In the year 2023, Double D Trailers plans to print the world’s first patent pending 3D-printed horse trailer. Just a few years ago, this seemed like a far-off concept and something that wasn’t even possible. However, with the recent developments in the world of 3D printing, many large projects have been successfully completed.
In the last few years, 3D printing has really taken the world by storm. Just within the last 2-3 years we have seen major technological strides such as the completion of a 3D-printed boat, 3D-printed bridges, 3D-printed campers, and even 3D-printed homes!
There are a few key reasons why 3D printing is taking such large strides over traditional manufacturing in many niches of production.
Chances are, we are all a little bit concerned about the environment and the effects that we have on it. In a study conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on global atmospheric carbon dioxide, It was found that the large amounts of CO2 released in our atmosphere are contributing to global warming. With conventional manufacturing methods, horse trailers require hundreds of various components in construction including rubber seals, latches, windows, mats, wall lining, etc. The different trailer parts are produced with traditional factory manufacturing methods that release harmful CO2 in our atmosphere, causing air and land pollution. 3D printing technology helps to reduce CO2 emissions that are emitted by manufacturing plants as 95% of the components are printed in house and the process has a zero CO2 footprint.
Many methods of 3D printing utilize recycled materials in production. The 3D-printed horse trailers by Double D Trailers will be no different. Our printed horse trailers will be largely constructed of polycarbonate (commonly referred to as PC). This material originates from renewable raw materials and pellets.
After the pandemic, we have all continually felt the impact of supply chain shortages and delays. Most horse trailer manufacturers are months out on production because of the ripple effect caused by supply chain challenges. This is specifically unfortunate for horse owners. When you have a show coming up, or the weather is right for traveling and trail riding, you’d like your new horse trailer as soon as possible. Since 3D printing does not use standard construction materials, the supply chain challenges are avoided.
One of the major concerns of 3D-printed objects is durability. However, the thermoplastic materials used in 3D printing have rapidly advanced in recent years and been made stronger, and more durable over time. Polycarbonate (PC) is a strong building material - and in a recent study published in the International Journal of Innovative Science and Research Technology, Polycarbonate was shown to have high temperature resistance. (Stable up to 275 degrees Fahrenheit!) PC been used in roof panels on houses and industrial buildings for many years, and has been shown to last upwards of 30 years when it’s well-maintained.
When it comes to standard manufacturing, you have humans who work on an assembly line, working on different parts of the construction process. As humans, we all know that we can’t avoid making errors - it’s just a part of our human existence. However, when it comes to manufacturing, making errors can turn into huge problems.
At Double D Trailers, we work diligently with our clients to design their customized dream horse trailers, and they want it to be constructed just how they designed it. With 3D printing, all of the design is generated with a computer and then printed and overseen by professional engineers who are constantly monitoring and making real-time corrections during the print.
3D printing large objects is no longer a concept of the future, but rather; it’s a present reality. Our team at Double D Trailers has spent the last year researching and working diligently with designers and engineers to develop a 3D-printed horse trailer that is safe, durable, and sustainable for the environment.
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Check out this interactive video walk through of all of the features and components on the Double D Trailers 3D-printed horse trailer model.
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Chapter 1 - 3D Printing a Horse Trailer: What Led to It?
Chapter 2 - The Complete Guide on 3D-Printed Horse Trailer Safety
Chapter 3 - How it Works: Unloading and Loading a Horse in a 3D-Printed Horse Trailer
Chapter 4 - How Does 3D Printing Manufacturing Work?
Chapter 5 - Safe Towing Guide for 3D-Printed Horse Trailers
Chapter 6 - Horse Trailer Design Features Exclusive to the 3D-Printed Trailer
Chapter 7 - 3D-Printed Horse Trailer Size: Built to Accommodate Big Horses
Chapter 8 - Horse Trailer Maintenance on a 3D-Printed Horse Trailer
Unveiled by Double D Trailers, the only 3D-printed horse trailer design on the market today is anticipated to come hot off the printer press later in 2023. This trailer will be produced solely by a large-scale, robotic-based printer. The specific printer used to print this horse trailer is capable of depositing 1,000 pounds of high-strength thermoplastic in as little as five hours. This 3D-printed sustainable horse trailer design will be constructed with a proprietary blend of recyclable materials such as polycarbonate, fiberglass, and carbon fiber - resulting in the most durable, well-insulated, lightweight, quiet, and customizable design ever offered in the horse trailer industry.
3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, refers to the process of building up a tangible, 3 dimensional object by depositing material one layer at a time using a computer controlled printer. Double D is using a polycarbonate thermoplastic in our process, but many other materials can be printed with the right printer.
3D printing starts with a solid CAD model being generated using computer software. That solid model is then prepared for printing using additional software that generates a series of commands that the printer will follow. The printer then interprets these commands, and starts depositing the thermoplastic materials layer by layer until the part is complete.
3D printing is more beneficial than conventional manufacturing methods as it reduces production time, emits less harmful gas due to smaller manufacturing facility and lower utiilty needs, and has reduced inventory requirements.
Currently, the aerospace industry is taking the most advantage of 3D printing. It is an excellent method of producing tooling and molds, and is also being used for functional hardware on both air and spacecraft. Other industries are coming along quickly, including automotive, furniture makers, consumer goods, and architectural projects.
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