Home brew­ing kit maker or­ders a triple and gets a happy cus­tomer

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - 3D TECHNOLOGY -

Waikato In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy ( Win­tec) has New Zealand’s first ul­tra high def­i­ni­tion, mass pro­duc­tion, liq­uid resin 3D printer.

Win­tec’s re­search pro­grammes man­ager, Dr Henk Roodt, says his in­dus­trial de­sign team is “dis­rupt­ing” cus­tomers’ de­sign pro­cesses with its 3D Sys­tems Pro­jet 6000MP ma­chine, “but in a good way”.

“We are work­ing with com­pa­nies to rad­i­cally change, for the bet­ter, the way they think about and per­form in­dus­trial de­sign,” he says.

“For in­stance, by us­ing a 3D printer, a com­pany no longer de­signs in­di­vid­ual com­po­nents of a part, pro­duces each small com­po­nent and then as­sem­bles it. In­stead, we de­sign and print the en­tire part all at once – in­ter­nal work­ing com­po­nents and all.”

The in­sti­tute’s printer op­er­ates at room tem­per­a­ture us­ing high-strength, high tem­per­a­ture liq­uid resins.

Dr Roodt says in less than 24 hours he can take a cus­tomer’s pro­to­type draw­ing, trans­late it into a com­puter model, print it and deliver it.

Stain­less De­sign, a win­ner of the Stafford En­gi­neer­ing Man­u­fac­tur­ing Ex­cel­lence award, used the in­sti­tute’s printer to de­velop a com­po­nent for a home brew­ing kit.

Com­pany di­rec­tor, John Cook, says ac­cess to the printer “rev­o­lu­tionised” the com­pany’s pre­vi­ous de­sign pro­cesses. It also saved the com­pany thou­sands of dol­lars and up to six weeks’ man­u­fac­tur­ing time.

“There was one part of the ma­chine where we hadn’t com­pletely re­solved the fi­nal de­sign with our client,” says Cook. “Work­ing with Win­tec, we were able to cre­ate a 3D model to send to the cus­tomer and get their fi­nal ap­proval.”

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Dr Henk Roodt with 3D Sys­tems’ Pro­jet 6000MP printer. Photo / sup­plied

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