Stratasys 3D Printing Allows Automotive Manufacturer to Reduce Assembly Tool Production Costs …

November 18, 2015

Opel uses Stratasys 3D printed manufacturing tools to attach production parts to its renowned ‘Adam’ car – including roof spoilers, glass roofs and the iconic lettering on the rear windows

Using its fleet of Stratasys FDM 3D Printers, the car manufacturer can 3D print assembly tools in less than 24 hours ready for use on the production line

MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, today announced that automotive giant, Opel, is slashing manufacturing tool production costs by up to 90% using its Stratasys 3D Printers, as well as 3D printing assembly tools in less than 24 hours.

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Among the assembly tools 3D printed by Opel with its Stratasys FDM 3D Printers are those used to pos ...

Among the assembly tools 3D printed by Opel with its Stratasys FDM 3D Printers are those used to position the roof onto vehicles. Photo: Stratasys

Opel was the third-largest passenger car brand in the European Union in 2014, and together with Vauxhall, sold more than a million cars. With efficient production crucial to its success, Opel’s International Technical Development Center is 3D printing a range of manufacturing and assembly tools to advance the production of its iconic ‘Adam’ hatchback car. These assembly tools are used to precisely attach different components to the car, such as the rocker molding and roof spoilers, align the iconic ‘Adam’ lettering on the rear-side window, as well as assemble the glass and retractable roofs.

“Besides the cut in tool production time and considerable cost reductions, customized tools are a third important benefit achieved with 3D printing. We are now able to produce more complex shapes than we could via conventional manufacturing. This crucially allows us to adapt the tool to the worker and the specific car,” says Sascha Holl, Virtual Simulation Engineer – Tool Design at Opel.

Since 3D printing its manufacturing tools, the company involves its assembly-line workers in the design process to improve efficiency. This allows operators to evaluate concepts, using their experience to highlight any potential issues before committing to the production of the final assembly tool for each specific car component. With Stratasys 3D printing, any required design iterations to the Opel manufacturing tools are easily accommodated in a matter of hours, eliminating costly iterations further along the production process.

“Cases like Opel emphasize the massive impact that low risk, high-reward 3D printed parts – such as manufacturing tools – can have on production efficiency,” says Andy Middleton, President, Stratasys, EMEA. “The capability to produce such items on-demand at a reduced costs can significantly accelerate time-to-production and give businesses that competitive edge. Combine that with the ability to customize tools efficiently, as well as create complex geometries, and you can see why Opel is indicative of the way in which additive manufacturing is transforming our customer’s production operations.”

To learn more about how Opel is using Stratasys 3D printed manufacturing tools to enhance the production line, watch this video.

For more than 25 years, Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS) has been a defining force and dominant player in 3D printing and additive manufacturing – shaping the way things are made. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, the company empowers customers across a broad range of vertical markets by enabling new paradigms for design and manufacturing. The company’s solutions provide customers with unmatched design freedom and manufacturing flexibility – reducing time-to-market and lowering development costs, while improving designs and communications. Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot and Solidscape and the Stratasys ecosystem includes 3D printers producing prototypes and parts; a wide range of 3D printing materials; parts on-demand via Stratasys Direct Manufacturing; strategic consulting and professional services; and Thingiverse/GrabCAD communities with 5+ million free design components, printable files. With 3,000 employees and 800 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents, Stratasys has received more than 30 technology and leadership awards. Visit us online at: www.stratasys.com or http://blog.stratasys.com.

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3D Printer Manufacturer EnvisionTEC® to Unveil the First Paste-based DLP 3D Printer

DEARBORN, Mich., May 29, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — EnvisionTEC, the originator of the first DLP based 3D printer, the Perfactory®, is proud to announce another first from its innovative engineering team. The Perfactory® WaxEra™, the first DLP printer that can print light curable paste as an alternative to liquid based polymers will be unveiled today at the JCK show, the largest jewelry show in North America. The first material the WaxEra™ will run is E-Wax, a new wax paste with a photosensitive polymer binder designed for jewelry investment casting. The quality and resolution of the parts 3D printed using E-Wax paste rivals those that have been 3D printed using liquid photopolymer materials on the EnvisionTEC Perfactory® equipment.

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“We are proud to deliver the very first Digital Light Projection technology based 3D printer that can print with a paste material, opening up the possibility to 3D print using highly filled materials. These new highly filled paste materials will allow EnvisionTEC to penetrate new markets, and deliver 3D printing solutions not previously available in the 3D printing space. Whether you want a highly filled ceramic part for high temperature resistance or a highly filled wax part for direct investment casting, the WaxEra™ brings 3D printing into a new ERA by delivering innovative 3D printing solutions to an expanding selection of new markets,” said AL SIBLANI, CEO of EnvisionTEC.

About EnvisionTEC

EnvisionTEC is a leading global provider of professional grade 3D printing solutions for the rapid manufacture of customized products utilizing its proprietary consumables across a variety of end markets. Since its first patent submission in 1999, EnvisionTEC has developed and released solutions for desktop applications up to large scale enterprises and manufacturers. EnvisionTEC’s platform provides organizations of any size the capability to rapidly manufacture true to life and functional duplications of any CAD rendering. With nearly 20 U.S. and 95 foreign patents, EnvisionTEC works with a strong customer and partner base in jewelry, automotive, dental, medical, sporting goods, aerospace and consumer packaged goods. Please visit www.envisiontec.com for further details.

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BAAM 3D Printer Manufacturer, Cincinnati Inc., Names Carey Chen new CEO

cin3Last month, Local Motors 3D printed the first car, the Strati, within a 44 hour time frame. In doing so, they received a tremendous amount of publicity, and rightfully so. The vehicle was printed with a carbon fiber/ABS thermoplastic composite, using a machine which is not much different from a typical desktop 3D printer, besides the fact that it’s enormous, and a heck of a lot faster.

Carey Chen

Carey Chen

Although Local Motors took the spotlight at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, where the actual printing took place, the technology behind the this amazing 3D printed vehicle was provided by a company called Cincinnati Inc., who worked alongside the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Cincinnati Inc. provided the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine which fabricated the Strati, laying down as much as 40 pounds of the composite material each hour.

Andrew Jamison, the man who has led Cincinnati Inc. as CEO for this amazing project and numerous others, has decided to retire, leaving an eventual opening at the CEO position for the company. Today Cincinnati Inc. announced that they have selected a replacement for Jamison, and that replacement is a man named Carey Chen. Chen, who will join the company in early January of next year, will also have a seat on the board of directors.

“After a comprehensive search process, the board is pleased to have found the best individual to assume leadership of our company,” said Christina March, chair of the Cincinnati Inc. board of directors. “Carey has a strong track record and is uniquely qualified to lead Cincinnati Incorporated into the future.”

cin2Chen, who is coming from Hypertherm Inc. after serving as both their chief financial officer, and general manager of light industrial businesses, began his career working for AlliedSignal, later renamed Honeywell. He has an applied mathematics degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, an M.B.A from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and is currently on the board of directors of J.P Nizzen Co.

It will be interesting to see what role Chen takes, if any, in the company’s continued development of the BAAM platform, a technology which current CEO Jamison was extremely proud of.

Let’s hear your thoughts on this recent executive announcement. Will Chen’s appointment affect the company’s work on the BAAM platform? Discuss this story in the Cincinnati Inc. forum thread on 3DPB.com.

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