First 3D printed customer prototype delivered

Inoplas has used its new 3D plastic printing capability to produce prototype heater outlet airflow adaptors for the electric car market.

In just a few days the two adaptors were completed and delivered, saving the customer in excess of a £1,200 over the traditional tooling and prototyping process. Neil Hutchinson, managing director of PI Marketing Limited commented, “It’s amazingly easy and fast to get rapid prototypes at low cost that allow us to be confident in the design of the product, or make changes if necessary, prior to full tooling.”

Jon Brooks, managing director of Inoplas Technology added, “Our substantial investment in this exciting 3D printing technology underlines our commitment as a company to offering our customers the latest innovative techniques across every aspect of plastic moulding.”

The 3D printer takes a CAD drawing input and ‘prints’ the 3-dimensional object in a matter of minutes in a choice of plastics and colours. It’s ideal for prototyping to check designs without the timescales and costs of full tooling.

© Inoplas Technology 2013

Picture: EV Heat Inserter with 3D-printed airflow adaptor.

First 3D printed customer prototype delivered

April 1, 2013

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