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Expediting Prototyping with 3D Printing

Using a Prototyping and Fabrication Tool to Reduce Schedule and Technical Risk

Expedites Prototyping

 
Prototyping can be a critical phase in design projects. The decision whether or not to prototype can be challenging when it is unclear if the benefits of reducing technical risk on the project will outweigh the costs.
 
Prototyping may also not be feasible when viewed solely from a schedule perspective. Using Kinectrics’ 3D printer enables us to prototype efficiently in situations when otherwise we would not due to schedule constraints.
  

Produces Production Parts and Facilitates Fabrication

 
The 3D printer is used to make production parts that are not subjected to high stress, which would be complex and expensive to machine. Parts are also 3D printed to use as guides, jigs or alignment fixtures during assembly or production of other parts.
 
The materials have been tested by Kinectrics to confirm chemical composition and halogen content. Key specifications of the Kinectrics 3D printer, the Objet30 Pro, are:
  • Materials: rigid plastic in a variety of colours including transparent. Polypropylene-like material. High temperature material.
  • Build size (XYZ): 11.57 x 7.55 x 5.85” (294 x 192 x 148.6 mm).
  • Layer thickness: 0.0011” (28 μm) or 0.0006” (16 μm).
  • Accuracy: 0.0039” (0.1 mm).

Reduces Schedule and Technical Risk 

A flange adapter made by the Inspection and Maintenance department is an example of how Kinectrics uses the 3D printer to reduce schedule and technical risk.  flange adapter made by the Inspection and Maintenance department is an example of how Kinectrics uses the 3D printer to reduce schedule and technical risk. During the initial design phase the design team desired to test the performance of a circular air amplifier. To perform testing, a circular flange had to be installed on a square tube. Instead ofnstead of accepting technical risk and waiting months for factory acceptance testing or weeks to make prototype drawings and machine the part out of metal, a CAD file was created, the part was 3D printed overnight and tested the next day.

About This Solution

Industry Sector

  • Generation

Generation Type

  • Nuclear

Nature of Service

  • Design
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  • Development
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  • Engineering
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  • Manufacturing and Build

Client Assets

  • Feeders (Nuclear)
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  • Fuel Channels
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  • Calandria
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  • Pressure Tubes
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  • Steam Generators

Kinetrics Facilities

  • Machining and Prototyping Facility
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  • Mechanical Equipment Testing Facilities

Tags

  • 3D printing
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  • Prototyping
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  • Nuclear Inspection
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  • Nuclear Parts
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  • Nuclear inspeciton tools