3D printing reduces development cycles and allow designers to be more agile and iterate quickly with prototypes used for form, fit and function testing.
The aerospace industry are early adoptors of Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology. 3D printing enabling cutting edge design optimisation and the aerospace industry addresses the millions of bespoke parts in aircraft, which were challenging the constraints of traditional manufacturing methods.
Mapir a surveillance drone manufacturer required a lightweight camera mounting system. The geometry could not be manufactured using injection moulding. Carbon fibre technology or machining manufacturing process would have taken too long and would have been too cost prohibitive.
Challenge: To find an affordable manufacturing process for a drone camera mount. High tooling costs
restricted MAPIR’s use of injection moulding.
Material performance and part price limited the company’s ability to use traditional 3D printing technologies.
Solution: MAPIR reached out to GoProto for additive manufacture of parts utilising PA12 material from HP’s Multi-Jet Fusion process, resulting in durable parts with fine surface resolution and lower production cost.
Result: MAPIR was able to create final production parts leading to significant cost savings and shortened lead times. The convenience of GoProto’s digital warehouse provided on-demand manufacturing and reduced inventory costs.
This same capability exists within the automotive industry with multiple metal parts consolidated to one thermoplastic 3D Printed product. An innovation that reduces weight and reduces fuel costs. Extrapolating this to printing bulky repair parts on demand reduces loads and meets defence’s continued commitment of keeping war fighters safe.
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