Saving over $17,500 per year and enhancing manufacturing efficiency
The Ultimaker S5 offered the best value, with the size and materials we needed to print all the parts. It added new capability to other machines that we had purchased last year, with lower costs for low-volume parts and improved manufacturing efficiency.
- Kathryn Jones, IMI Graduate Engineer
Challenge and solution
IMI Precision Engineering relied on a manual machining processes that was costly and didn’t provide enough design freedom. Each year, they spent thousands of dollars machining parts while wasting valuable production time with another 3D printer that lacked essential features. They also needed a better way to control the weight of their products and further improve their efficiency.
After researching over 130 machined parts and selecting 18 of them for a 3D printing trial, IMI Graduate Engineer Kathryn Jones narrowed down her search for a desktop 3D printer to Ultimaker and Formlabs. The Ultimaker S5 offered the best value and time savings against another brand of 3D printer, saving thousands of dollars in production costs and providing a return on investment in four months.
The IMI Precision Engineering team saw quick ROI on the Ultimaker S5 while experiencing valuable money and time savings.