Packaging and 3D printing? A logical combination! Designers and machine manufacturers in the packaging industry integrate the 3D printing technique for manufacturing of machine parts in both plastic and metal. The technique allows the components to be optimized in for example: lead time, component weight, cost and number of parts per model. In addition to these advantages, the customized and unique design is of course an advantage. Like 'unique grippers', caps, lids, bottles, boxes and disposables. Both prototypes and end products are possible is very diverse industries. All within the applicable standards and certificates (for example the food industry).
Through the use of 3D printing, improvements are made to an early design and decisions are made faster. The error production is almost non-existent and high costs (such as a faulty mold) are saved. When a model proves to be right, the final production can be started.
Thanks to the good properties of various 3D printing materials, the technique is very suitable for use in the production of finished products. Think of the production of grippers, machine parts or the on-time delivery of spare parts, which limits machine downtime.
By manufacturing machine parts with a 3D printing technique, a design department is challenged to think ‘outside the box’. This is because they are faced with some freedom of form, low costs and a fast technique, this will in the long run ensure more efficient machines.