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Functional prototypes have specific requirements—including high stiffness, high strength, and heat resistance—demanding metal as opposed to plastic parts. The Studio System enables rapid design iteration without the need for a dedicated operator or third-party equipment, and the complexity of the design has no impact on production cost or time.
Jigs and fixtures are essential to lean manufacturing, but they’re usually de-prioritized when compared to other production needs. In-house metal 3D printing allows engineers to produce jigs and fixtures quickly using a design optimized for the specific need. And the ability to produce replacement parts on-demand is critical to operational efficiency.
Tool-making can be tedious due to complex geometries and part requirements, resulting in processes that are expensive and time consuming. The Studio System can print in materials that are difficult to machine and allows manufacturers to produce parts for tooling faster, cheaper, and on-demand.
Traditional manufacturing methods—such as casting—are prohibitive to low volume production due to high costs of initial tooling. Studio Fleet™ leverages the latest Studio System features, including batch processing. It delivers a custom-configurable solution that adapts to business needs to bring low volume production to the shop floor.