Luckily, the solution to Narsakka’s challenges was right before their eyes. Having used 3D design software for over 20 years, the concept of 3D was a familiar one. Three years ago, the company started using 3D printing as a service for prototyping, which lead them to believe the technology could also cater to other, more business-critical needs.
“We realized that there were 3D printers on the market that could match our demands for build size, printing speed and quality”, says Thomas Narsakka. “As we had prior knowledge in 3d printing, it was an obvious choice for us, not least when we saw that we could produce hundreds of wax parts in a couple of hours.”
Using a 3D Systems ProJet MJP 2500 W, Narsakka can now shorten lead times from weeks to days. By 3D printing wax parts, they cut the process of creating a master and rubber mould out of their already laborious workflow. In just four hours, the company can produce 60-100 wax parts. So, their 3D printer is a perfect tool for shorter runs and more specialized production, or bespoke jewellery.
“Also, with the quality of the wax material we print with, we get a 100% success rate – every part comes out perfect”, says Thomas Narsakka.
Investing in 3D printing has been life changing for Narsakka. It has also opened up for new business opportunities, many of which were unimaginable just a couple of years ago.
“It’s also easier for us to calculate lead times and production cost. 3D printing basically gives us more control of our business”, ends Thomas Narsakka.
Products: 3D Systems ProJet MJP 2500
Industries: 3D Printing