Category: Manufacturing

Jay Leno and Team Put 3D Systems End-To-End Manufacturing Technologies to the Test

Reverse engineering software from 3D Systems Geomagic enables recreation of obsolete automotive part. 3D Systems Manufacturing Services allow rapid creation of precise, discrete parts

The Breakdown:

CHALLENGE


Find and fabricate replacement parts for classic and hand-built cars, some of them more than 100 years old, using advanced scanning and 3D tools.

SOLUTION


Using a Faro scanning arm and Geomagic Design X, and 3D Systems On-Demand Parts Manufacturing Services, produced SLS parts in Duraform HST Nylon material.

BENEFIT


The retrofit parts from 3D Systems fit perfectly, and the increased strength of the SLS-printed parts means that it will be harder to break them going forward.

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Metal Technology (MTI) forges new path with metal 3D printing and English Racing

Produced unique on-engine 3D printed metal under-pulley gear within 1 day, and was on the race car engine for testing 3 days later to go on and win races

The Breakdown:

CHALLENGE


Rapidly produce an innovative and critical race car engine part without relying on costly casting and tooling processes

SOLUTION


Pro X DMP metal 3D printing enabled rapid production of a new under-pulley gear without waiting for tooling or having costly production processes.

BENEFIT


Production of more complex part that would be difficult to produce using traditional methods, taking 1 day to print, saving thousands of dollars in the process compared to casting

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EOAT- End of Arm Tooling for a Vacuum Manipulator from Onyx and Continuous Carbon Fiber

Onyx/Chopped-Carbon-Fiber 3D printed part used for irrigating suction from a vacuum manipulator to move work pieces.

The Breakdown:

EOAT is the best solution, but it isn’t perfect


End of Arm Tooling for vacuum manipulators are common in cardboard box assembly shops because vacuums need to securely seal to the product in order to effectively maintain grip. Sometimes, however, EOAT for vacuum manipulators can get snagged on products when product geometry gets complex.

Carbon fiber printed in the perfect geometry.


Markforged was able to print Onyx and Carbon fiber in shapes that are ideal. Heavyweight, traditionally-machined EOAT for these vacuums would get hooked on various features of the product, causing unacceptable and costly slowdowns and stops for production.

Faster, cheaper, and easier to make AND use than aluminum.


As new jobs come in for a package assembly facility, new types of vacuum-heads, end-effectors, and other EOAT must be purchased or manufactured. Both options are costly, and this must be done every new job that couldn’t use EOAT from previous contracts for their vacuum manipulators, due to random factors related to form factor, weight, and geometry.

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