Case Study - Fire engine's manifold 3D printout
Company: Bocar manufactures mainly new fire-fighting vehicles on various chassis types.
Project : Creation a life-size 3D model of the manifold using 3D printing technology
|Fire engine’s manifold 3D printout
|Verification of the design and adequacy of the prototype production
|60 x 50 x 50 cm
|3DGence INDUSTRY F340
1. Cost reduction during preparing prototype
If a company decides to buy a 3D printer, the final cost of printing a model includes only the amount of money spent on a particular material (around 25€ for kg) plus electricity costs.
The price for preparing a 3D printed model is incomparably lower than producing it through the metal casting process.
2. Saving time at the stage of creating a prototype
The preparation of a new casting form can take even several months and the company has to pay for it. Owning a 3D printer significantly improves the process of creating the necessary part.
Creating 3D printout of fire engine’s manifold takes around 10 days.
3. Checking the ergonomics of the model through its assembly
3D printing technology allows physical examination of every project assumption on a virtual model. The 3D printed vacuum manifold was installed in a particular vehicle to enable this physical examination of this actual part.
The company could check its ergonomics that is, the functionality and serviceability of the actual part.
The use of 3DGence INDUSTRY F340 allowed verifying the vacuum manifold, which is one of the elements creating a hydraulic system of a pump compartment inside fire engines.
Proto typing such a manifold with 3D printing is quicker and easier than manual welding of parts, elbows, and connectors. 3D printing also provides a more accurate representation of the final system. What follows is a lower failure frequency of teh finished part in service.
During the process of rapid prototyping, it is still very hard to obtain an impeccable product, especially when we focus on its ergonomics
Thanks to the 3D printer, we can prepare a model which is identical to its real archetype. It makes it possible for different departments of the company to introduce particular changes even during the early design stage.