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Fueling Change: 3D Printing Transforms Carburetor Performance

Introduction

Ensuring that carburetors stay perfectly airtight is crucial for engine performance. This pressure gauge is specifically designed for that purpose, maintaining airtight conditions over an 8-hour period. It's a vital tool in the automotive industry, widely used in maintenance and repair by both professionals and DIY enthusiasts. DLP (Digital Light Processing) technology was chosen for this application because it meets essential requirements: high dimensional accuracy, effective liquid and gas tightness, shape stability, and strong chemical resistance. These attributes ensure the pressure...

Spark Of Progress: 3D Printing Breakthrough In Electrical Systems

Introduction

Additive Innovators needed to create a customized electrical switch interlock for industrial generator breaker panels, designed to meet the high standards of electrical power generation and similar industries.  The main challenge lies in effectively integrating 3D printing technology into existing production and maintenance procedures. This involves blending customization features, selecting appropriate materials such as Loctite 3D IND3380, and ensuring cost-effectiveness to streamline processes and enhance equipment performance. The ultimate goal was to utilize additive manufacturing to boost flexibility, decrease downtime, and...

High Seas Innovation With 3D Printing

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IEE Ltd, a trusted engineering services provider based in Whakatane, New Zealand, collaborated with Extreme Boats to develop custom interior components for their aluminum vessels. Extreme Boats, known for crafting high-quality boats for over two decades, sought IEE's expertise in 3D scanning, reverse engineering, CAD modeling, and 3D printing. The challenge lay in verifying the need for a 3D printed solution that met specific criteria such as resistance to sunlight and UV radiation while remaining cost-effective and flexible in design....

A Gripping Breakthrough

Introduction

GridGrips revolutionized the biking industry with their innovative bike grips featuring vertically oriented independent 3D lattice layers, enhancing shock absorption and reducing hand/arm strain for riders tackling rugged terrains. Overcoming challenges in R&D and material selection, they adopted 3D resin printing using LOCTITE IND475 resin, enabling rapid prototyping and swift adjustments based on user feedback. This innovative approach not only ensures high-quality products but also grants GridGrips a competitive edge in grip production costs while scaling sustainably.

Enhancing Tooling and Respiratory Adapters

The Challenge H&T Presspart approached Excelencia-tech with a highly demanding challenge. They sought technology capable of achieving 50-micron tolerances and surface finishes similar to injection molding. Additionally, the technology needed to print various materials, including PP-like substances, ABS, elastomers, transparent materials, and biocompatible-certified materials. The Solution H&T Presspart's integration of P3™ DLP technology streamlined production. Agile adjustments in internal tooling were facilitated, and the technology sped up precise prototyping with enhanced material flexibility like Loctite 3D IND405. Henkel elastomers, including Loctite 3D IND...

Revamping Production: bachmaier Snug-earmolds Pro’s Journey with Loctite 3D Printing Solution

The Challenge Bachmaier specializes in custom-made products for the hearing aid, hearing protection, and music industries.  They wanted to establish a more efficient process in their production of creating bachmaier Snug-earmolds Pro.  These ear molds are a custom-fit earpiece that can be attached to AirPods designed to snugly fit the ear. The Solution The team transitioned from traditional production to 3D printing and identified Loctite 3D 3843 resin to be the most suitable solution for the process due to its ...

3D Printed Parts for Quandum Aerospace

The Challenge Quandum Aerospace, a Spanish company specializing in aerospace, green energy, and medical technologies tested new Zortrax resin 3D printing ecosystem for a month. Initial feedback from the Quandum engineering team was positive both as to quality of prints and overall design of the Zortrax Inkspire 2 3D printerZortrax Cleaning Station, and Zortrax Curing Station. Quandum wanted to use the new Zortrax 3D printing ecosystem to make medical device parts for one of their clients. The Solution The team...

Loctite 3D printing provides solutions for the Simracing market

The Challenge O-Rouge needed to develop a Simracing seat with internal cooling in a new project that required small series production of 400 – 1000 parts per year. The application looks like a simple mesh part, but due to the whole system's design, it needs to withstand mechanical loads over time. The main challenge was finding a manufacturing method and material that was strong enough to withstand these heavy loads and vibrations and be UV stable with a high finishing...

Henkel Consumer Goods & LOCTITE 3D Printing Unite

The Challenge The Henkel Consumer Goods team utilized a labeling bottle plate, a customized component that houses bottles while the labels are secured. Traditionally, this component was manufactured using CNC machining. This method posed some challenges for the team because the lead time for a single component was 12 weeks. In addition to the long lead-time, each part was made from stainless steel or aluminum. Making these parts using CNC machining requires a new block of material every time, resulting in astronomically...

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...

Lead Time & Costs are Majorly Reduced with the Help of 3D Printing

The Challenge Valeo is a French global automotive supplier and partner to automakers worldwide. They require test benches for automotive component climatic tests. The test benches are holders for car interior parts that stay in the orientation needed under tough conditions to aid in testing car components against extreme weathering conditions, such as wind, humidity, dust, and temperatures. The main challenge was to find a material that could withstand the application requirements. The application required sufficient toughness to keep parts...

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...