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Voluminous component: Cardan suspension

Aviation and aerospace TruPrint Titanium Additive manufacturing

The range of parts that can be manufactured with PBF is expanded by the 500 °C preheating option of the TruPrint 5000. The residual stress of the parts is significantly reduced, especially in the case of volume changes and support connections.

The 500 °C preheating makes it possible to print the Cardan bearing, also called a gimbal. This significantly reduces the residual stress in the titanium component, thereby opening up entirely new possibilities in design, especially in the construction of more solid components.

3D printed cardan suspension with 500 °C preheating

The gimbal printed with 200 °C preheating has significant internal stresses. Compared to a temperature of 500 °C, the preparation and post-processing effort is significantly higher due to the increased need for simulations and support structures.

At 500 °C, the residual stress in the titanium component is significantly reduced

Cost reduction
Reduction of residual tension
Less preparation

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Facts & figures about the example part

Material: Ti6Al4V

Weight: 4.4 kg

Construction duration:  24.1 h

Number of layers: 2,053 at 60 µm

Created by: TRUMPF

Our additive manufacturing expert explains how you can improve results for aerospace applications by using the 500°C preheating option.

The increased substrate plate temperature enables the production of components that previously could not be built or could only be built with massive support structures. This would result in higher production costs, which we save with the increased preheating temperature.

Matthias Müller
TRUMPF Laser and System Technology

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TruPrint 5000
TruPrint 5000

The highly productive, semi-automated 3D printing system TruPrint 5000 prepares you for industrial batch production –  with features such as optional 500 °C preheating and the full-field multilaser equipment with three 500 watt TRUMPF lasers.  Thanks to the preform option, the TruPrint 5000 supports hybrid component production. For this purpose, the component structures to be additively manufactured are applied to a blank.

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