Challenge and solution

Challenge

Challenge

Engineers and staff at Honeybee Robotics are looking for quick, low-cost fabrication solutions in their office to support the multiple rounds of iteration for the early stages of their designs -- while they are still validating concepts and establishing project parameters.

Solution

Solution

Ready access to Ultimaker professional desktop 3D printers onsite boosts productivity for new mechanical design projects. Engineers and designers are able to quickly and inexpensively produce functioning mechanical studies from the earliest stages of a project’s development.

Results

New mechanisms explored

New mechanisms explored

Test robotic systems ideas before the project constraints are fully known — this helps engineers and designers to learn quickly what does and doesn’t work. With this process in place, teams can iterate freely without straining the budget.

3D printing functional prototypes
Design improvements shared

Design improvements shared

Not every client and project stakeholder question can be satisfied by a technical drawing and an updated project brief—giving your collaborators a physical mockup to hold, interact with, and inspect offers a far richer and deeper understanding of a subject.

3D printing visualization aids
Concept models fabricated

Concept models fabricated

Unlike traditional model building, desktop 3D printing allows engineers to tweak scale at the point of fabrication: miniaturizing large assemblies to present an overall target, or enlarging a single critical feature for the purpose of discussion and investigation.

3d printing concept models
Product planning simplified

Product planning simplified

When designing equipment that is destined to travel hundreds of thousands of miles to perform to operations on the surface of another planet, it is worth exploring every possible scenario and iteration for your design here on Earth first.

3D printing for aerospace

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Cost-efficient, functional prototypes for small bore motorcycle parts
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Cost-efficient, functional prototypes for small bore motorcycle parts

With Ultimaker, MNNTHBX found a more efficient way to design and produce prototyped parts in the small bore motorcycling industry. By switching from traditional methods of manufacturing to 3D printing, the team replaced dozens of hours at the CNC mill and saw a 90% reduction in raw material cost.

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Maximizing production efficiency with 3D printed tools, jigs, and fixtures
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Maximizing production efficiency with 3D printed tools, jigs, and fixtures

By using 3D printed tools, jigs, and fixtures, Volkswagen Autoeuropa reduces cycle time operation, labor, and the need for reworking, while improving tool ergonomics. Furthermore, they achieve this at a tenth of the usual cost. The company estimates that they saved €325,000 in 2017 alone.

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Architectural model-making transformed by affordable 3D printing
15-10-2018

Architectural model-making transformed by affordable 3D printing

Make is an award-winning London practice. Its Ultimaker 3D printers support the studio's democratic design culture, enabling model-makers and designers to print thousands of models each year. The staff find 3D printing so easy to use that it is embedded into each project’s workflow – from conceptual design to client presentation.

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Ultimaker 3D printers

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Ultimaker’s range of reliable desktop 3D printers offers greater design freedom, with more efficiency and lower costs.

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Ultimaker 3D printing materials

3D printing materials

Ultimaker materials have been developed to deliver high-quality, consistent results, and include Nylon, ABS, CPE, PVA and more.

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Ultimaker Cura 3D printing software

Ultimaker Cura software

With a range of carefully tested pre-configured profiles, Ultimaker Cura ensures a smooth, straightforward 3D printing experience.

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