3D Printing vs Traditional Tooling
For a cost-effective alternative to traditional tooling methods, 3D printing can offer a fast turn around for customers wanting to build low-volume, high quality end use parts.
For Laser Lines customer, The Peak Group, FDM 3D printing offered not only substantial time savings that would speed up their time to market – up to 88 percent faster than traditional tooling methods – but also the technology allowed for more innovative design.
After investing in a Stratasys Fortus 360, The Peak Group’s design team found they were able to design for function rather than form, allowing them to design and manufacture what were once considered ‘impossible parts.’
3D printing has opened up a whole new ball park in the way we design. Whereas before we assembled six or seven components to make a part, now we print it as one piece. I can design for function rather than form. It has made us rethink the way we design.David Cowan, The Peak Group Director of Electro Mechanical Design
Laser Lines, which has the largest selection of Stratasys machines in the UK, helped them evaluate which 3d printer was best suited to their needs and suggested a Stratasys Fortus 360.
The sample parts we received from Laser Lines were unbelievably robust, flat and accurate. It cemented our belief that this was the right technology for us. Since we received our Fortus 360 it has been running non-stop. When some parts can take five man-hours to make, we just print them overnight. This means we have been able to increase productivity and throughput with the same amount of employees.
Find out which materials are used to 3D print shop floor ready parts in the The Peak Group case study.