Business cases

Below you will find various business cases of 3D metal printed parts printed at K3D.

All examples are actually printed and are used in practice on various installments!

The interesting thing about 3D metal printing is that it lends itself to several markets with very different reasons to take the step towards 3D printing.

Baking tin

Market 
Food-tech

Business case

  • Functional prototype produced quickly
  • No tool costs
  • Short leadtime
  • Accelerating product development
Application Example

Bike dropout

Market 
Adapted bikes

Business case

  • Customer specific supply
  • No tool costs
  • Quick development -> short time-to-market
Application watch video

Pulley puller

Market 
Mechanical engineering
 

Business case

  • Unique tool
  • Part reduction
  • Simplify dissasembly
Application

Cooling nozzle robot laser welder

Market 
High-tech industry

Business case

  • Improving machine performance by making use of optimal cooling
  • Cheapest solution
  • Less production steps
Application watch video

Robot pizza knife bearer

Market 
Robotics

Business case

  • Number of parts -80%
  • Weight -51%
  • Leadtime -60%
  • Cheaper
Application  Re-design

Honey roller

Market 
Mechanical engineering

Business case

  • Complex geometry (honeycomb)
  • Cooling channels printed at once together
  • Unique part 
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Bearing support

Market 
Mechanical engineering

Business case

  • Weight -70%
  • Parts -60%
  • Production steps -75%
  • Simplifying assembly
  • Compact installation space
application  Re-design

Burner model steam train

Market 
Modeling

Business case

  • Complex shape in 1 part
  • Optimised distribution of fuel, steam and heat
  • Lightweight
Application

Oil filter

Market 
High-tech industry

Business case

  • No tooling required
  • Configuration and size of holes adjustable without extra engineering costs

Frame coriolis flowmeter

Market 
High-tech industrie

Business case

  • Parts -20%
  • Assembly time -60%
  • Cheaper
application Re-Design

Axis guidance

Market 
Mechanical engineering

Business case

  • Parts -50%
  • Weight -60%
  • Lead time -45%
  • Cheaper
  • Strenght (loadability)+50%
Application  Re-design

Manifold

Market 
Mechanical engineering

Business case

  • Parts -30%
  • Weight -80%
  • Compact installation space
  • Tread printed directly in the part

Die-insert

Market 
Dies

Business case

  • Complex shape without extra costs
  • Optimized cooling possible
  • No other way to produce then 3D printing

Door hinge

Market 
Oven building

Business case

  • Manufacturing steps-80%
  • Weight-65%
  • Parts  -60%
Application

Folding shoe dough

Market 
Dough processing

Business case

  • Parts -80%
  • No welds (more hygienic)
  • Complex shape (double curved surface)
  • Optimal configuration air holes possible to make sure dough floats on product.
application  Re-design

One way duct / filter

Market 
Filterindustry

Business case

  • Integrated functions
  • Lifespan +300%

Cylinder bracket

Market 
Mechanical engineering

Business case

  • Parts -60%
  • Lead time -40%
  • Weight -50%
Application  Re-design

Heat exchanger

Market 
High-tech industry

Business case

  • Efficient design
  • Better heat transfer