The biggest advantage of Additive Manufacturing is the individualization of products. Mass Customization is well known as a promising future application. The use of Additive Manufacturing for assembly groups is mostly not reasonable, however combining it with conventional manufacturing processes can lead to new opportunities.
This paper works out concepts to join, by using similar material combinations, an injection molded part with an additive deposited geometry by the Fused-Deposition-Modeling (FDM) process. Therefore, two of the main industrially used polymers, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and polypropylene (PP), are selected for further study. In particular, this investigation focuses on the procedural potentials and surface preparation of the injection molded part. By the variation of adhesive bonding, the fusion of similar materials can be identified and tested in several series of testing.
First in general a direct joining function by the FLM process will be tested. After proving this hypothesis, the results will be summarised in a recommendation of joining similar materials, which are manufactured in different ways.