction of more than 70% of the entire assembly and functional optimization of the assembly.
Additive manufacturing through Laser-Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) + CNC machining
Using 3D structured light scanning as Metrology inspection, comprehensive dimensional and geometric tolerance analyses of all elements were performed for part validation. The tests were successfully passed and validated internally.
Overall, the part was verified with a safety coefficient of more than 3 for static pressures exceeding 200 bar and burst pressures of 350 bar.
It is currently found to be in operation
NIRI collects over 50 years of AM experience through the diverse backgrounds of our specialists and engineers to advise, design and industrialize additive manufacturing solutions. Our consulting and engineering teams offer services to Executive Boards for strategy, to R&D, Engineering and Technical Departments for specialist engineering and to Manufacturing Departments for AM implementation.