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3D Printing for a Cost Effective Design Process

DEM Manufacturing can offer businesses the opportunity to see and pre-test their enclosure prototype thanks to 3D printing technology.

Although 3D printing has been around since the 1980’s, recent advances means it is now fast becoming an invaluable tool, worldwide. DEM can offer a 3D printing service to save businesses time and money in the vital enclosure design process.

Customers can work with our engineers to design an enclosure before creating the 3D printed prototype. This can then to be tested to ensure it will work effectively before the order is placed.

Wayne Coxon, Operations Engineering Manager at DEM Manufacturing commented: “Many businesses have taken advantage of this 3D printed enclosure service and as a result we have been able to recognise when and where the design may need altering to offer the most effective product possible. Alterations such as additional ridges for strength or aesthetic adjustments are examples of concerns which may not have been picked up from a 3D drawing.

“CAD still plays a huge part in the design process but actually being able to give the customer something tangible that they can test offers peace of mind that the money spent will produce accurate functioning products.”

The 3D printing service is available to all DEM customers. 3D CAD and PDF drawings are also available on our website for instant download, allowing customers to create a model of their requirements. This can then be sent to us and prepared for a 3D printed model.

Case Study

The CEO from New Lighting Technology Ltd said: “The 3D printing service offered us a quick and cost effective prototyping process. We required an enclosure to protect the driver and along the way there were design changes to the circuit board, but having a 3D model of the enclosure gave us flexibility with that.

“Without the 3D printer, we may have spent several thousands of pounds to produce housings that aren’t of a perfect fit. Whereas with the model in front of us, we could check that all the components would work correctly before ordering. A drawing of the enclosure design is great but technology has moved on and when you can touch, see and test the end product it is significantly easier and quicker to sign off the project.”