Initiating practices such as choice of tools, fine-tuning of tolerances and start-up questions are made more efficient in RIVAL’s production by using 3D technology.
Project manager Stefan Steengsgaard is the man behind the 3D printed components at RIVAL. Ever since he started working at RIVAL a year ago, he has delved into the 3D printing technology with great enthusiasm. Today, he is very familiar with the possibilities of 3D printing. because he continuously networks with other companies.
3D printed components are more tangible
“By 3D printing new components, they become more tangible for our machine operators,” Stefan says. “The operators say, it works pretty well when they’re able to see, touch and test the mini versions of the components in real life before deciding on the final production method. By doing so, we also make the work more efficient in terms of the customer’s economy.”
3D printed fixtures to the measurement machine
To ensure that we comply with the customer’s demands and tolerances, we continually measure every component on RIVAL’s Zeiss measurement machine. With great success, we use the 3D printing technology to manufacture fixing devises to the measurement machine. Furthermore, Stefan 3D prints the objects that hold the fixtures, when they are not being used. These objects do not exist on a standard shopping shelfs, but we can 3D print them as long as we can draw them on paper.
Concretising the abstract
3D printed components can concretise the abstract. “If we have, or if the customer has, an idea that is difficult to work out on a drawing, we can make a 3D print to test and see if it works and can be produced,” Stefan says. “This also applies to the very complex components, we often produce. In this matter, the production technical department at RIVAL will examine the component with the costumer or the machine operators, before the production is initiated. Thereby, we can ensure that we meet the customer’s demands.”
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