Various types of hardware are commonly used in plastic parts to withstand the torque and load applied when joining parts to create assemblies. Like machined or molded plastics parts, components made with FDM® technology can also have hardware inserted into them.

Inserts may be added during an FDM build (see the Best Practice: Embedding Hardware) or in a secondary, post-build operation. This Best Practice covers secondary insertion of hardware with common methods such as adhesive bonding, press fitting and heat setting.

Applications where inserting hardware adds enhanced functionality include:

• Thread reinforcement
        - Threaded inserts

• Knurled

• Expansion

• Helical insert

• Wear reduction
        - Bushing
        - Bearing
        - Wear plate

For more information, download the full best practices document here.

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