Thermoplastic filaments and additive manufacturing

Ensinger produces filaments made from high temperature plastics and offers application advice to all issues around additive manufacturing of high performance plastics. Where high temperature plastics are required in FFF processes, Ensinger filaments are very well suited. There are stock materials available as well as the option to develop customized filaments.

Engineers of all Ensinger branches and divisions are in continuous exchange to provide specialised materials best fitting to the customers applications. The goal is to supply customers with high quality materials which can be used for new technologies like additive manufacturing.


Why Ensinger


High quality Filaments

Filaments hIgh performance plastics
Ensinger is providing a broad spectrum of filaments made of different materials with different properties. We offer stock filaments and filaments from materials customized according to your needs.

Additive manufacturing - services and activities

Additive Manufacturing

On the basis of a vast and longstanding experience in working with high temperature thermoplastics Ensinger offers consultation for the whole workflow of additive manufacturing. In this new and ever-changing enviroment of 3D printing, we work in close co-operation with universities, research organisations and printer manufacturers. Our specialists will help you to find the right material for your desired application, provide you with high quality filaments and consult you throughout the process of the printing, machining and all finishing processes.


Advantages of additive manufacturing

Additive manufacturing with Ensinger filaments enables forms of products which are not possible with any other processing technology. This opens application fields for high performance plastics that were unthinkable before.

  • Free forms, honeycomb and lattice structures
  • Integration of functions: parts that previously had to be produced in several pieces can now be produced in one go and in one piece
  • Freedom in design

3D print is an additive process, in which objects are being constructed in layers starting from the base. Different processing technologies are available. The suitable technology depends on the mechanical properties, the different advantages of the materials and the aesthetic requirements.

Together with the partners Ensinger is engaged in different processing technologies. Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is looking very promising for the future of processing high performance thermoplastics. The focus is on Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF).


Workflow: Finding the optimal solution for your application - together

Working in collaboration with a variety of partners, Ensinger covers the entire value-added supply chain. Beginning with the compounds which can be modified according to specific customer requirements, moving right through to the production of the actual filaments. Finally, the filaments are used for producing parts via additive manufacturing, which can be machined to achieve tighter precision. Like all machined parts they may be processed further; getting deburred or becoming subject to all kinds of surface treatment. 

additive manufacturing workflow at Ensinger

Core industries for Additive Manufacturing


Fields of applications

  • Additive manufacturing is especially suitable for individualised parts.
  • For lightweight construction lattice and honeycomb structures can easily be erected.
  • The topology can be improved by adapting the geometry to the flow of forces in the part and the load of it.
  • In rapid prototype production view and function samples significantly reduce the development time leading up to series production.
  • Parts for the aftermarket do not have to be produced on stock and stored, but can instead be produced in short terms according to requirements.
  • Parts can be individualised according to customer or application requirements.
  • Fashion and lifestyle products, as well as automotive parts can be produced exclusively.
  • Freeforming permits extravagant designs.

Application examples

Lightweight strut PEEK 3D print

Lightweight strut made of TECAFIL PEEK natural, 3D printed and machined

The honeycomb structure can be covered with 3D printing from both sides. This is not possible with other methods (compared to CNC milling and injection molding).

  • Significant weight reduction
  • Constant stability
Gear wheel PVDF 3D print machined

Gear wheel made from TECAFIL PVDF natural, 3D printed and machined

  • Material savings (compared to CNC milling)
  • Time savings: complex preparations are not requiered
  • Good sliding and wear properties 
Guiding PPSU 3D print machined

Guiding made from TECAFIL PPSU natural, 3D printed and machined

  • Combination of additive and subtractive production processes
  • Lightweight construction: Weight reduction by hollow-chamber structures (aerospace)
  • High precision through manufacturing of functional surfaces, fits and threads by machining
  • High stiffness and strength

Contact

Baumann, Thomas

Thomas Baumann 

Ensinger GmbH
Rudolf-Diesel-Straße 8
71154 Nufringen
Germany

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Schweiger, Dominik

Dominik Schweiger

Ensinger GmbH
Wilfried-Ensinger-Str. 1
93413 Cham
Germany

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