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OTTO: Fueled by Advanced 3D Printing Technology and Materials
Excellence in manufacturing relies on great customer service, production of quality parts, and flawless execution in order fulfillment. As traditional manufacturers add new technology to their product lineups by outsourcing advanced 3D printing to OTTO, the playing field widens for their customers--as far as the imagination can go.
Typical OTTO 3D Printing Applications in Manufacturing
Advanced software, materials, and technology are what set OTTO apart. Developed for over a decade by manufacturers for manufacturers, OTTO transforms 3D printing into a straightforward process. For example, a typical CNC machining shop can now offer 3D printing technology with minimal effort and no startup cost. At the same time, they are able to benefit from new customers and a new stream of revenue.
Typical 3D printing applications for OTTO solutions include:
Powerful Features and Functions for 3D Printing
Operating as a complete manufacturing enterprise solution with the power to perform all the heavy lifting, OTTO also allows other businesses the luxury of expanding--without taking the focus off their own areas of expertise. There is no pressure to train and/or hire new staff with 3D printing expertise, and no worry over challenging additive manufacturing processes.
OTTO addresses all those concerns, and provides features and functions centered around user driven product configuration:
OTTO’s 3D Printing Technology and Materials
OTTO can handle any volume of orders and completely manage production. With over 21 million 3D printed products delivered to over one million customers, this solution presents a proven business model, designed for scalability. Businesses using OTTO manufacturing software retain their customers throughout the product life cycle, from the concept phase to full-scale production.
OTTO offers materials to meet 90% of the applications used in manufacturing. This includes the following, listed by 3D printed methods, materials, and 3D printing finishes.
Binder Jetting for OTTO
Binder Jetting technology is based on an inkjet head that applies a binding agent to the print bed. Acting as an adhesive, the binding agent glues metal powder particles together, layer by layer. Afterward, parts are de-powdered and cured via sintering in a furnace.
Materials 3D printed using Binder Jetting technology for OTTO include:
Processed Stainless Steel 17-4PH - Used for many industrial applications such as brackets, clasps, and replacement parts, this material is known for corrosion resistance and high levels of strength and hardness. This material is a single alloy, 100% Stainless Steel material.
Silver in color, Stainless Steel 17-4 PH has a granular finish that can be polished.
Selective Laser Sintering
The Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) process begins as thin layers of polymer powder are dispersed over the build platform. A computer-controlled CO2 laser traces the cross-section of the 3D design on the powder. It then scans each layer, fusing them all together at a high temperature just under the melting point, until the 3D printed structure is complete.
Materials 3D printed using SLS technology for OTTO include:
Arnite T AM1210 (P) - one of the first PBT powders made for powder bed use and SLS 3D printing technology, this material is popular because it is so easy to process, and is resistant to both high and low temperatures. Arnite T AM1210 (P) offers excellent mechanical properties, leading to 3D printed parts that are structurally sound, and typically used in electrical engineering and automotive applications.
OTTO offers this material in a standard matte finish.
Nylon 11 [PA11(SLS)] is a robust white polyamide offering great tensile strength, durability, impact resistance, and flexibility. Due to its biocompatibility, Nylon 11 [PA11(SLS)] is uniquely suited for manufacturing items like exterior medical devices, automotive parts, mechanical devices, and hinges.
Nylon 12 [Versatile Plastic] - This material is a strong polyamide relied on worldwide for industrial products. Nylon 12 [Versatile Plastic] truly lives up to its name, setting it apart from other materials due to its ability to act flexible for thinner structures and moving mechanical parts, but also rugged and stiff for substantial, end-use parts in applications like fixtures and medical devices like prosthetics and diagnostic machine parts.
OTTO offers this material in the following 3D printing finishes:
Ultracur3D RG 35 is a medium viscosity, highly reactive photopolymer resulting in rigid multipurpose parts. It’s typically used for functional prototypes, jigs and fixtures, and very detailed parts. Unlike many traditional photopolymers for 3D printing, Ultracur3D® RG 35 is environmentally stable and maintains its mechanical properties even when exposed to UV light or humidity. Printed parts exhibit high green strength and accuracy with no moisture absorption. Industrial applications include large parts, fluid flow models, connectors, and electrical casings.
OTTO offers this material in a lightly sanded, transparent finish.
Multi Jet Fusion
Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) stands apart due to its capacity for powerful production. MJF is not reliant on laser heat, and adhesion is not based on glue. Instead, one layer of powder is deposited onto the next, 80 microns at a time, as an inkjet array goes back and forth, separately releasing fusing and detailing agents onto the powder.
Materials 3D printed using MJF technology for OTTO include:
MJF PA12 - This material is commonly used for its superior strength and elasticity, making it suitable for highly functional parts. MJF PA12 parts are also chemical- and water-resistant. Because of its outstanding flexibility, MJF PA12 is suited for applications like mechanical and structural components, prosthetics, and much more.
OTTO offers this material in two different finishes: Gray PA12 and Black PA12.
Polypropylene - Also known as PP, this is a versatile material used in a wide range of applications, from automotive to medical. PP offers excellent chemical resistance, and low moisture absorption and long-term durability. Prototypes and final parts can be produced with the same properties as injection molding.
OTTO offers this material in natural, featuring a slightly rough surface with a matte finish.
OTTO enables manufacturers to offer 3D printing to their customers without any capital expenditure. Our manufacturing enterprise software is easily integrated, simplifying production of 3D printed parts in any volume with a wide variety of suitable materials and technologies--meeting the most advanced standards for any manufacturing enterprise.
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