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Additive Manufactured Bearings Offer Benefits

Additive Manufacturing Bearings

February 18, 2021

CONTACT: Nick Kolar
Business Development Manager

Schatz Additive Manufactured Bearings

Schatz Additive Manufactured Bearings Offer Many Benefits

As a bearing manufacturer and custom bearing designer for over 40 years, we’ve had the privilege to supply precision bearings to some of the most performance-focused companies in the world from our AS9100 Rev D / ISO9001:2015 certified facility in Poughkeepsie, NY. We have always relied on innovation to stay ahead of the curve and provide our customers with the highest quality bearings for their specific uses. Recently, that has extended into additive manufactured bearings as clients have required bearings with more complex geometries and next-level parts and assemblies. We are proud to have been featured in the February 2021 issue of FORGE Magazine for our additive manufacturing for bearings.

Unlike traditional manufacturing, where you take away material through milling, machining, carving, shaping, or other means, additive manufacturing creates objects by adding material. In additive manufacturing, computer-aided-design (CAD) software or 3D object scanners are used to deposit material, layer by layer, in precise geometric shapes to create objects.

Advantages of Additive Manufactured Bearings

By layering alloys in our bearing production through additive manufacturing, we have been able to manage thermal gradients and resist corrosion and fatigue, which contribute to superior performance over the life of the bearing. The stainless steel, case hardened, and high fatigue resistance materials used during additive manufacturing are especially suitable for difficult applications where corrosion, high impact/shock loading, fatigue, and low or marginal lubricants are a factor.

Additionally, additive manufactured bearings multiply the value of a bearing system when there is a need to incorporate mounting features or mating components. Flanges with mounting holes; notches, tabs, and grooves in bearing holes to facilitate mounting; or integrated locking or preloading features are just some of the options that additive manufacturing enables us to fabricate seamlessly.

When unique or difficult geometry on the outside of a bearing presents challenges to traditional manufacturing methods such as machining, additive manufacturing is less labor-intensive and carries lower manufacturing costs. Plus, optimization of the bearing geometry also provides weight savings while maintaining structural integrity.

For more information on our additive manufacturing precision bearings and components visit us at schatzbearing.com. Whether your requirements are for low or high volumes, custom designs, or extremely clean bearing components, we have the experience needed to meet the challenge.