Reducing raw materials costs by 90% and saving thousands on design
3D printing on Ultimaker mitigates risk, and opens the door to creating working concepts on extremely low investment. Long gone are the days of spending thousands of dollars running multiple prototypes through traditional CNC machining methods. When we take a design to the machine shop, we know before we start that it’s a fully functional design meeting our standards.
- Greg Hatcher, Owner of MNNTHBX
Challenge and solution
MNNTHBX previously outsourced prototype production of small bore motorcycle parts to CNC mills, which was a costly and time-consuming solution to their product needs. This process cost the team anywhere from $1,500 to $2,500 per part, and required a week of production time before they were able to see a finished prototype. MNNTHBX needed a faster, more cost-efficient option for the design process—one that would allow them to secure prototypes directly onto motorcycles for tolerance and fitment testing.
After purchasing an Ultimaker 2+ in April of 2016, Greg saw an immediate return on investment. There was a measurable 90% savings on raw material costs as they switched from aluminum to PLA filament for their 3D printed parts. Additionally, prototype production time decreased from one week at the CNC mill to 12 hours on average per part. Greg estimates that they now spend approximately $200 prototyping on their Ultimaker 2+ printer; and average of $1,800 savings for each new design.
With parts prototyped on Ultimaker, they experienced immediate ROI and have continuous cost savings.