Unlock Possibilities with Metal Printing

Learn how metal printing can bring your business to the next frontier.

Case Study 1:

Saving more than $30,000 by printing obsolete parts for vehicle braking system

Case-Study-Challenge

Client Challenge

  • Client runs a fleet of old vehicles that it is under contract to maintain and keep in operation
  • A key part of the braking was failing and the OEM could not supply without significant cost
  • Options for the client included replacing the entire braking system or the engine completely
Case-Study-How-3DMF-Helped

How we helped

  • We scanned the original part and, working with the part drawing, we created a digital model of the part
  • Then we worked with the client to select a suitable material based on the original part
  • The part was then printed in a metal printing machine
  • Part was installed in the client vehicle fleet
Case-Study-Impact

Impact

  • Client was able to save the braking system and successfully extended use of fleet at minimal cost
  • Value to the client was $30,000 to $40,000 based on replacement of 15 sets of hydraulic brake system

Case Study 2:

Replacing custom fit metal impeller for marine company and saving more than a month’s lead time

Case-Study-Challenge

Client Challenge

  • Client runs a small fleet of highly specialist ships, in which many parts are old and obsolete with limited design and drawings available
  • Designing and production of an impeller typically takes 6-10 weeks by traditional manufacturer
  • We were asked to produce in a shorter time to test 3D printed parts
Case-Study-How-3DMF-Helped

How we helped

  • We reverse engineered the outgoing failed part and created a digital file
  • After experimentation we found a unique way to align the part on the print bed with minimal supports so it could be printed in 1 piece
  • We printed a set of test coupons in parallel to allow for a complete set of tests, including UT, dye penetrant, tensile strength etc.
Case-Study-Impact

Impact

  • We were able to deliver a completed impeller in less than 3 weeks
  • The part passed all required testing to show it met minimum standards for ASTM cast part
  • Value to client was pump working at least 4 weeks ahead of traditional timeframe
  • Balancing achieved with 50% less machine adjustment compared to traditional design

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