In order to make a positive contribution to the current topic of sustainability and climate change, the Share your BICAR AG, which is located in the ZHAW, has taken on the challenge of creating a sustainable electric vehicle. Completely emission-free, the single-seater comes on three wheels and represents a suitable solution for urban mobility with weather protection and freedom from helmets.
Using the German RepRap x500 3D printer speeds up development processes for functional structural components at Sika Automotive. A wide variety of customizable solutions also offer the company new possibilities in terms of materials and designs.
Comparable to the automotive sector helicopters are equipped with a windshield wiper. Therefore a concept for a new wiper system will be created. When designing the new system you need to pay attention to functionality, manufacturing, installation and maintenance.
The decision to change from a laser-sinter process to the fused-filament fabrication (FFF) was not only driven by the cost savings. “The parts are a lot more rigid than the laser-sintered models”, says Thomas Pazulla, “The model contains hooks which often broke off in the past.”
BorgiForm, a young, innovative family business headquartered in the heart of eastern Westphalia (Germany), focuses its business literally “shaping” ideas. Dirk Kriegel, Managing Director, introduced 3D printing technology a while ago. Additive manufacturing simplifies the company’s work and isused in the development of die-cutting and bending tools as well as in automated manufacturing.
Distillery equipment manufacturer Carl GmbH is using an x400 3D printer to reduce their manufacturing costs. Carl GmbH has been manufacturing equipment for artisan stills, distilling and brewing for over 140 years. The Swabian company delivers and installs factories all over the world. When they received an order from an Irish whisky distillery, they broke new ground and used cast copper.
Production using additive manufacturing in the aerospace industry brings many advantages. Airbus Helicopters use their German RepRap x400 3D printer in the development field to ensure deadlines, cost and quality goals. In a recent case, it's about validating the design of an integral new step.