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Case Study: Maximizing production efficiency with 3D printed manufacturing aids
Before working with Ultimaker, Volkswagen Autoeuropa used third-party suppliers to manufacture their custom tools and prototypes. The process took several weeks, especially when multiple designs or assemblies were required. It also meant more paperwork, quotations, and the adoption of a trial-and-error approach, all of which were holding up the tool manufacturing process – at additional cost.
In 2014, Volkswagen decided to address the issue by introducing Ultimaker 3D printers. Within two years, they’d significantly reduced assembly tooling costs, saving over $150,000 per year. 3D printing also enabled Volkswagen Autoeuropa to test solutions without having to contact suppliers – reducing the time taken by an average of eight weeks.
The advantages of using Ultimaker 3D printers for Volkswagen Autoeuropa include:
91% cost reduction
3D printing enabled Volkswagen Autoeuropa to produce custom manufacturing aids with improved ergonomics at a tenth of the usual cost. The company estimates that they are on track to save $250,000 by the end of 2017.
95% time savings
Having a 3D printer in-house means parts can be printed on demand. With Ultimaker, the team can test solutions without having to contact suppliers, saving an average of 8 weeks in tool development time.
Innovation and flexibility
No tooling or machining is required to build a model. The function and design can be verified by printing the actual part, and new iterations can be made within a few hours, with no cost penalties.
Would you like to learn more about how 3D Printing can boost your business?
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