NorDan invests in a large 3D printer to construct windows and doors

Image: BLB Industries

Scandinavian-company NorDan will begin offering its clients products manufactured with 3D printing. The company signed a commercial agreement with BLB Industries to get access to its large-scale, granular 3D printers.

NorDan incorporating 3D printing into its operations.

It is not usual to hear manufacturers say they use 3D printing to build windows and doors. Indeed, the main method of constructing of NorDan is woodwork. However, 3D printing will bring some innovation in this manufacturing process.

BLB Industries’ 3D printers print with Fused Granular Fabrication (FGF), which involves the use of granular plastics rather than filament.

The 3D printer that NorDan will use should be ready in Spring of this year and would be capable of 3D printing products with a size of up to 2.5 m x 1.5 m x 1.5 m. If larger parts should be produced, they would require post-printing assembly.

Image: BLB Industries

The 3D printer integrates two extruders with different nozzle sizes (0.6 to 2 mm and  2 to 8 mm), which are built to process plastic granules in a wide range of polymer and biocomposite materials. Furthermore, biocomposite materials are made from agricultural byproducts such as wood, cork, straw, and hemp. According to NorDan, it can benefit from sustainable manufacturing materials.

Other features of the 3D printer are a deposition rate of 14 kg of plastic per hour and a print surface intended for optimal adhesion with any polymer or bio composite material that is being printed.

Like any company aware of its market, NorDan is embracing additive manufacturing in order to maintain its positioning in the construction industry.

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