In the factory floor around the world, 3D printing has quietly changed from prototyping to essential tools. Advances in printer technology and materials science mean that today’s 3D printed components are strong enough to withstand the wear and tear of real-world use and are accurate enough to meet demanding production requirements. Today, when production engineers want to maintain quality, reduce costs, and increase efficiency, 3D printing is increasingly becoming a tool for completing their work on time and within budget.
A single 3D printed locating pin saves a lot of time and cost, thereby outsourcing the part in nylon. Moving from the lathe of the external machine shop to the internal 3D printing, the minimum order quantity of 1200 pieces was avoided and the cost per part was reduced by half.
A 3D printing locating pin for CNC wiring operation
Internal printing not only saves outsourced resources, it also reduces downtime caused by switching between jobs. Previously, a special fixture had to be created for each board, and now the staff can quickly reposition the pins on a simple grid using the setup table.
Automation does allow us to eliminate some of the heavy material burden that manufacturing has suffered over the past 50 to 60 years. The 3D printing device is a fast, low-risk solution for testing and implementing ideas for efficiency. From saving time and money by creating replacement parts internally, to discovering creative solutions that fundamentally change the way companies organize their factory production work.