Who said that in 3D printing robustness and design cannot go together?
A very demanding sector from the point of view of mechanical properties and aesthetic finish is certainly that of the metalworking industry, and these reasons have meant that for a long time additive manufacturing was not taken into consideration as it was feared that 3D printed parts would not perform as well.
The quantum leap in technology and the disappearance of prejudices against 3D printing have enabled it to become increasingly popular even in areas previously the exclusive preserve of traditional technologies.
One company that has managed to break this taboo with more than satisfactory results is the Emilia-based Gidatech Automazione, a company that specialises in technical assistance for lifting equipment, design, marketing and production of systems for the manual handling of loads. Technological innovation for Gidatech Automazione came about, in particular, thanks to collaboration with the additive technologies of 3ntr.
The purchase and inclusion of the A4V4 3D printer in the production ecosystem enabled the company to achieve a double result: “Our requirement was to produce robust yet aesthetically pleasing components to embellish our equipment – confirms S. Buzzone Director of Gidatech – thanks to the A4V4 printer, we were able to achieve both goals. When we decided to try and introduce 3D printing into our production process more than three years ago, we did a lot of research and the reliability of 3ntr’s machinery, combined with the expertise and availability of their dealers convinced us to go for the A4V4 solution. The great ease of use of the machine and the possibility of printing and co-moulding many different materials, from ABS, pure or ABS ESD, to TPU up to PET-G, allow us a flexibility previously unthinkable”.
Flexibility, which in the innovative world of additive manufacturing often rhymes with speed: one of the factors that has enabled Gidatech Automazione to create added value. “Generally our projects are always different and being able to use a fast technology like 3D printing to produce small series is crucial for us – concludes S. Buzzone – Since the introduction of 3ntr’s A4V4 3D printer into the company, we have seen a drastic reduction in the time it takes to create components to accompany our machines, and this has also been followed by a significant reduction in costs. Parts now cost less, can be produced in less time without having to compromise on robustness and aesthetic quality. Having such industrial-quality 3D printers in house allows us the freedom to design components that embellish our machines such as covers, guards and bearings. This is a great competitive advantage for us, which has also allowed us to have an evolution in terms of in-house skills, a very interesting step indeed.”.
In short, a different and innovative look into the future for Gidatech Automazione, thanks to the Italian-made 3D printers from 3ntr!
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