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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....

Driving Innovation in The Automotive Industry with 3D Printing

The Challenge KTM is an Austrian manufacturer of motorcycles and sports cars. They were looking for a solution to improve a specific clamping component used on the rear suspension system on the Duke and RC 390 Bike. This component is used to mount a part of the performance suspension from WP Suspensions. The KTM Technologies team knew that a more traditional manufacturing method such as injection molding would simply be too expensive given the small series production. The Solution KTM found that leveraging...

Optimizing Electronic Connectors in The Automotive Industry Using 3D Printing

The Challenge When using traditional production methods, problems can often arise that can have a massive impact on the cost effectiveness of the application. These traditional production methods can be too time consuming and far too expensive. A diagnostic equipment manufacturer turned to its supplier ‘Feba-Kabel’ to explore new ways to optimize electronic connectors for a cable assembly in diagnostic devices in the automotive sector . Together with 3D-Werk, GENERA and the use of additive manufacturing, the perfect solution could be...