3D printing is highly suitable for manufacturing products that are tailored to customer specifications.
Our customer ideas2cycles uses fittings printed by AM Finland in manufacturing customised bicycles. The 3D printing technique makes it possible to optimise the bicycle for its usage conditions and to match the customer’s personal preferences. In addition to customisation, bicycle manufacture can be facilitated by designing the piece in view of the assembly.
"Compared to traditional manufacturing methods, 3D printing provides the designer with more freedom to realise new ideas. The only limits are those set by your imagination."
Kim Antin, ideas2cycles
Metal 3D printing enabled cost-effective manufacturing of a new measuring instrument
The key components of an optical measuring instrument manufactured by Macutec for research purposes were produced by means of 3D printing using AM Finland’s equipment.
The properties of the instrument, manufactured as a single piece, were successfully optimised for VTT’s demanding gasification environment. The principal design of the component allows it to serve as a frame, optical channel, and nozzle structure for shielding gas. The structure also equalises the thermal loads imposed on the measuring instrument, located in an 800 °C high-temperature environment.
"It would not have been possible to combine these properties as cost-effectively with other manufacturing methods."
Matti Kumpulainen, Macutec
We seek to realise even the most creative ideas our customers come up with
Our customer Lauri Eno, from Hieno Jewel, sent us a 3D model of a ring he had designed. We manufactured a blank from stainless steel for him, to be further worked on and thereby form a finished product.
"This idea and product could not have been realised without 3D printing."
Lauri Eno, Hieno Jewel
The product can also be manufactured on the basis of a concrete model
The Plastics division of Salpaus Further Education needed an injection-moulding mould insert bearing their new logo.
The customer provided us with the old insert, on the basis of which a 3D model was created.
That model was further processed so as to make the product more lightweight yet durable.
This provided savings on both material and manufacturing costs.
The mould is used in the manufacture of plastic keychains for Salpaus Further Education’s marketing purposes.