The COVID-19 pandemic has been a major stumbling block for many companies throughout the world. Getting your company back on track doesn’t have to be overly complicated. Rapid Prototyping with 3D printing provides many advantages in this time of protecting employees and cutting costs.
Is Taurus the perfect 3D printing material for your automotive rapid prototypes? Jonas Van Eyck, Process Engineer at Materialise Manufacturing, digs into what makes an ideal tool for automotive prototyping. Here are the top 4 reasons why Taurus should be your pick for your next project, whether it’s visual prototypes or form-and-fit testing.
When you’re running a start-up, speed is often a key part in providing your customers with a good experience. Not only does it give you a competitive advantage, it enables you to react quickly to customer demands and get to the best version of the product together. We interviewed Filip Smet, the CEO of Lemon Companies to get his unique insight on why 3D Printing – and speedy deliveries – are so crucial for Lemon’s projects.
Bednet is an organization which enables children with long-term or chronic illnesses to follow classes from the comfort of their own home. The patient’s friends and classmates can see them on a screen at the back of the class, and they can follow the lesson as if they were physically present. We donated 3D-printed parts for the Bednet mobile unit, which was nominated for the prestigious Henry van de Velde Life Quality Award last year!
Dutch company Vanderlande handles logistics automation, making processes in warehouses more efficient and streamlined. Imagine the warehouse of the future, with rows upon rows of crates that seem to know exactly where they’re going. When multinational supermarket chain Albert Heijn was looking for a new, automated layout for its main distribution center, Vanderlande stepped in to provide it. Materialise 3D-printed their highly complex automated distribution center with a scale model, so that they could clearly show their clients what the new system offered.
The automotive industry is an early adopter of 3D printing technology, initially benefitting from Rapid Prototyping to finalize new car concepts. SL Corporation is an automotive parts manufacturer based in Korea, who was able to cut their lead-times significantly and reduce costs by incorporating 3D Printing into their production.
Benjamin Hubert of design agency Layer is the creative force behind the GO Wheelchair, the world’s first 3D printed consumer wheelchair. It’s being launched this week at Clerkenwell Design Week in London as part of an exhibition of Layer’s most recent work. Whilst the project is still at the concept stage right now, it has the potential to drastically alter the daily life of wheelchair users. We talked to Benjamin to find out what drove him to create this project, and why he turned to 3D Printing for the job!
When Primo came to Materialise they had already identified 3D Printing as the ideal manufacturing method for the first 650 runs of the Cubetto Playset. What they went on to discover was the value you can realise when a product is designed specifically for 3D Printing. A tangible programming interface that teaches children programming logic without the need for literacy, the Cubetto Playset consists of a programming interface, a set of instruction blocks and board, and the star of the show, a robot called ‘Cubetto’. Comprised of natural materials and electronics, Primo had selected Additive Manufacturing to produce eleven parts including the programming blocks and components that would be used to construct the Cubetto robot.
When French TV program M6 Turbo – a long-running show dedicated to the latest news in the automotive world – wanted to showcase PEUGEOT’s new FRACTAL concept car with 3D-printed interiors, they needed to show their viewers some visuals of how these parts were made and what 3D Printing actually looks like. So they decided to come over, and we were happy to show M6 Turbo around the 3D Printing production floor at Materialise HQ: Europe’s largest single-site factory for Additive Manufacturing. Take a look!