Manufacturing

Pushing boundaries by ‘normalizing new’: 3DP has become business as usual for Labman Automation

Solutions: Certified Additive Manufacturing, Metal 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping

Labman has been at the forefront of designing custom laboratory automation products and solutions for almost 30 years – its robots can be found in over 42 countries, in locations ranging from prestigious research institutions to the development rooms of major manufacturers. With a focus on innovation and a ‘can do’, curious approach, the business is frequently called in to solve automated process puzzles thought insurmountable. And increasingly it’s using 3D printing to do it. 

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Lattice Structures Enable Optimized Tooling Design for Smoby Toys

Solutions: 3-matic, Build Processor, Metal 3D Printing

Smoby, the number one toy manufacturer in France, makes merchandise featuring the Lightning McQueen car. Some of their toys are produced by IPC, a research center with significant expertise in 3D printing technology. To produce miniature versions of Lightning McQueen, IPC decided to print a metal mold that would perform better than ever before thanks to cooling channels that follow the exact shape of the car.

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Volum-e Reduces Metal Support Removal by 50% Using Materialise e-Stage

Solutions: Aluminium, e-stage, Metal 3D Printing

Automation, speed, quality and cost reduction are all important drivers for improving the 3D printing process. Discover how volum-e increased their efficiency of their highly complex metal production. 

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AM Simulation: A Guide to the Best Part Orientation and Support Configuration

Solutions: FEA, Magics, Magics 3D Print Suite, Metal 3D Printing

In this case study, we investigate different part-support configurations of a patient-specific CMF implant, and determine which configuration is most suitable for the AM process. We do this by simulating deformations via inherent strain method and comparing the final deformations of the parts after support removal. 

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Manufacturing

Philips’ Lightbulb Moment: 3D Printing Becomes Essential Production Thinking

Solutions: Additive Manufacturing, Metal 3D Printing

Working together Materialise and Philips Lighting explored the benefits 3D Printing could offer for components in a production environment. The first two parts we developed; a lamp holder bracket, previously prone to part failure and a redesigned suction gripper; are together realizing cost savings of around €89,000 a year.

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The Spider Bracket: A Topology Optimization Project by Altair, Materialise and Renishaw

Solutions: 3-matic, Build Processor, Magics, Metal 3D Printing, Renishaw

Materialise worked together with Altair and Renishaw to create an R&D spider bracket. The amazing thing about this bracket is that it contains hybrid lattice structures and is successfully 3D printed in Titanium. This design could not have been created with conventional manufacturing methods.

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A 63% Lighter Titanium Aerospace Part

Solutions: 3-matic, Lightweight Structures, Metal 3D Printing

With Materialise software that is perfectly compatible with simulation and analysis software, you can create strong and light industrial metal parts. This aerospace part was 3D printed in Titanium at our metal competence center in Bremen, with a 63% weight reduction compared to the traditionally manufactured part.

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Only Four Months from Idea to Working Metal Machine, Powered by Materialise Software

Solutions: Build Processor, Magics 3D Print Suite, Materialise Control Platform, Metal 3D Printing

German company Frydryszik Manufacturing + Technical Services (FMTS) provides services to various industries – from constructing a textile factory to training personnel and installing hot-oil systems.

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Manufacturing

Titanium Inserts for Spacecraft: 66% Lighter with Metal 3D Printing

Solutions: 3-matic, Metal 3D Printing

Each kilogram put into orbit costs around $20,000. Every gram saved helps make space a more attainable frontier. So Materialise worked together with the engineering division of Atos, a global leader in digital services, to reinvent a titanium insert that is widely used in satellites.

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Manufacturing

Suction Gripper in 3D-Printed Aluminum: The Power of (Re)Design

Solutions: Aluminium, Certified Additive Manufacturing, Metal 3D Printing

Making the most of Additive Manufacturing means taking a new approach to design. For this suction gripper, our Design & Engineering team evolved the design until we had a 3D-printed part that costs less than one-third of the original, is nearly a quarter of the weight, and needs no assembly.

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VTT Presents an Organic, Lightweight Hydraulic Valve

Solutions: 3-matic, Additive Manufacturing, Build Processor, Magics, Metal 3D Printing

The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland wanted to produce a strong and light hydraulic valve with minimal risk of leakage. Since this is an impossible challenge with traditional manufacturing technology, VTT decided to explore the possibilities of 3D Printing.

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Manufacturing

Setting Wheels InMotion: 3D Printing Titanium Parts for an Electric Race Car

Solutions: 3-matic, Metal 3D Printing

When you’re aiming to make the fastest electric car in the world, every bit of weight optimization matters: so we helped InMotion create lightweight 3D-printed wishbones for the suspension. Thanks to our Metal Printing Factory and software, InMotion is on its way to an ambitious goal.

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