Polaris Industries, a U.S. producer of powersport automobiles, is utilizing Stratasys 3D printing expertise to optimize meeting tooling.
By means of Advancedtek, a Minnesota-based reseller of 3D printers, Polaris has built-in the Stratasys F370, from the F123 collection, to create customized elements, decreasing each time and prices regarding manufacturing.
“As an alternative of ready anyplace between Eight-12 weeks, we’re in a position to get designs inside 24 hours,” defined Jenika Bishop, a Senior Undertaking Engineer at Polaris.
“[3D printing] lets you could have extra iterations on the design course of upfront so that you’ve larger confidence while you go to kick off your ultimate instruments for manufacturing.”
3D printed tooling for powersport automobiles
As one of many first Stratasys resellers, Advancedtek has supported quite a lot of producers eager to leverage manufacturing. Matt Havekost, VP of gross sales at Advancedtek has been intently concerned with the set up of lots of of Stratasys 3D printers and has labored with Polaris for 7 years.
In 2014, Polaris used Stratasys’ FDM 3D printing expertise to revive the basic bike model, Indian Bikes, which the corporate bought. Polaris has used supplies corresponding to TPU to develop a rear fender tip locator, a guard for the wheels of a motorbike historically created from leather-based and vacuum shaped elements.
As well as, the corporate has used 3D printing to develop an inside cup holder for its snowmobiles. Additive manufacturing allowed for sooner integration of this characteristic within the automobile. Dan Wiatroski, Manufacturing Engineer at Indian Bikes, added:
“We set up quite a lot of complicated elements – badging, headdresses, issues of that nature to our bikes. Being able to 3D print that complicated geometry shortly and in quite a lot of supplies provides us quite a lot of flexibility.”
A 3D printed rear fender tip locator being positioned on a motorbike. Photograph by way of Polaris.
Optimizing tooling with Stratasys
Earlier this yr, the Stratasys F170 and Fortus 450mc, have been built-in into the operations of Tamworth-based tooling producer Brown & Holmes from the UK reseller SYS Techniques. These 3D printers are getting used to change elements inside its manufacturing options and fixtures in supplies corresponding to Nylon 12 Carbon Fiber.
Latécoère, a French aerospace producer, has additionally beforehand used the Fortus 450mc to create a 3D printed digicam case prototype in addition to a part for the inside lining of an plane door. Because of this, the lead time for these elements was decreased by 95% and a 40% lower in tooling prices was reported.
Moreover, with the current addition of the F120 3D printer to the F123 collection of 3D printers, Stratasys goals to enhance characteristic copy, sturdiness, and floor high quality for practical industrial-grade elements.
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Featured picture exhibits a 3D printed rear fender tip locator being positioned on a motorbike. Photograph by way of Polaris.
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