What is

3D Printing

3D printing, or also known as ‘Rapid Prototyping or Additive Manufacturing”, is a process used to make three-dimensional solid objects which are created by layering material formed under computer control. Although it has increased in popularity over the past three to five years, the 3D printing process goes back as far as the 1980s when the first additive manufacturing equipment was developed. Since then, 3D printing has been deployed across various industries and has been used for a variety of creative endeavors around the world.

3D printing will help reduce the time and cost it takes for parts to be manufactured. All of our 3D printed parts come with a material data sheet for validation within a GMP environment.

Market research - 3D PRINTING

According to a recent update to the Worldwide semi-annual 3D Printing Spending Guide from the International Data Corporation (IDC), global spending on 3D printing will experience a five-year Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 22.3% with revenues reaching $28.9 billion in 2020.

PAIN POINTS & COST DRIVERS

Pinpoint root causes for process inefficiencies, equipment failures, and line-down scenarios.

FACTORY APPLICATIONS

Identify key components of factory workflow that could benefit from shorter lead times and lower cost.

MATERIALS IN MRO EQUIPMENT

Determine materials in MRO equipment that could be easily matched by high strength 3D printing.

Identify key drivers in the following categories:

Unplanned line shutdowns due to equipment failures are some of the most costly aspects of a manufacturing process. Identify applications for additive technology on your factory floor by going to the source of the challenges that keep you up at night — manufacturing steps that frequently stop or slow production, or are expensive to fix. High strength AM can be used to quickly produce replacement parts or custom alignment jigs, making these challenges excellent starting points for building your AM strategy. Once you’ve identified areas of focus, building an ROI projection for your AM strategy is simple, as you’ll have already calculated the cost of production failures. Identify key drivers in the following categories:

STEADY-STATE PROCESS INEFFICIENCY

Throughput rate differences between processes and other standard operating inefficiencies cause bottlenecks even when a line is running normally. Guides, assembly fixtures, and transfer tooling are simple tools that can vastly improve line throughput with additive manufacturing.

LINE CHANGEOVER & STARTUP INEFFICIENCY

Line changeovers, calibrations, or configuration changes can cause productivity inefficiencies due to lost uptime when initializing a line. Printed tools like calibration jigs and mounting fixtures for machine setup can expedite the time it takes to get your production lines running smoothly.

PRODUCT BREAKAGE & WASTE

Line failures that cause the products they are manufacturing to fail or break can result in waste and unplanned downtime of entire manufacturing lines. Custom line add-ons can reduce these failures and improve machine efficiency

UNPLANNED DOWNTIME SCENARIOS

Unplanned downtime occurs due to breakage or miscalibration of equipment fundamental to the process, resulting in low or zero production rates. Print replacement parts and maintenance tools to keep downtime at an absolute minimum.
Benefits of

3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing

Using our experienced in-house engineers, design software and 3D printing we can create prototypes and manufacturing parts at a fraction of the cost of traditional manufacturing methods and also at a fraction of the time.

We also integrate 3D printing into our overall Building Information Modelling suite, offering advantages for building and facility managers. All our designs/modifications are verified by our own in-house Quality Review, this means you will get the right information and help ensure accuracy.

REDUCE COSTS

Prototyping injection mold tools and production runs have traditionally been expensive. The 3D printing process allows cost-effective creation of parts and/or tools.

REDUCE TIME

Set up and development time for prototyping and manufacturing have been slashed by 3D printing. A design can be finalised and printed on the same day.

TEST THE MARKET

Designing and redesigning is more possible than ever with 3D printing. You can produce your model/part, and test it in your markets. With feedback you can quickly and efficiently update.

INSTANT ERGONOMICS

2D designs can often run into problems when the model is actually produced and held physically. With 3D printing you can quickly and cheaply get hold of your model early in the development process.

3D Printing is shaking our pre-conceived notions of what can and can't be made
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