Integrating 3D Printing With Electrical Motors. is bringing new life and technology to a lost art. Electric motors are everywhere! The typical assumption in today’s age is when it goes bad, replace it. Manufacturers mass produce motors driving the cost down. Take for instance an air compressor utilizing a 3-10hp electric motor. Motors that are mass produced yielding a product cheaper to replace. Motors and coils that are irreplaceable occur. Antique and obsolete items fall into this category. In steps coil winding.
Traditional Coil Forms For Motor and Coil Windings
Making a coil form traditionally involves cutting wood and micarta to make a two part mold. The two part mold is essential due to easy removal from the form by simply sliding the two pieces from the center of the coil. Making a wooden form from experience is time consuming and yielded errors. Errors in dimensional accuracy such as not accounting for blade thickness when cutting the mold in half. There is also the issue of having the bulky material on hand and storing the material.
3D Printed Forms For Motor and Coil Windings
With 3D printing I am able to design a mold for any coil. Splitting the mold the accuracy is now within a few thousands without fail every single time. The process of FDM printing can be long. Especially with larger molds. Time becomes mitigated, an employee will be free to perform other duties, throughout the printing process. Because we are more productive in the end we are able to accomplish multiple tasks at the same time.
PRINTING IS NOT ONLY LIMITED TO MOTOR WINDINGS AND COIL FORMS
Coils and winding’s are not the only process to reap the benefits of 3D printing. Repairs are possible in other areas as well. Parts such as internal cooling fans, brackets, harnesses, and wire boxes can easily be 3D printed. Utilizing 3D printing technologies the sky is the limit, because of the advancements in materials available. Some filaments require a better nozzle such as the Olsson Rudy because of their abrasiveness nature. Integrating 3D Printing With Electrical Motors is bringing new life and technology to a lost art. Researcher have even printed an entire motor!