Ding Tool, a South Dakota-based paintless dent restore (PDR) device producer, has launched a brand new vary of 3D printed automotive dent restore instruments, in collaboration with SLA/DLP 3D printing specialist B9Creations.
PDR is a technique of eradicating minor dents from the physique of a motorized vehicle. Ding Software’s new PDR instruments are patent pending, and had been unveiled at SEMA, an automotive specialty merchandise commerce occasion going down in Las Vegas from 5 to eight November.
Manufactured utilizing B9Creations’ 3D printing and supplies, the brand new instruments leverage a proprietary course of that gives a big benefit over conventional PDR methods with elevated dent restore velocity. “Even when this device is given to a brand new technician, they’ll acquire a 20 p.c to 30 p.c enhance in velocity,” explains Duane Langenfeld, Ding Software Founder.
“I fastened 10 dents in a roof in 30 seconds with these 3D printed instruments, transferring seamlessly from prototype to last manufacturing items.”
Updating paintless dent restore methods utilizing 3D printing
Widespread PDR methods make the most of a metallic rod, or physique choose, to push out dents from the underside of a automobile physique panel. Since its invention in 1960, the PDR device business has relied on this limiting approach that solely gives a single level of contact with the automobile.
Duane Langenfeld, primarily based in Speedy Metropolis, South Dakota, has been repairing autos using PDR since 1994. With in depth expertise within the business, Langenfeld acknowledged the shortage of effectivity in PDR instruments. Searching for an answer for his PDR store that would doubtlessly present a better throughput, Langenfeld developed his personal course of that offered extra factors of contact with the automobile, and based Ding Software in 2018 to take his thought from idea to device manufacturing.
To assist speedy prototype Langenfeld’s device concepts, Ding Software partnered with native South Dakota-based B9Creations, producer of the B9 Core Series of DLP 3D Printers. Since initially collaborating with the agency, Lagenfeld has been in a position to convert his design to prototype and end-use manufacturing in a brief period of time. The top-use PDR instruments are produced from B9Creations’ Rugged – Nylon 6 materials, launched by the corporate in February 2019. A part of B9Creations’ engineering resin line, the fabric is alleged to be equal to injection-molded nylon, and is designed for useful testing and low- to mid-volume manufacturing runs.
The top result’s a sturdy 3D printed PDR device that, utilizing Ding Software’s proprietary expertise, is ready to present as much as 19 contacts with a dent, growing the restore velocity. It additionally permits customers to fine-tune the quantity of spring-loaded drive delivered when repairing dents. “Utilizing B9Creations Rugged – Nylon 6 engineering materials, these useful end-use instruments maintain as much as repeated hammering, taking out dents with out leaving scars on the paint or the metallic,” added Langenfeld.
Materials developments from B9Creations
Alongside the launch of the Rugged-Nylon 6, B9Creations has additionally launched a brand new high-detail design resin this yr, named the HD Slate. Geared in the direction of molding and mannequin making, the resin is optimized for floor end and creating detailed components, with 20 μm slice thickness.
Just lately, B9Creations additionally partnered with SDC Technologies, California-based coating specialists, to open a $500,000 additive manufacturing materials development lab, situated at B9Creations’ Speedy Metropolis headquarters.
The corporate additionally plans to launch a set of biocompatible supplies to be used with its newly launched B9 Core Med 500 3D printer, concentrating on the medical business. Up to now, two biocompatible supplies have been launched from the vary. The brand new medical 3D printer and supplies had been launched together with the corporate’s new additive manufacturing Healthcare Division & Service Bureau.
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Featured picture reveals 3D printed “Snap!” PDR device. Picture by way of Ding Software.