Canvas Category Machinery : Additive Manufacturing : 3D Printer
Zortrax is a Polish developer of comprehensive 3D printing solutions. It has built a strong position on the global market of desktop 3D printers, while also offering dedicated filaments, Z-SUITE software and additional devices to improve the printing process and post processing.The company uses innovative solutions and high quality materials to focus on providing precision of printing primarily to business professionals. At the same time, thanks to their ease of use, financial availability and unique design, Zortrax 3D printers are also chosen by individual clients - prosumers and amateurs alike. Zortrax delivers comprehensive 3D printing solutions. It is also one of few producers offering integrated ecosystem which includes hardware – 3D printers and materials as well as dedicated software and firmware. Zortrax delivers affordable products primarly dedicated to designers, architects and engineers. Smart solutions included in the Zortrax Ecosystem enable achieving professional results such as top 3D print quality and high dimensional accuracy at a reasonable price. Zortrax employs specialists from different fields who create a team of professionals with common passion - development. Our employees aim to develop their skills and use them to improve our products. Our mission is to constantly upgrade the Zortrax Ecosystem to provide the widest group of users worldwide with the best 3D printing technology.
Zortrax 3D Printers Used for Manufacturing of BMW Car Parts
Here’s a story of how Krzysztof Urban, an engineer and Zortrax employee, used Zortrax 3D printers to restore his 2006 BMW e91 330d car.
Due to the high quality of both 3D printers and materials, the parts did not require much post-processing. The engineer just used a mini grinder to smooth the 3D prints only where necessary. He then painted the elements with black structural spray paint, choosing such techniques of applying the paint to achieve a structure like that of the factory elements.
How Toyota Factory Works with Zortrax 3D Printers
Toyota factories in Poland use a Zortrax M300 Plus 3D printer to make manufacturing jigs on demand. According to Toyota, investment in the 3D printing technology in automotive can pay for itself within one year. The key advantage of the Zortrax 3D printing technology, according to Toyota engineers are its agility.
“We have been using 3D printers for years now. They were already here when I came to work at Toyota four years ago.”, says Kondek. According to him, jigs that are 3D printed in automotive industry today used to be made by a separate tooling division equipped with CNC machines and other subtractive manufacturing tools. Fabrication of more demanding designs were simply outsourced to external subcontractors.
“Obviously, using such tools severely limited what we could do design-wise. Every time we thought about a new jig, we had to think twice about whether it could be fabricated or not. 3D printing in automotive sector solve this problem.”, explains Kondek. He adds that currently over 95% of the 3D printed jigs made at Toyota factory are manufactured in the LPD technology. The rest is 3D printed in other 3D printing technologies.
BASF Forward AM and Zortrax Forge a Long-Term 3D Printing Partnership
Zortrax has entered in a long-term partnership with BASF, the largest chemical company in the world, to further expand the range of high-quality materials compatible with its machines.
Zortrax Officially Partners Up with Henkel/Loctite
“We engaged with Zortrax a few years ago when they decided to open their system to industrial focused materials and re-design their system towards the engineering and industrial users. It is worth mentioning that Zortrax focuses on, in addition to print performance, an integrated solution including post processing. They were taking a new approach, and we wanted to be a part of that process as a high-performance material provider,” says Maarten Adolf, Senior Business Development Manager – 3D printing Europe at Henkel AG & Co. KGaA.
3D Printing Mock-Ups to Solve Problems with Equipment Placement in Factories
Alfonso Buonora is a mechanical engineer with 15 years of experience in working for ABLAB3D, a Design and Consultancy studio. He cooperates with various industries helping them to devise the most efficient layout of production lines within their factories. To do so, he designs and constructs mock-ups of whole industrial plants as well as individual machines that compose them. For both prototyping and manufacturing purposes ABLAB3D takes advantage of Zortrax M200. Here are the reasons for using 3D printing in Mechanical Engineering and the step-by-step process of developing a mock-up for food industry, commissioned to Alfonso by an Italian producer of canned goods.