After having seen a live demo of a Markforged Mark Two at an event, Martin Fredin immediately realized it could be used for the inhouse manufacturing of production tools, such as, fixtures, details, spare parts and end-of-arm tooling. He went from idea to investment in less than an hour.
Since installing the Markforged Mark Two, MF Precision’s engineers and operators can now CAD and print all their fixture needs in the carbon fiber material Onyx. The design process takes roughly 30 minutes and preparing the CAD file for 3D printing a few additional minutes in the software Markforged Eiger.
”Now, we only need one person for CAD, print and inspection”, says Martin Fredin. “Equally important is that the cost of an inhouse printed CMM fixture can be as little as on tenth of a traditionally manufactured fixture. And we get more consistent and thorough measuring results.”
The next step in MF Precision’s use of 3D printing is making the technology accessible and a vital part in the inspection process. The end goal is to increase the overall quality in the production flow.
”Having our own 3D printer gives us an opportunity to learn about new technology”, says Martin Fredin. “At the same time, we need to make sure our staff can see clear values using this technology. I also believe that 3D printing can be a future offering of ours. We have a lot to offer our customers.”
”Anything that can be automated and digitalized will do so with time, and our goal is to be at the forefront of this development”, ends Martin Fredin.
Products: Markforged Mark Two