Tool and fixture construction with 3D printing
Rapid Tooling with the EVO-lizer. The production of special tools, devices and components is considered to be the central sticking point in the manufacturing process in many industries. Because conventional processes are often expensive, time-consuming and technically very demanding. With the EVO-lizer and special engineering plastics, EVO-tech offers you a future-oriented alternative that is already providing significant efficiency gains in numerous companies.
- Vacuum gripper
- 3D contour clamping jaws
- Measuring devices
- Measuring gauges
The experience of our customers shows: The EVO-lizer especially shows its strengths when components are complex or have to be developed from scratch:
- efficient production of individual parts or individualized small series
- Design freedom at the highest level
- longer tool life
- quick payback
- Reduction of reject rates and unit costs
- shortened production cycles
- and more...
EVO-tech accompanies your entry into additive manufacturing
However, the service from EVO-tech goes far beyond the provision of the EVO-lizer. Customers in tool and mechanical engineering benefit from our application-specific know-how as well as from application-specific modified engineering plastics. Of course, EVO-tech also accompanies companies when they enter additive manufacturing. Christoph Gruber, Head of Toolmaking and
For us, the EVO-lizer is a perfect addition to our machine park. And in EVO-tech we have found a partner who competently and reliably accompanied us when we entered the new technology.
Christoph Gruber, Head of toolmaking Metusan GmbH
Devices and test gauges implemented quickly
Additive manufacturing has found its way from pure prototyping to fixture construction. Companies use the technology to quickly and easily manufacture equipment and tool components for series production. Recently, Metusan Metallwarenhandelsgesellschaft m.b.H. an EVO-lizer FDM machine from EVO-tech GmbH for this purpose.
Additive manufacturing as an alternative
For six months now, Metusan has also been using an EVO-lizer FDM device from the Upper Austrian EVO-tech GmbH. “I have been personally interested in TAdditive manufacturing as an alternative topic for a long time. After consultation in-house, we decided to evaluate whether 3D printing could be of benefit to our company, ”says Christoph Gruber, Head of Toolmaking and Apprenticeship Training at Metusan, describing the start
"We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the excellent cooperation and of course your flawless product, the 3D printer works so far and we are very satisfied!"
Sixten Ermert, SIXIO GmbH
It was clear from the outset that additive manufacturing would only be possible in the areas of fixture construction and the manufacture of equipment and aids. “The main starting point was a new machine in the field of copper tube processing. There we needed bending inserts that are soft enough not to damage the copper pipes. We would have had to purchase additional tools to manufacture the tool inserts using conventional methods. In addition, the calibration of these additional tools would have led to further delays, ”explains Gruber and continues:“ As long as it is only a matter of replacing existing devices in the same way or of producing very simple clamping jaws, conventional milling is mostly used more quickly. As soon as the parts increase in complexity or a completely new development becomes necessary, you have a clear advantage with additive manufacturing. "
3D Drucker EL-40
Allows the creation of components up to 340 x 240 x 350 mm (W x D x H) with extremely low operating costs and an open system for filaments.
3D printer EL-28
Enables the simultaneous printing of several components and the processing of large amounts of material up to a size of 500 x 400 x 510 mm (W x D x H).
Spare parts from the "printer"
Half a year ago, when Metusan bought the EVO-lizer, nobody expected that spare parts for machines and systems, as well as a lot of other aids are now being produced with the FDM machine. The range of applications for additive manufacturing is therefore much wider than initially expected. Gruber is visibly pleased about this and concludes: “We are excited to see where the technology will develop and what we will do with the device next. For us, the EVO-lizer is a worthwhile addition to the machine park and in EVO-tech we have found a partner who has competently and reliably accompanied us when we entered the new technology. "
Additional benefits are often only recognized later
In the entry-level project, it is often not yet clear where additive manufacturing can be used. “In the case of Metusan, the focus was on a device for clamping bent copper pipes for cutting. A molded lower shell was needed into which a tube bent several times was inserted. Then a cylinder presses a counterpart from above. The pipe held in this way can then be safely brought up to a circular saw blade for cutting, ”says Markus Kaltenbrunner, Managing Director of EVO-tech GmbH, describing the entry-level project. “This bracket could be used much faster than usual. The construction time in ABS plastic was only one hour. Even if we need new pipe geometries, we can now manufacture suitable brackets within a very short time, ”says Gruber. In addition, the EVO-lizer was used to produce test gauges so that three-dimensional pipe geometries could be easily checked during the production process. “We would not have been able to produce these test gauges with our existing machines. We would have needed a 5-axis milling machine for this. We were able to access a finished test gauge in just 1.5 hours. The new machine also enables us to quickly manufacture the equipment required for quality assurance, ”says the division manager happily.
Additive manufacturing has found its way from pure prototyping to fixture construction. Companies use the technology to quickly and easily manufacture equipment and tool components for series production.
Extract from our customer list in the area of tool and device construction