Manufacturing

10 Years of 3D Printing at Samsonite: Innovation from Design to the Production Line

Solutions: Additive Manufacturing, Grippers, Rapid Prototyping

From concept to mass production, innovation is wired into Samsonite’s manufacturing DNA. Over the last ten years, 3D printing has helped the design team find original solutions to complex challenges as they move new projects forward.

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Manufacturing

94% Lighter, 50% Cheaper, and More Performant – Optimizing a Suction Gripper Design for Metal 3D Printing

Solutions: Magics, Metal Production

Production tools are one of the applications where additive manufacturing truly shines. By optimizing the design of this suction gripper for 3D printing, Materialise reduced the manufacturing costs per gripper by half.

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Software

Digital, Interconnected, and Automated: 3D Printer Control for Industry 4.0

Solutions: Magics 3D Print Suite, Streamics

Since it opened in April 2016, Materialise’s production site for metal 3D printing in Bremen has expanded to include more new 3D metal printers. Materialise Streamics software ensures optimum, cost-saving management of the printers and the orders completed with them. Process engineer Philip Buchholz explains how Streamics has been modified to meet requirements from a growing pool of printers to diverse customer needs.

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Manufacturing

QualiCal’s METRO puts 3D Printing in the Limelight

Solutions: Certified Additive Manufacturing, Laser Sintering

Italian engineering company QualiCal saw an opportunity for innovation in lime production, and asked — could 3D printing help eliminate the single biggest cause of production downtime? It could and it has. Partnering with us, QualiCal developed a shaft level indicator that offers the potential for increased revenue of up to €1,400,000.

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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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Manufacturing

Thinking Additive: How Volvo Car Gent Has Reimagined Production Fixtures

Solutions: Certified Additive Manufacturing

Volvo Car Gent discovered that streamlining your supply of tools and fixtures can unlock savings, production headroom and more. This 3D-printed gluing jig combines all previous components in one fixture, weighs 64% less and can be delivered in only two weeks at nearly half the price of the previous jig.

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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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Manufacturing

Materialise Grippers for Assembly Line Automation

Solutions: Additive Manufacturing, Certified Additive Manufacturing, Grippers

Materialise’s pneumatic grippers made an appearance at the EXPO MILANO 2015, giving a hand (literally) to ABB’s dual-arm robot, YuMi. With these grippers, YuMi can do much of what human hands can do in an assembly-line job, with more precision and consistency.

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Software

Schunk’s 3D-Printed Grippers Grab All Attention

Solutions: Custom Software Development, Streamics

German expert in clamping technology and gripping systems Schunk worked with Materialise to create eGrip, the world's first fully-automated design and ordering tool for 3D-Printed gripper fingers.

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