Function integration through additive production
In addition to well-known advantages in lightweight construction, additive manufacturing has great potential for function / component integration. In addition to reducing the number of individual parts and fewer assembly steps, the advantages here are also lower logistics costs for parts management.
The example shows a locking mechanism for a device slot with two locking positions of a knee lever. The original locking device consists of 11 components for the assembly with 10 assembly steps. Within the scope of a feasibility study, this could be reduced to 3 components with 2 assembly steps by consistent use of additive manufacturing (metal 1.4404).
Production of parts and assemblies