3D-printwerkplaats van Azoth

Azoth

De transformatie van fysieke naar digitale voorraad stimuleren met additieve productie

  • Industriële goederen
  • Onderdelen voor eindgebruik
  • Productiehulpmiddelen

Azoth creëert nieuwe bedrijfsactiviteiten door klanten in de productiesector te helpen om hun machineonderdelen precies op tijd te produceren en zo duizenden dollars te besparen.

Als engineers enthousiast raken over additieve productie, is het onmogelijk om daar weerstand aan te bieden. In het gezelschap van Cody Cochran, algemeen manager van Azoth, en Ronnie Sherrer, hoofd polymeerengineering bij Azoth, kun je alleen maar een fan zijn. Door hun expertise en energieke aanpak zijn zij erin geslaagd om consistent nieuwe waardeproposities te leveren aan hun productieklanten via de intelligente toepassing van additieve productie en 3D-gegevens voor onderdelen voor eindgebruik.

De ontwikkeling van additieve productie en de daarbij gebruikte materialen heeft intussen het stadium bereikt dat veel onderdelen voor eindgebruik zonder tools kunnen worden geproduceerd, tegen lagere kosten dan met de traditionele methoden. Volgens Cochran draait alles om de identificatie in de voorraden van de klant van onderdelen die aan de specificaties voldoen en waarvoor een duidelijke businesscase aanwezig is. Die worden verder ontwikkeld tot een digitale voorraad voor onmiddellijke productie op aanvraag.

"Niet alle onderdelen zijn geschikt voor additieve productie", zegt Cochran. "Wij nemen alle onderdelen onder de loep en kijken of er problemen in de toevoerketen zitten, of er sprake is van een te hoge voorraad en of een onderdeel vaak stuk gaat. Als dat het geval is, creëren we een businesscase voor het onderdeel."

Azoth is opgericht door de EWIE Group of Companies (EGC) om zijn klantenbestand te informeren over de voordelen van additieve productie. EGC richt zich op het vervullen van de indirecte productiebehoeften van zijn Fortune 500-klantenbestand in 12 landen, met klanten als John Deere, GM en Ford. Azoth richt zich op diezelfde indirecte behoeften door de toepassing van additieve productie op machineonderdelen.

Een door Azoth 3D-geprint onderdeel
Azoth heeft aanzienlijke kostenbesparingen gerealiseerd voor zijn klanten, voorraden gereduceerd en dankzij deze kostenbesparingen de levering van onderdelen kunnen stroomlijnen

De Azoth-aanpak

Bij elke nieuwe klant gaat het Azoth-team heel methodisch door de voorraad heen. Om te beginnen identificeert het machineonderdelen waarvan er teveel voorraad is als gevolg van minimale bestelhoeveelheden of die juist vaak niet voorradig zijn als gevolg van lange productietijden – vijf tot tien weken of meer. Vervolgens identificeert het team onderdelen die een hoog uitvalpercentage hebben of die opnieuw moeten worden ontworpen om de efficiency te vergroten. Al deze onderdelen verspillen geld en tijd en veroorzaken onnodige complexiteit in de toeleveringsketen.

Het Azoth-team beschikt over 3D-scanners en -software, zodat onderdelen zonder CAD-gegevens kunnen worden onderworpen aan reverse-engineering en vervolgens (indien nodig) opnieuw kunnen worden ontworpen om de Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) te verbeteren. Het team analyseert het materiaal en onderzoekt de toleranties die mogelijk een rol spelen. Bij de validatie van een onderdeel hoort ook een kostenanalyse, inclusief nabewerking, materiaal, bouwtijd en onderdeelgrootte.

Het selecteren van de juiste 3D-printer en materialen is ook een essentieel onderdeel van het proces. Azoth gebruikt zowel metaal als kunststoffen als grondstof voor additieve productie en vertrouwt hierbij volledig op zijn Ultimaker 3D-printers. De Ultimaker-systemen werken met de FFF-technologie (Fused Filament Fabrication). Ze passen gemakkelijk op een bureau, maar kunnen niettemin objecten afleveren van een behoorlijke omvang: de S3 print formaten tot 230 x 190 x 200 mm en de S5 formaten tot 330 x 240 x 300 mm, beide met dubbele materiaalextrusie en laagdiktes tot slechts 20 micron dik.

"De materialen en de printers van Ultimaker zijn de sleutel tot dit proces", aldus Cochran. "De lage bedrijfskosten en de hoge kwaliteit van de materialen hebben ons succes mogelijk gemaakt: ze leverden onze klanten aanzienlijke kostenbesparingen op."

Het team onderzoekt ook of metalen onderdelen efficiënter kunnen worden geproduceerd in kunststof met behoud van toleranties en prestaties.

"De Ultimaker-materialen zijn voordeliger en presteren vaak beter dan traditionele kunststoffen en zelfs dan sommige metalen", zegt Cochran. "Van sommige grijpervingeronderdelen hebben we de kosten kunnen reduceren van $ 350 naar $ 75 per onderdeel door ze opnieuw te ontwerpen voor additieve productie in plastic in plaats van metaal. En ze bleken even goed te functioneren."

3D printed gripper fingers
Aluminium grijpervingers die zijn geconverteerd naar 3D-geprinte grijpervingers van polymeer, ontworpen met extra, geharde plugpennen

Het type onderdelen dat het Azoth-team analyseert omvat mallen en armaturen, grijpervingers, afblaasnozzles, handvatten en meer. Het team zoekt naar onderdelen die baat hebben bij additieve productie: zonder tooling, het configureren van tools en minimale orderhoeveelheden kunnen verbluffende tijds- en kostenbesparingen worden gerealiseerd.

"De meeste mensen vinden deze onderdelen niet erg spannend", zegt Cochran, "maar dit zijn wel de werkpaarden die de productie op gang houden. Wij spannen ons in om machinestilstand op de werkvloer van onze klanten te elimineren, de complexiteit en de kosten te reduceren en de fysieke voorraad in te perken. En daarmee hebben we succes gehad!"

azoth-3d-printed-blow-off-nozzle
Azoth verhoogde de prestaties door een nozzle te ontwerpen die het onderdeel precies op de juiste plek raakte – iets wat daarvoor niet kon worden geproduceerd

'Take One, Make One'

Zodra het gaat om de digitale voorraad van een klant, gebruikt Azoth een model dat ze 'Take One, Make One' noemen. Dit is een vorm van productie op aanvraag waarbij er een nieuw onderdeel wordt gemaakt zodra er een vervangend onderdeel uit de voorraad wordt gehaald. Azoth doet dit via synchronisatie door middel van onderdelenautomaten en ERP/MRP-systemen die een bestelling sturen naar het Competency Center van Azoth. Het nieuwe onderdeel wordt meestal binnen 24 uur geproduceerd en verzonden.

"Dankzij de implementatie van de onderdelenautomaat kunnen we kant-en-klare werkorders genereren", zeg Sheerer. "Dit betekent dat de klant een beperkte voorraad aanhoudt die is gebaseerd op feitelijk gebruik en niet op willekeurige vereisten, zoals minimale bestelvereisten. Dit bespaart geld en verhoogt de efficiëntie voor de fabrikant."

Dynamism, een leverancier van 3D-printoplossingen, materialen en consultancy-expertise in Chicago, Illinois, leverde een belangrijke bijdrage aan het TOMO-initiatief van het bedrijf. Het Azoth-team werd door Dynamism op de Ultimaker-platforms opmerkzaam gemaakt en beide teams onderhouden een strategische relatie om de grenzen van 3D-printen te verleggen.

"De voortdurende ondersteuning, de deskundigheid en de creativiteit van het team van Dynamism stelt ons in staat aan de behoeften van onze klanten te voldoen", zegt Cochran. "Hun hulp betekent dat we altijd de beste oplossingen, materialen en resultaten kunnen aanbieden."

3D-geprint onderdeel
Dit automotiveonderdeel wordt geprint met magnetische inzetstukken om de component automatisch te lokaliseren
3D-geprinte vervangende onderdelen
Als de voorraad stalen injectorpennen opraakt, kan een vervangend onderdeel van polymeer in twee dagen geprint worden

De resultaten

Elk onderdeel dat Azoth produceert, wordt geleverd samen met een bewezen businesscase voor de klanten. De businesscases verschillen, afhankelijk van het onderdeel.

"Onze aanpak verstoort de status quo ten voordele van onze klanten", zegt Sheerer. "Toen we voor een eenvoudig onderdeel van een slijtagekussen overstapten op additieve productie, leidde dat tot een kostenbesparing van $ 30.000 voor de klant. Dat noemen we nu een businesscase."

De mogelijkheid om snel prototypen te maken van onderdelen is ook onderdeel van het werk van het Azoth-team. Bepaalde prototypen van snijmachineonderdelen liet de klant bijvoorbeeld meestal via CNC-bewerking in staal vervaardigen. Dat duurde 12 tot 14 weken. Het Azoth-team gebruikte plastic prototypen die binnen een dag passend gemaakt en gecontroleerd konden worden. De resultaten van Azoth spreken voor zichzelf. Ze realiseren regelmatig kostenbesparingen van 50-90%.

Prototype van snijmachineonderdeel
De productiedoorlooptijd voor dit prototype van een snijmachineonderdeel is één dag bij 3D-printen, vergeleken met 12-14 weken bij CNC-bewerking

"Van één grijpervingeronderdeel produceren we er zo'n 30 per maand tegen ongeveer de helft van de kosten van traditioneel geproduceerde onderdelen", zegt Cochran. "We hebben het nieuwe onderdeel getest met SLS-nylon en op SLA gebaseerde hars, maar kwamen uiteindelijk uit bij PA 4035 op de Ultimaker-printers. Het verving Delrin, en dat staat bekend als een sterk materiaal, een echt werkpaard in onze wereld."

Het Azoth-team kan ook noodonderdelen produceren om de stilstand van machines te beperken. Een voorbeeld is de stalen injectorpen van een stuk gereedschap. Hiervan raakte de voorraad op. Het team kreeg binnen 48 uur de beschikking over een vervangend onderdeel van polymeer, terwijl productie van een 3D-geprint metalen onderdeel een week kostte.

Een 3D-geprinte grijpervinger
Azoth kan met Ultimaker 3D-printers 30 van deze grijpervingers voor end-of-arm tooling per maand maken

Met de tools en expertise kan het Azoth-team ook onderdelen opnieuw ontwerpen voor betere prestaties. Complexe afblaasnozzles met ontwerpen die nauwkeurig zijn afgestemd op de luchtstroom zijn goede voorbeelden – en ze zijn eenvoudig te produceren met additieve productie.

Het Azoth-team heeft bewezen, zowel voor zichzelf als voor zijn klanten, dat additieve productie een waardevolle en belangrijke plek heeft in de productieketen. Zowel Cochran als Sherrer willen graag voorop blijven lopen, innoveren en klanten helpen om nog succesvoller te zijn.

"We bieden onze klanten dagelijks nieuwe inzichten wanneer we geldige businesscases presenteren over hun onderdelenvoorraad op basis van additieve productie", zegt Cochran. "Ultimaker 3D-printers en -materialen maken het opschalen van de productie eenvoudig. Ze bieden een betrouwbaarheid die we niet voor mogelijk hielden tegen lagere kosten."

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    Inholland University: Building a 3D printed rocket

    Students at Inholland University of Applied Sciences use 3D printing to design and build rockets as part of their course in aviation technology. Read on and download a ready-to-use lesson plan to include 3D printing in your school's educational program.

    • Education
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    Vathorst College: Integrating 3D printing in high school education

    Creative STEM projects allow students to expand their knowledge and develop basic 3D printing skills. Read on for lesson plans that focus on both science and mathematical applications.

    • Education
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    Eventuri: Functional and fit testing of performance car intakes

    With 3D printing companies like Eventuri can be flexible in their design process, run quick iterations and perform functional and fit testing of their 3D printed car intakes in a short period of time.

    • Automotive / aviation
    • Product development
  • MATT Architecture

    MATT Architecture: Rapid model making with 3D printing

    MATT Architecture creates architectural models in central London. They use 3D printing to quickly reiterate the models they are working on, which saves a lot of time and development costs.

    • Architecture
  • 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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    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
  • Henchmen Props: 3D printed props workshop

    Henchmen Props: 3D printed props workshop

    Henchmen Props creates props and costumes for industry-leading video game companies like Blizzard and Respawn. 3D printing has allowed them to greatly reduce their production times and rapidly prototype new parts.

    • Product development
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    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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    The Ultimaker 3: Behind the scenes

    3D printers let product designers and engineers test, evaluate and improve their ideas. Even more importantly, they’re a powerful tool for various professional applications. Read on to find out how we developed the Ultimaker 3.

    • Product development
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    Bringing the Ultimaker 3 to market with bridge manufacturing

    Ultimaker 3 has proven to be a reliable solution for businesses. Learn how bridge manufacturing helps you launch products on time, with a 3D printer that's primed to deliver results.

    • Industrial goods
    • End-use parts
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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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    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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    From a market-tested prototype to an eye-saving game-changer

    oDocs Eye Care Kit has the potential to save millions from blindness. But this wouldn’t be possible without functional prototyping. And 3D printing is the most accurate, not to mention time and cost-effective, way to achieve it.

    • Medical
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    3D-powered prototyping by the Bhold Studio

    How far can you get with a dream and a 3D printer? You can think of the most sophisticated forms and textures, turn them into successful products and blaze through prototyping and production at lightning speed.

    • Consumer goods
    • Product development
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    Surgical planning using 3D printed bone models

    Professional 3D printers are now being actively used by healthcare professionals not only to educate patients about their condition, but also to plan complex surgeries – even using the models during the operation as a guide.

    • Medical
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    3D printing a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton

    To build a 13 meter long T. rex skeleton, Naturalis turned to 3D printing. Thanks to the incredible accuracy and flexibility of the Ultimaker 2+, the skeleton will be restored in even greater detail than initially anticipated.

    • 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
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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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    Saving eyesight with a 3D printed eye examination kit

    oDocs Eye Care creates open source medical equipment for eye diagnoses. Using 3D printing, they developed a cost-effective and accurate eye examination kit to help diagnose treatable and preventable blindness.

    • Medical
    • End-use parts
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    Using Ultimaker 3D printers for manufacturing at Siemens

    Learn how Siemens Rail Automation are using their Ultimaker 3D printers to assist in prototyping of new components and products, as well as manufacturing end-use parts.

    • Industrial goods
    • Product development
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    Project Seafood, creating waves of change on our shores

    Desktop 3D printing allows anyone to transform ideas into tangible products in a matter of hours. This is a story of a couple who took their Ultimaker Original out for a spin in their mini-van to make a better world.

    • Product development
  • architecture-application-3d-printing-city-model-sweco

    Architects use 3D printing to prototype huge city project

    To help bring their ideas to life Sweco architects needed a rapid prototyping tool they could rely on every day to create models with tight deadlines. So they turned to 3D printing.

    • Architecture
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    The Olsson Block - a community invention by Anders Olsson

    We're proud to say that an essential part of the Ultimaker DNA is our strong community. we’d like to highlight the work of an ingenious community member called Anders Olsson, the man who gave us the Olsson block.

    • Education
    • Product development
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    The world's fastest 3D printed R/C car

    What do you do when you want to build the world's fastest radio controlled car? Build it yourself! Read this story to find out how one man designed and created a 3D printed RC car from scratch.

    • Product development
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    3D printing in education for inspirational learning

    More and more, 3D printing is being used in education. Teachers use 3D objects to help primary school kids grasp concepts, refine students' creative skills in high school and help them learn technical subjects at university.

    • Education
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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
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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
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    3D printed and prototyped shoes by Julian Hakes

    Learn how fashion designer Julian Hakes brought his award-winning Mojito Shoe to life. With his Ultimaker 3D printer, he was able to create multiple prototypes in-house and perfect his designs.

    • Consumer goods
    • Product development