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Efficient Injection Molding: ZF Relies on 3D Spark to Optimize 3D Printed Parts


 
  • ZF utilizes 3D Spark to simplify and optimize the process of fabricating 3D printed parts.

  • The software enables efficiency enhancement, cost reduction, and increased accuracy in the injection molding process.

  • Through the partnership with 3D Spark, ZF demonstrates its commitment to innovation and digitization in manufacturing.

 

ZF Revolutionizes Injection Molding with 3D Spark: Cost Efficiency and Precision in Focus.

Utilizing 3D Spark enables ZF to enhance efficiency and accuracy in the injection molding process.
Utilizing 3D Spark enables ZF to enhance efficiency and accuracy in the injection molding process.

Automotive supplier ZF has decided to rely on the 3D Spark platform to simplify the process of fabricating 3D-printed parts. As a reminder, 3D Spark is a software solution that enables the identification of the ideal 3D printed part. Its solution relies on AI to help engineers automate and identify the most suitable manufacturing processes, automate quoting, and Request for Quotation (RFQ) preparation.


By enabling users to gain instant insights into CAD design suitability, manufacturability, optimization possibilities, precise cost breakdown, and CO2 footprint for every in-house production option, 3D Spark takes into account relevant AM technologies covering polymer, metal, and ceramics, as well as milling, turning, metal casting, and injection molding, enabling a Digital Factory Twin.


Marcel Ahlbrand, Head of Advanced Development Chassis Components at ZF, explains: "We need to give the power to the people to understand the cost and manufacturability of their parts without consulting experts and wasting their time, and this is what 3D Spark is helping us to do."


ZF said one of the major benefits of using 3D Spark was the ability to reduce 50% in time required for analyzing part manufacturability and writing quotes, whilst increasing accuracy and trustworthiness by 25.


ZF is not the first corporate giant that 3D Spark has convinced. Before ZF, French rolling stock manufacturer Alstom was able to save €1.8M in costs thanks to the spin-off of Fraunhofer IAPT.


Through such partnerships, 3D Sparks aims to highlight the value-added service of agile startups in digital manufacturing.

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