Case Study

Award-Winning Anchor Link Part

3DEO’s Anchor Link Part

2020 MPIF Design Excellence Award Winner


The Metal Powder Industries Federation has awarded 3DEO the 2020 Design Excellence Award for its additively manufactured component, the anchor link. This component exhibits the unique capabilities of 3DEO’s patented metal 3D printing technology: Intelligent Layering®, superior tolerances, proprietary development with unique setters, and scalable printing for intricate geometries. 

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Why the Customer Chose 3DEO Over CNC Machining

Low Piece Price

Competed (and won) against CNC machines to reach a lower piece price while retaining the ability to seamlessly scale quantities into very high volumes.

Short Lead Times

Introduced designs rapidly for fast market entry, with the ability to make design improvements and changes without paying the price of tooling costs.

Flexible Manufacturing

Scaled quantities up/down to match demand; avoided setup and minimum quantity costs with traditional manufacturing.

Design Excellence

“What is notable is that 3DEO’s 3D printed component was not just up against other additive parts, it beat out traditional manufacturing techniques as well.” -3D Printing Media Network

How the anchor link sets the stage for additive manufacturing

[3DEO] is gaining high-volume, low-cost parts orders versus traditional manufacturing techniques such as CNC machining and Metal Injection Moulding. The company sells parts and offers customers a ‘one-stop-shop’ for production-quality metal components.

EditorMetal Additive Manufacturing Magazine

An Award of Distinction has been given to 3DEO for an anchor link used in a defense application. A hybrid metal AM process is used to make the parts. The parts are made using heat-treated 17-4 PH stainless steel powder.

MPIFMetal Powder Industries Federation

[3DEO] aims to be a direct competitor to traditional manufacturing. In fact, its 3D printed anchor link had to triumph over a number of other metal powder parts produced via conventional powder metallurgy and [MIM].

Kubi SertogluEngineer, 3D Printing Industry

3DEO has shown that its metal AM approach, and metal AM at large, is a force within the metal powder market. The part in question was an “anchor link,” a small part with an evidently big impact.

Tess BoissonneaultContent Writer, 3D Printing Media Network

For the first time in metal 3D printing, 3DEO is winning high-volume, low-cost parts orders versus traditional manufacturing techniques such as CNC machining and metal injection molding.

Jon KnoxAutomotive Industries

It is particularly exciting to me that the winning component is a high-volume production part, not a one-off prototype. We had to out-compete CNC machining to win the production order, and we did that with a lower piece price and the ability to seamlessly scale quantities into very high volumes.

Matt PetrosPhD, CEO of 3DEO

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