DICSA Group has implemented additive manufacturing technology, using 3D printer to redesign and improve its products. This company found that while had the most innovative software in the field to design mechanical parts in 3D, they could not establish exactly the mechanical movement of new equipment. For this reason, DICSA has decided to print to 3D some of new designs before manufacturing them.
The manager of Quality Assurance realized that their multi- way couplings have lost competitiveness, for that they decided to redesign this equipment. However, the software used to design in 3D does not allow checking the necessary adjustments and tolerances for new designs. Because of that, they decided to invest at 3D printer system, in this way they ensure quality and efficiency of their equipment, even before manufacturing.
Technical Department Manager indicated that to work with plastic prototypes has served for detecting any shortcomings that are imperceptible on the drawings. This working method ensures more efficient use of raw materials, so it allows checking products without the need for manufacturing massively with prolonged and costly processes.
Some DICSA costumers have assessed the potential of this new working methodology because they have the possibility to order a plastic prototype to check the functionality of their new designs, even before manufacturing their pieces (under costumer request).