MAHLE Powertrain benefit from 77% cost saving with 3D printing
Monday, 14 August 2017 | Sabina Gonzalez-George
MAHLE Powertrain is the manufacturing services division of MAHLE GmBH. Based in Northamptonshire, MAHLE Powertrain specialise in Integrated Powertrain Solutions for the automotive and engine industries, working with some of the leading global OEMs including Audi, JCB and Jaguar Land Rover. With a substantial manufacturing plant employing over 180 personnel, the teams at MAHLE are involved in machining, assembly and quality control as part of the engine manufacturing process.
DEPLOYING 3D PRINTER TECHNOLOGY
The 3D printer: Markforged Mark Two
The key requirement for MAHLE was the ability to produce strong, durable parts. Using a Nylon base material, and the ability to add reinforcing fibres, the Mark Two fulfilled the brief.
Having understood the benefits of 3D printing, and highlighting the potential improvement areas to MAHLE, Gavin Ellis, Production Engineer, worked with CREAT3D, Independent 3D Printer Specialists, to bring the Markforged 3D printer in-house and use the technology to revolutionise their production of wear parts.
MAHLE saw that using a 3D printer provided the ability to manufacture a wide range of plastic components enabling time and cost savings. The manufacturing times for the parts themselves have been shortened, and as external purchasing is no longer required, the time associated with raising purchase orders, waiting for approval and supplier processing has been removed. MAHLE are also reaping cost savings in the overall price of the part versus externally produced inventory that needed to be manufactured, shipped and then stored.
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For information on 3D printers contact CREAT3D: CREAT3D is an independent 3D printer specialist providing a one-stop solution, with first class customer service & detailed buying advice, allied to lifetime technical support, tailored training and support & maintenance packages.
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Tel: 01604 738 000
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