Logistics is all about one cog interlocking with the next – and if everything works in harmony, as it should, things will run smoothly and bring in the money. In other words, the value creation chain is intact. But what happens if one of these cogs gets damaged? And what if you can’t get a replacement cog, or you can’t get it quickly or at a good price? Dutch company Blue Traction Repair is on hand to save the entire workings from grinding to a long-lasting halt – using the latest 3D printing technology. At CeMAT 2016, the drive developer from Zoeterwoude is showcasing its swift and affordable method for producing spare parts.
The company uses the new Roboze One 3D printer – named after its Italian manufacturer – which can reproduce objects in high-temperature-resistant plastics. The professional desktop device processes up to twelve different materials, including PEEK, PEI and carbon PA (nylon6 with added carbon fibers). The Roboze printer is designed to produce functional prototypes for industrial and medical customers. The dual-extruder 3D printer is purpose-designed for creating objects with complex geometrical shapes. For example, support structures printed using a second material can be removed more easily. Blue Traction Repair quickly realized the technology’s potential for providing a swift and cost-effective spare parts service. The customer simply sends a sample or a CAD file for the part required and quickly receives a precise reproduction made from the most suitable material.