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Customer Case Study: Bolt Release

Metal 3D Printing Customer Case Study Video

Customer Case Study: Bolt Release

Posted by 3DEO on Jan 8, 2019 10:02:00 AM

 

 

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Quick Summary

The complex component required multiple setups on a three-axis CNC machine, which was labor intensive and expensive. 3DEO lowered the cost so much that the customer would upgrade to 17-4PH, a premium stainless steel, for improved part performance at a significantly lower price point. 

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Challenge

The small but very complex part was labor intensive for suppliers. The high cost drove the decision to select a lower grade steel. The customer needed to lower cost while simultaneously upgrading the stainless steel. Would it be possible to lower cost while also upgrading material?

Solution

Instead of using CNC machining with multiple setups, 3D printing is able to manufacture the entire part in one step with no labor. This process lowered the cost of the part to the point that the customer was able to select a premium material, 17-4PH. They then black nitride the parts for hardness & corrosion resistance. 

3DEO Outperformed Machined Components 

$36,000 Annual Cost Savings

Metal 3D printing is able to make the same part in one print vs. multiple CNC setups. 

Better Component Performance

Functional testing revealed 3DEO's parts outperformed CNC machining.

On Demand, Volume Production

3DEO makes parts on demand, reducing inventory and streamlining supply chain.

Upgraded to Premium Steel 

Changing from 303 to 17-4PH material vastly improved performance. 

About 3DEO

Based in Los Angeles, 3DEO is a production manufacturer of small and complex metal parts for customers of a variety of industries. The patented metal 3D printing technology is directly competitive with traditional manufacturing in terms of part pricing, material properties, and quantities. 3DEO's part properties exceed the high industry benchmark MPIF Standard 35 while achieving tight tolerances (+/- 0.002") and superior surface finish (100Ra). 

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