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3D Printing Saves Time & Money for ASSA ABLOY

The Challenge ASSA ABLOY engineers were actively searching for a new development process optimization for their customized opening solutions. Traditionally, their standard approach included injection molding for prototyping, which incurs high costs and long lead times. Finding an alternative technology presented a challenge, as several critical application requirements needed to be met. These requirements include a tough material that offers long-term durability and could withstand 120,000 cycles but still have an excellent surface finish. The Solution After garnering no results from their internal search,...

3D Printed Parts for High-Speed Passenger Trains

The Challenge Alstom is a multinational company that provides sustainable mobility solutions for high-speed trains. An Alstom fleet that has been running for ten years was experiencing part degradation. The Alstom Maintenance team in Nola, Italy, needed to replace two-hundred footrest parts due to damaged or vandalized parts aboard the AGV ETR575, a very high-speed, electric multiple-unit passenger train. Alstom explored solutions, such as a new mold, which was too expensive to produce spare parts. Alstom decided to make the switch...

3D Printing Drastically Reduces Lead Time & Cuts Costs

The Challenge RELMAG’s customer required a very specific purpose relay, completely custom designed. There was a question of how to prototype this part while avoiding the standard process where injection molding is required. The process of injection molding is not practical for smaller projects due to its economical inefficiency. As well as that, the lead time for these injection molded parts was 6 weeks which also posed some challenges. The Solution RELMAG decided to turn to Service Bureau, Cotu and move away from...

3D Printing Reduces Cost and Improves Efficiency

The Challenge Sisma laser machines are equipped with a co-axial vision system to enable automatic matching and alignment of the marking, engraving or remote welding. While typical led ring illuminators are easily available on the market and have been successfully used in the past, to further improve the visual inspection and pattern recognition Sisma set out to develop a custom lighting frame. The Solution Sisma turned to 3D Printing and determined that Loctite 3D 3843 HDT60 High Toughness Matte Black was the best...

Additive Manufacturing Majorly Reduces Lead Time

The Challenge Berlin-based startup MaxResolution3D sought to take on serial production to help close the gap between injection molding, machining, and other traditional manufacturing technologies. Upon initial investigation to find a fast, scalable 3D printing platform fit for production, the MaxResolution3D team narrowed their choices down significantly after seeing demos from three leading resin-based additive manufacturing systems. However, the parts from one system were found to be rather sticky, not possessing quality surface finish from right off the print bed. The Solution Ultimately, the NXE...

Dramatically Reducing Production Time with 3D Printing

The Challenge During the 1990s, KADEN produced several toy car models made of zinc alloy and plastic. Leading up to 2020, KADEN had been reduced to a company of about 40 workers, who provided specialized assembly services for other model manufacturers because of increasing foreign competition due to the lower costs of outsourcing labor and production to Asia (particularly to China). KADEN quickly realized the need to bring production back to Europe and revive the industry. The Solution KADEN turned to 3D Printing...

Accelerating Packaging Innovation with 3D Printing

The Challenge Creating conventional metal tooling for the blow molding of bottles is an expensive and time-consuming proposition. In a time where speed to market has never been so important in the consumer goods sector, food & beverage giant PepsiCo decided to adapt a hybrid model and set out to explore the possibilities of combining parts of a conventional metal mold with 3D printed inserts in order to redesign their bottle and package designs to fulfil customers desires. The Solution PepsiCo chose Nexa3D’s xPEEK147...

Loctite Materials Race Towards Providing Solutions for Motorsport

The Challenge NISMO, Nissans specialized motorsports team have been working on their new GT500 Super GT Car for the last few years. The car underwent a comprehensive re-design which focused on increasing the performance. However, their engineers were stuck on the re-design of a few critical parts of the race cars “yoke” steering wheel. The driving handles and the gaskets that cover the buttons on the yoke control panel. These parts had to meet exacting standards and have a precision feel....