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The Centre for Product and Process Development (ZPP) of ZHAW in Zurich specializes in innovative product development in mechanical engineering from the first idea to the final series product. New developments and innovations go through the entire process, from the initial vision to the final product. Research focuses on innovative methods, tools and procedures for an optimized and efficient product development process.
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With 12 new productions on the main stage, numerous recaptures, concerts, recitals, a wide range of youth programs and more than 300 performances a year, the Zurich Opera House is the largest cultural institution in Switzerland and one of the most productive ones in Europe. For the events, there are various workshops and studios, in which the detailed decorations and costumes are painstakingly and lovingly made. The x400 3D printer from German RepRap is perfectly supporting the creation process. The Swiss reseller KVT-Fastening assisted the Zurich Opera House on location in Switzerland.
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Using the German RepRap x500 3D printer speeds up development processes for functional structural components at Sika Automotive. A wide variety of customizable solutions also offer the company new possibilities in terms of materials and designs.> read more
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. Frank Singer, Head of Department Vehicle System Installation at Airbus Helicopters in Germany GmbH explains: "It happens again and again that a crew member of a helicopter stands outside on the runners during the flight due to operational reasons. Under certain circumstances, also during operation of the rescue winch. The relatively small footprint on the runners could be optimized by using a step."
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Technology learns how to sail. This is the motto of Sailing Team Darmstadt, which has taken on the challenge of building an autonomous and energy self-sufficient sailboat that can cross the Atlantic Ocean. Since nobody has yet achieved this feat, a strategic plan needed to be laid out. The sailing team is broken into several groups, which are working on the following areas of focus: power supply, navigation, electronics, control systems, mechanics, organization and software. The German RepRap X1000 3D printer is supporting the sailing team in each of these areas.
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Utilizing 3D Printing Technology for Series Production: Thomas Pazulla Manufactures 40,000 Parts for Automotive Clients With German RepRap x400 and x350 3D Printers. After many years spent in planning, development and design, Thomas Pazulla decided to strike a new career path in 2012 and launched his own technical services firm called TP Technische Dienstleistungen.> read more
Rapid prototyping and small batch production – 3D printer operation at Hürner-Funken is very typical of the sector and therefore a good example of the benefits that 3D printing can bring to the daily work of a development department. Since 2013 the x400 from German RepRap has been providing excellent service in the production of special series, function samples and prototypes for these specialists in fan and ventilation systems based in Central Hessen.> read more
Stegerer Metallbau GmbH, deeply committed to innovation, leads the way into a new era for the metal industry with the German RepRap x350 Pro. When you hear the term “traditional craftsmanship,” you don't immediately think of an innovative technology such as 3D printers used for rapid prototyping. But specialist metal fabricator Stegerer Metallbau GmbH is using additive manufacturing to plot a new course for the industry.> read more
Considerable Cost Calculation Benefits for Tool Manufacturing and a Massive Cost Reduction in Automation and Measurement Technology. BorgiForm, a young, innovative family business headquartered in the heart of eastern Westphalia (Germany), focuses its business literally “shaping” ideas. Dirk Kriegel, Managing Director, introduced 3D printing technology a while ago. Additive manufacturing simplifies the company’s work and is used in the development of die-cutting and bending tools as well as in automated manufacturing.> read more
When developing new systems, it is necessary to make statements about function, handling and integration in the helicopter at an early development stage. For this purpose usually prototypes are created, which manufacturing produce high costs due to need of toolings or milling programs. To get an initial analysis of a component without high efforts and costs the 3D printing process will be used.> read more
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 Ried, technical product designer responsible for the project at the Popp Group.> read more
Pilz GmbH, whose full name is Produktentwicklungs-, Initiativ- und Lehrzentrum Finsterwalde/Lausitz GmbH, is a company that has been using the German RepRap x350Pro 3D printer for almost a year and has reaped considerable benefits from it in terms of production speed and costs. The 3D printing technology is primarily used for prototypes and initial samples of smaller assemblies. Attempts are also sometimes made to replace metal workpieces with plastic ones. The commercial use of 3D printing is also suitable for the supply of spare plastic components.> read more
With the x1000 3D printer RWTH Aachen is analyzing latest requirements of industry for additive manu
In Search of the Production Processes of Our Time With the help of the German RepRap x1000 3D printer RWTH Aachen is analyzing the latest requirements of industry for additive manufacturing. Due to the rapid development of new additive manufacturing processes, industry is facing new challenges. In recent years the increasing professionalization of industry-standard manufacturing systems has been greatly influenced by manufacturers like German RepRap GmbH. Aspects such as process safety, high mechanical precision and the repeatability of results in particular are playing here an increasingly more significant role for industry.> read more
Design engineering company ReitlingerEngineering GmbH+Co. KG, Weinstadt-Endersbach, used reverse engineering and 3D printing to develop a labelling machine. This produced a flexible, fast and inexpensive solution compared to alternative methods.> read more
Airbus Helicopters is currently about to develop an extension for camera mounts to be used with observation cameras on their helicopters. These have possible applications with the police or army for helping them to follow movements on the ground. To achieve the optimum design, the X400 3D printer from German RepRap is used to create different possible prototypes for testing.> read more