3D Print Shop is a rapid prototyping and manufacturing services bureau. We specialize in providing customers with a single source for custom manufactured parts. Using our vast array of materials and technologies, our highly qualified engineers will provide expert consultation on which materials and solutions best fit budgets, time constraints and manufacturing needs.
Can Advanced Manufacturing (AM) be a substitute for traditional manufacturing and is this where the manufacturing industry is headed? We will reference some of the projects we collaborate on to show where AM is of value and where it helps businesses survive or even thrive.
We were approached by Gilbert-McEachern Electric, who specialize in motor installation and repair to compete with an offshore manufacturer on a part replacement. The part they brought us was half of a broken impeller with many blades damaged from impact upon failure.
The customer imported the impeller at a cost of $590 + shipping from Germany. The lead time was 3-4 weeks.
The project was daunting, it combined accurate metrology with CAD design and 3D printing to produce the part which is now installed and turning at 3500 RPM with no detectable cavitation.
Using 3D Scanning we were able to obtain accurate measurements and a partial model representation. Using SOLIDWORKS software we designed the full part. After confirming the measurements we rendered a printable file and began producing the part on a Stratasys Fortus 250mc in a Black ABSPlus material.
In less than a week we took a part that was completely destroyed and irreparable, planned the replacement, verified it with software and printed it with industry leading equipment. At the end of the project we could compete with the price to ship a replacement from the manufacturer overseas.
Advanced Manufacturing solved our clients’ problem by addressing lead time, part-price, supply chain and long-term replacement strategy.
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