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Azoth

Promozione della trasformazione dell'inventario fisico in inventario digitale con la produzione additiva

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Azoth ha creato una nuova azienda che aiuta i clienti a disporre in tempo delle parti della macchina risparmiando al contempo migliaia di dollari.

Quando gli ingegneri si entusiasmano riguardo la fabbricazione additiva, può essere interessante. Infatti, alla presenza di Cody Cochran, responsabile generale di Azoth e di Ronnie Sherrer, capo del reparto di ingegneria dei polimeri di Azoth, non si può essere che dei fan. La loro competenza e l'approccio energico sono riusciti a fornire nuove proposte di valore ai loro clienti produttori tramite l'applicazione intelligente della fabbricazione additiva e dei dati 3D per le parti di uso finale.

La fabbricazione additiva e i materiali di recente sono migliorati al punto che molte parti di uso finale possono essere prodotte senza i costi degli utensili e a un costo inferiore rispetto ai metodi tradizionali. Secondo Cochran, si tratta solo di identificare negli inventari dei clienti, le parti che soddisfano le specifiche e di avere un business case chiaro. Quindi, queste vengono trasferite in un inventario digitale per la produzione immediata, on-demand delle parti.

"Non tutte le parti sono ideali per la tecnologia additiva", afferma Cochran. "Noi analizziamo e troviamo i punti in cui sono presenti delle complessità nella catena di fornitura, il sovraccarico dell'inventario, dove spesso le parti si guastano" e creiamo un business case per ognuna".

Azoth è stata formata da EWIE Group of Companies (EGC) per portare i vantaggi della fabbricazione additiva alla sua base clienti. EGC incentra l'attenzione sul rispetto delle esigenze di fabbricazione indiretta della sua base clienti Fortune 500 in 12 paesi, con clienti come John Deere, GM, e Ford. Azoth inoltre focalizza l'attenzione su tali esigenze indirette applicando la fabbricazione additiva alle parti delle macchine.

Una parte stampata in 3D da Azoth
Azoth ha ottenuto riduzioni dei costi delle parti significative per i clienti, inventario ridotto e fornitura delle parti semplificata

L'approccio di Azoth

Con l'inizio del coinvolgimento del cliente, il team di Azoth adotta un approccio metodico, esaminandone gli inventari e identificando all'inizio le parti delle macchine che sono in eccesso per via di quantità di ordini minimi o che spesso sono esaurite a causa dei lunghi tempi di consegna della produzione (da cinque a 10 settimane o più). Il team quindi prosegue con l'identificazione delle parti con un tasso di errore elevato o che necessitano di una parziale riprogettazione per maggiore efficienza. Tutte queste parti stanno sprecando il denaro dei loro clienti, il tempo e stanno causando inutile complessità nella catena di fornitura.

Il team Azoth è dotato di scanner e software 3D in modo da poter eseguire il reverse engineering delle parti senza dati CAD, se necessario, per migliorare il tempo medio tra due guasti (MTBF). Viene applicata l'analisi dei materiali, nonché una conoscenza delle tolleranze in gioco. La parte asa viene convalidata e viene consegnata un'analisi dei costi, inclusi post-elaborazione, materiale, tempi di realizzazione e dimensioni delle parti.

Anche la selezione della stampante 3D e dei materiali appartiene a questa equazione. Azoth usa sia la fabbricazione additiva in metallo che in plastica e fa affidamento in particolare sulle sue stampanti 3D Ultimaker in questo processo. I sistemi Ultimaker utilizzano la tecnologia di fabbricazione a fusione di filamento (FFF) e sono sufficientemente compatti da poter stare su una scrivania, ma in grado di fornire dimensioni di costruzione generose: la S3 offre una dimensione di costruzione fino a 230 x 190 x 200 mm e la S5 è in grado di costruire fino a 330 x 240 x 300 mm, entrambe con estrusione doppia del materiale e spessore degli strati fino a 20 micron.

"I materiali e le stampanti di Ultimaker sono fondamentali in questo processo, sostiene Cochran. “Il costo basso dell'operazione, i materiali di qualità elevata, hanno reso possibile il nostro successo, fornendo riduzioni dei costi significative per i nostri clienti".

Il team inoltre guarda alle parti in metallo per vedere se sia possibile produrle in maniera più efficiente in plastica pur mantenendo tolleranze e prestazioni.

"I materiali Ultimaker sono meno costosi e spesso offrono prestazioni superiori rispetto alla plastica tradizionale e persino ad alcuni metalli", ha raccontato Cochran. "Con alcune delle pinze di presa che sono state lavorate in origine dal metallo, abbiamo portato il costo da $350 a $75 per parte mediante la reingegnerizzazione per la produzione additiva in plastica. E le prestazioni sono rimaste invariate".

Pinze di presa stampate in 3D
Pinze di presa in alluminio convertite in pinze di presa in polimero stampate in 3D, progettate con l'aggiunta di perni di centraggio induriti

I tipi di parti analizzati dal team Azoth includono maschere e staffaggi, pinze da presa, ugelli soffiatori, maniglie per le pinze e molto altro. Essi cercano parti che si avvarranno della possibilità di essere fabbricati in maniera additiva e senza attrezzi, configurazione degli strumenti oppure quantità di ordine minimo è possibile risparmiare quantità in credibili di tempo e costo.

"La persona media non troverebbe queste parti sensuali in alcun modo", ha affermato Cochran, "ma si tratta di parti che consentono alla produzione di continuare. Lavoriamo per eliminare tempi di inattività nelle officine del cliente, ridurre la complessità, diminuire i costi e ridurre l'inventario fisico. E ci siamo riusciti!"

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Azoth ha aumentato le prestazioni grazie alla progettazione di un ugello che colpisce la parte esattamente dove dovrebbe. In precedenza questo componente non poteva essere prodotto

Take One, Make One

Once the customer’s digital inventory is in play, Azoth uses a model it calls “Take One, Make One.” This is a direct form of on-demand production where as soon as a replacement part is taken, a new part is made. Azoth operates this through synchronization with parts vending machines and ERP/MRP systems that send an order to Azoth’s competency center. The new part is typically built and shipped within 24 hours.

"The vending machine implementation can generate instant work orders,” said Sheerer. “This means that the customer maintains a limited inventory driven by actual usage and not based on random requirements, such as minimum order requirements. This saves money and increases efficiency for the manufacturer.”

Dynamism, a provider of 3D printing solutions, materials, and consulting expertise located in Chicago, Illinois, was a key collaborator in the company’s TOMO initiative. The Azoth team was introduced to the Ultimaker platforms by Dynamism, and both teams maintain a strategic relationship to push the boundaries of 3D printing.

“The continual support, expertise, and creativity from the Dynamism team allows us to meet the needs of our customers,” said Cochran. “Their help means we can always offer the best solutions, materials, and outcomes.”

Attrezzature stampate in 3D
Questa attrezzatura per automobile è stampata in 3D con inserti magnetici per la localizzazione del componente
Parti di ricambio stampati in 3D
In caso di esaurimento di un pin dell'iniettore in acciaio, è possibile stampare in 3D una parte di ricambio in polimero in due giorni

I risultati

Ogni parte prodotta da Azoth viene fornita con un business case comprovato per i clienti. A seconda della parte, il business case può essere abbastanza diverso.

"Il nostro approccio sconvolge lo status quo in modo positivo per i nostri clienti", ha affermato Sheerer. "Il trasferimento di una semplice pastiglia di usura alla tecnologia additiva con Ultimaker, ci ha consentito un risparmio di $30.000 per il cliente. È questo ciò che definiamo un business case".

Anche la capacità di creare prototipi rapidi delle parti rientra nel lavoro svolto dal team Azoth. Per alcune parti di taglio dei prototipi, in genere il cliente ricorrerebbe alla lavorazione CNC in acciaio, che richiederebbe dalle 12 alle 14 settimane. Il team Azoth disponeva di prototipi in plastica che potevano essere utilizzati per una prova diretta, accurata e che potevano essere controllati nel giro di una giornata. I risultati di Azoth parlano da soli. Stanno ottenendo una riduzione regolare dei costi dal 50 al 90%.

Crea prototipo di parte di cambio
Il tempo di consegna per questo prototipo di parte di taglio è di un giorno con la stampa 3D rispetto alle 12-14 settimane con la lavorazione CNC

"Con una sola pinza di presa, ne produciamo più o meno 30 al mese a circa la metà del costo della parte fabbricata in maniera tradizionale" racconta Cochran. "Abbiamo testato la nuova parte con nylon SLS, resina basata su SLA ma abbiamo finito con l'utilizzare il materiale PA 4035 sulle Ultimaker. Ha sostituito il Delrin, un materiale resistente, un vero cavallo di battaglia nel nostro mondo".

Il team Azoth è anche in grado di produrre parti di emergenza per aiutare a ridurre i tempi di inattività della macchina. Un esempio è stato un perno iniettore in acciaio dello strumento che si è esaurito nell'inventario. Il team ha avuto un perno di ricambio in polimero in 48 ore, laddove il ricambio in metallo 3D richiedeva un mese.

Una parte di pinza di presa stampata in 3D
Grazie alle stampanti 3D Ultimaker, in Azoth sono in grado di produrre 30 di queste pinze di presa per strumenti di fine braccio ogni mese

Insieme agli strumenti e all'esperienza, il team Azoth è anche in grado di riprogettare le parti per prestazioni migliori. Gli ugelli soffiatori con design che indirizzano con precisione il flusso dell'aria sono un grande esempio e sono facili da produrre con la fabbricazione additiva.

Il team Azoth ha dimostrato a se stesso e ai suoi clienti che la tecnologia additiva occupa un posto prezioso e importante nella catena di fornitura della produzione e sia Cochran che Sherrer sono entusiasti di continuare a guidare, innovare e aiutare i clienti ad avere più successo.

"Ogni giorno cambiamo la mentalità dei nostri clienti, in quanto forniamo business case validi sul loro inventario delle parti mediante la fabbricazione additiva", afferma Cochran. “Con le stampanti 3D e i materiali Ultimaker il costo è giusto; essi offrono una produzione che può essere scalata in modo semplice e un'affidabilità che non avremmo potuto prevedere".

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      3D printing for product development to cut costs and save time

      Hartfiel Automation is a specialized high-tech provider of pneumatics, motion, and mobile control solutions. With the addition of an Ultimaker 3D printer to their product development process, Hartfiel Automation was able to save time and money while diversifying their services with product offerings...

      • Industrial goods
      • Product development
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      Eram heels: 3D printing personalized shoes in-store

      Have you ever been shopping for shoes and found it hard to get exactly the style you want? Now, with the help of a couple of Ultimaker 3D printers, fashion retailer Eram and Unistudio design studio are giving customers the power to create their own heels.

      • Consumer goods
      • End-use parts
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      Rapid prototyping to solve 21st century problems

      Native Union used their Ultimaker 3 to rapidly prototype parts and mechanisms for their latest device designed to resolve a common 21st century issue, making messy USB charging cables a thing of the past.

      • Consumer goods
      • Product development
    • Faster, more accurate dental models

      Faster, more accurate dental models

      Using 3D printing technology, OpLab can quickly and easily create physical models of dental arches, reducing time, labor, and expenses in the process. The new approach means the team can achieve greater model accuracy, resulting in less error and a better service for their clients.

      • Medical
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      Enhancing patient care with 3D printing at Jefferson Health

      Jefferson Health, a hospital system located in Philadelphia, is at the forefront of healthcare technology, have integrated 3D printing into their Health+ Design Lab.

      • Medical
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      Empowering student innovation at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering

      The NYU Tandon School of Engineering is more than just a resource for students who want to learn about the technology of today and tomorrow. It prepares students to be motivated and self-sufficient when tackling science and engineering issues.

      • Education
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      Breaking barriers in education with 3D printing

      With a desktop 3D printer, teachers can empower their students to design, collaborate, and create amazing things they never thought possible. But what is it actually like to have a 3D printer in the classroom?

      • Education
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      Producing customized fashion solutions with Ultimaker 3D printers

      Florenradica is a design company fabricating prototypes and end-use parts for fashion houses. After discovering 3D printing, they were interested in exploring it further, as it allowed them to realize products that were not possible with CNC machines.

      • Consumer goods
      • Product development
    • Snow Business

      Snow Business: 3D printing final parts for high-value snow machines

      Snow Business is the world leader in snow and winter effects. The company uses their Ultimaker 3D printers for prototyping, functional testing, and creating final parts for their snow machines.

      • Industrial goods
      • End-use parts
    • 3D printed DIY headphones

      print+: 3D printed DIY headphones

      print+ is a product line of DIY kits that allows consumers to build and customize their own headphone. As the mechanical parts can be 3D printed locally, less material needs to be shipped - reducing costs and lowering environmental impact.

      • Consumer goods
      • End-use parts
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      Make Architects: From 3D print to award-winning building

      Learn how Make Architects have transformed their model-making and prototyping process thanks to a suite of Ultimaker desktop 3D printers.

      • Architecture
    • Iris-van-Herpen-Exhibit

      A study in innovative design at the Cincinnati Art Museum

      Dedicated to promoting inventive art-related exhibits and programs, the Cincinnati Art Museum is exploring the relationship between 3D printing and fashion by highlighting the work of designer Iris van Herpen.

      • Consumer goods
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      Functional prototyping at ABB Robotics

      3D printing gives businesses around the world the opportunity to save time and money. ABB Robotics turned to the Ultimaker 2 Extended+ for making prototype fingers for their robot YuMi, bringing new opportunities to the company.

      • Industrial goods
      • Product development
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      Faulkner Industrial: 3D printing the future of architectural design

      Thanks to a streamlined digital-to-physical pipeline and a reliable Ultimaker desktop 3D printer, Faulkner Industrial is able to deliver architectural scale models at a fraction of the cost and turnaround time compared to competitors.

      • Architecture
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      Gantri: Shedding light on unique 3D printed designs

      Prototyped and manufactured with an Ultimaker 2 Extended+ print farm, Gantri products celebrate traditional techniques bolstered by new technologies that save time and money for a passionate community of designers.

      • Consumer goods
      • Product development
    • 3D printed bottle rockets

      Teaching STEM with 3D printed bottle rockets

      There are many ways in which 3D printing can be used to enhance the students' learning experience in modern-day primary education. Discover how 3D printing can boost learning here.

      • Education
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      An innovative 3D printing venture at Atlantic University College

      With support from students knowledgeable in 3D modeling and CAD software, Professor Vicente Gasco has set out to send 3D printing-savvy graduates into the working world through courses featuring the latest technologies.

      • Education
    • Developing sustainable fuel with Team FAST

      Developing sustainable fuel with Team FAST

      Using their Ultimaker 3D printer, Team FAST was able to design and print custom mounts and fittings for their car prototype fueled with formic acid.

      • Education
    • VHP

      Changing lives in developing countries with 3D printed prosthetics

      The Victoria Hand Project creates customized prosthetic hands for amputees in third world countries – using Ultimaker 3D printers to make the process more efficient and cost-effective.

      • Medical
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      3D printed puzzle breaks down braille barriers

      For visually impaired people, learning to read braille is essential. But for many, braille learning devices are either too costly or ineffective. Now a 3D printed puzzle is making this vital skill accessible to all.

      • Education
      • End-use parts
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      3D printing and the future of personalized fashion

      For designer Jessica Joosse, the fourth industrial revolution is transforming fashion, and an Ultimaker 3D printer is the perfect tool to explore possibilities.

      • Consumer goods
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      Meet Luke and his 3D printed e-NABLE hand

      With a global network of over 5,000 volunteers, the e-NABLE foundation designs, creates, and donates their 3D printed hands free of charge to children and adults using Ultimaker 3D printers.

      • Medical
    • farmshelf

      Farmshelf: Cost-effective custom parts for an urban farm system

      By using Ultimaker 2+ 3D printers, Farmshelf was able to iterate designs and print hundreds of custom parts; far more quickly than other methods of fabrication.

      • Consumer goods
      • Product development
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      Using 3D printed shapes to create food molds

      3D printing shapes and prototypes for food-safe molds is becoming a popular 3D printer application in the food industry that allows entrepreneurs to escape the demands of industrial-sized production runs.

      • Consumer goods
      • Product development
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      3D printing custom refractory mold cores for industrial ceramics

      Discover how a Czech industrial ceramics supplier benefits from Ultimaker 3D printers to create bespoke 3D printed refractory mold cores.

      • Industrial goods
      • Manufacturing aids
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      Research on the benefits of 3D printing in a trauma hospital

      3D printing is seeing increasingly widespread adoption in the medical field. It has already been used to visualize bone fractures, but pioneering researchers believe it can also be used to help treat trauma patients.

      • Medical
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      3D printing in landscape architecture and pool design

      3D printing is changing the face of architectural design. Discover how landscape designers are transforming outdoor spaces into memorable locations that allow people to fully engage in their surroundings, while making a positive impact on the environment.

      • Architecture
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      Using Ultimaker to cast silicone for soft robotics

      Using their Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer, students from Delft University of Technology have discovered a way to cast silicone for soft robotics. This has huge implications for soft actuators, and for the medical sector. Read on to learn more.

      • Education
      • Product development
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      100% recycled filament from Perpetual Plastic Project

      At this moment there are huge amounts of waste plastic, and only 10 to 12% of it is being recycled. The team behind the Perpetual Plastic Project is looking to change the world by reducing the amount of plastic.

      • Consumer goods
      • Product development