By: Joanna Carbajal
One of the benefits with additive manufacturing is that complex patterns or textures can be added to parts for advanced performance. At Ivaldi, we are continuously enhancing our capabilities for creating textures for maritime spare parts.
Some of the challenges with adding texture is that it increases file size, print time and material usage. Software workflow can also be complicated because there are multiple softwares that currently have to be used.
However, there are various benefits with adding texture to maritime spare parts:
- Improve perceived value of a part.
- Increase grip and functionality.
- Obscure common visual imperfections.
- Create unique or personalized objects. Please see our previous blog, “Additive Manufacturing Allows for Unique Textured Designs.”
In one study, we found that customers view a part as “higher quality” if it has a texture. There are other methods we may use to “enhance” the quality of an FDM part such as:
- Decrease layer height
- Sand and smooth surfaces
- Use translucent material
So far, we have found several textures appropriate for the maritime industry. See below for images of some of these textures.
While texture increases the functionality and perception of the quality of a part, we are also aware that for complicated, large parts, adding texture will not be appropriate due to time and cost. For such reasons, we will use texture when appropriate. As with all of our work, we will weigh cost, aesthetics and time. If the part is approved for texture, the customer will be able to choose which texture they desire for their part.