The Opera House in Zurich is the largest cultural institution in Switzerland and uses 3D printers from German RepRap for its props and mold making
The field of application of additive manufacturing technology is manifold – in the case of the Zurich opera house the technology is used especially for the production of props and for mold making.
German RepRap Adds New Fiberglass- and Carbon-Reinforced Nylon 3D Filaments from DuPont to Its Portfolio
German RepRap simultaneously presents two new high-performance nylon (polyamide) 3D filaments: carbon-reinforced Zytel® 3D10C20FL BK544 1.75mm and fiberglass-reinforced Zytel® 3D12G30FL BK309 1.75mm by DuPont. DuPont and German RepRap have been partners for several years and are closely collaborating to commercialize advanced process technology as well as new materials and to create new production methods for a variety of industries.
Airbus Helicopter’s Deutschland GmbH wanted to outfit their helicopters with observation cameras allowing for possible future applications for the police or army to aid in following movements on the ground. Historically, this process would require a part to be cut from aluminum and a “trial and error” period that would increase both cost and overall time required. However, using the x400 3D Printer from German RepRap, several prototypes were printed for testing which cut both cost and manufacturing time.
The decision to change from a laser-sinter process to the fused-filament fabrication (FFF) was not only driven by the cost savings. “The parts are a lot more rigid than the laser-sintered models”, says Thomas Pazulla, “The model contains hooks which often broke off in the past.”
Popp Group designs prototypes used for medical equipment. Their prototype development has become much more efficient due to their purchase of a German RepRap x400 3D printer.
Distillery equipment manufacturer Carl GmbH is using an x400 3D printer to reduce their manufacturing costs. Carl GmbH has been manufacturing equipment for artisan stills, distilling and brewing for over 140 years. The Swabian company delivers and installs factories all over the world. When they received an order from an Irish whisky distillery, they broke new ground and used cast copper.
Production using additive manufacturing in the aerospace industry brings many advantages. Airbus Helicopters use their German RepRap x400 3D printer in the development field to ensure deadlines, cost and quality goals. In a recent case, it's about validating the design of an integral new step.
The head of research and development, Benjamin Wolf recalls, “We have been using 3D Printing and rapid prototyping for a long time now, however, the stereo lithography equipment available at the beginning was of no use to us due to the limited selection of materials- we wanted to print with a material that would match the final product as closely as possible.”
The Popp Group, based in Forchheim, Germany produced 3D printed door hinges to help a customer in the medical technology sector reduce manufacturing costs for medical cabinets as part of a cost-down procedure. “Our aim was to reduce production costs by producing an adjustable hinge for which many identical parts can be used,” explains Holger Reid, technical product designer...
The Lindner Group, a family business based in Bavaria, Germany, is one of Europe’s leading specialists in the field of interior design, façade and insulation technology. The company has approximately 6,000 employees, and over the years there have been several subjects of interest related to 3D printing and frequently prototypes are made.
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