Kick-Starting the Co-Creation Process
Founded in 1891 to manufacture incandescent lamps and other electrical products, Philips has been innovating for over 125 years. Employing some 850 staff, the Philips Lighting site in Turnhout (Belgium) plays a key role in maintaining that tradition and is widely recognized as the trendsetting world leader in the field of professional lighting technology. In fact Philips Turnhout often works in partnership with research centers based in Belgium and beyond on innovations in the field of high-pressure gas discharge lamps, from concept to production.
Interested in the potential that 3D printing – particularly metal printing – could help unlock in their production process, Philips Factory Engineering Designer, Danny Van der Jonckheyd and his team invited Materialise to the site to gain an in-depth understanding of Philips’ specific production line requirements.
Sven Hermans, Business Development Manager at Materialise recalls: “You have to see a line in action to truly appreciate the demands, strains and stresses on specific assembly elements, but also to understand the pressures on personnel. While at the site, we looked at parts and spoke with production line operatives, maintenance teams, factory engineers - as many people as we could in order to identify issues and areas ripe for enhancement that would be ideally suited to 3D printed solutions.
“Where could the option to use lighter materials have an impact? Where could structural design impossible or too expensive to realize using traditional manufacturing techniques to improve performance or reduce wastage? These were the types of question we worked on with the team at Philips.”