Bearing Housing - The Challenge

The Schaeffler Group is making a decisive contribution to “Mobility for Tomorrow“ already today with its high-precision components and systems in engine, transmission, and chassis applications, in addition to rolling and plain bearing solutions for a large number of industrial applications.

For the distribution of a bearing casing, FAG Schaeffler planned the use of samples for the sales team. However, the large and heavy original casing was not suitable for a sample case.

A practical solution was necessary to create a portable sample part for the sales process.

Bearing Housing - The Challenge
Bearing Housing - The FIT Solution

Bearing Housing - The FIT Solution

Rapid Prototyping (Special Series)

Prototyping feasibility check
Result: Hybrid manufacturing (additive manufacturing of the master model and conventional manufacturing of the demonstrator) of a lighter bearing house is possible.
- Recommended material: PU
- Recommended technology: Vacuum casting

Additive manufacturing

- Additive manufacturing of a design prototype with our quality-approved AM process for selective laser sintering (SLS or Laser Powder Bed Fusion PBF-LB/P)
- Additive manufacturing of the master model for casting with our quality-approved AM process for stereolithography (SLA)

Conventional manufacturing  

Vacuum casting of 20 casings in individual parts

Finishing

- Painting
- Assembling

Quality assurance

- Visual quality check of every casing after finishing


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