MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, Israel–Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), a global leader in applied additive technology solutions, today announced that specialist automotive service bureau, Skorpion Engineering, is producing complex automotive prototypes 50% faster than would be achievable through traditional methods.
With offices in Milan and Turin, Italy, the company deploys its arsenal of six Stratasys 3D printers to fulfil a vast gamut of both exterior and interior automotive prototypes – from door handles to full-size seat frames. More specifically, using its FDM 3D printers, Skorpion Engineering can respond to customer requests within 24-hours while its PolyJet 3D printers are driving greater part complexity and precision compared to traditional prototypes.
High-Performance Automotive Components Produced 50% Faster
According to Italo Moriggi, General Manager, Skorpion Engineering, the company witnessed a surge in business as customer requirements shifted from rudimentary clay models to high-performance prototypes, with shorter deadlines.
This is exemplified by a recent project which saw the company produce a full-sized car bumper. Utilizing the large build tray of its Fortus 900mc Production 3D Printer, Skorpion Engineering produced the part 50% faster compared to the time it would have taken to make the bumper from clay. Moriggi explains: “In the context of the end-to-end manufacturing workflow, the level of time-saving enjoyed with 3D printing isn’t merely improvement or progression – it’s transformational. In fact, with 3D printing we can send prototypes to our customers the very next day.”
According to Moriggi, beyond the incredible time-savings, the ability to replace heavy clay prototypes with lightweight yet robust FDM materials, is integral to providing customers with improved part aerodynamics while offering the same mechanical characteristics as the final component.
“Crucially, this ability to produce fully-functional parts with improved performance allows our customers to undergo aesthetic and functionality verification significantly faster. This directly enhances their overall production cycle and helps accelerate their time-to-market,” he adds.
Customized, Precise Prototypes
When it comes to customized, precise prototypes, the company calls upon its haul of PolyJet 3D printers. A recent project saw the company deploy its Objet350 Connex3 3D Printer to simultaneously combine varying textures of rigid and soft material to produce a highly-accurate vehicle dashboard in one print.
“The ability to combine contrasting material characteristics permits us to optimize parts and indicate how our customers can save both time and capital by overcoming engineering challenges early in the design phase. In terms of the dashboard, we could deliver this to our customer 50% faster compared to traditional methods,” explains Moriggi.
“As we continue to push the prototyping capabilities of our 3D printers, we are discovering the wider manufacturing potential they possess,” he adds. “In fact, our goal is to utilize additive manufacturing to realize the production of a fully-functional concept car within the next five years.”
Zehavit Reisin, Vice President, Materials Business Unit, Stratasys concludes, “Skorpion Engineering is the perfect example of how a number of future-ready companies are not merely exploring the use of our complete 3D printing solutions to solve traditional prototyping challenges but are discovering the unparalleled capabilities for the manufacture of final parts. This demonstrates how Stratasys applies purposeful innovation to customers’ goals and aspirations.”
Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS) is a global leader in applied additive technology solutions for industries including Aerospace, Automotive, Healthcare, Consumer Products and Education. For nearly 30 years, a deep and ongoing focus on customers’ business requirements has fueled purposeful innovations—1,200 granted and pending additive technology patents to date—that create new value across product lifecycle processes, from design prototypes to manufacturing tools and final production parts. The Stratasys 3D printing ecosystem of solutions and expertise—advanced materials; software with voxel level control; precise, repeatable and reliable FDM and PolyJet 3D printers; application-based expert services; on-demand parts and industry-defining partnerships—works to ensure seamless integration into each customer’s evolving workflow. Fulfilling the real-world potential of additive, Stratasys delivers breakthrough industry-specific applications that accelerate business processes, optimize value chains and drive business performance improvements for thousands of future-ready leaders around the world.
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