Prior to installing a 3D printer, creating prototypes with complex geometry was time-consuming and labor-intensive for Bajaj’s team using traditional fabrication methods. Even with an outsourced vendor, precision could be substandard, and it could take up to two months to produce one prototype.
But now, to come up with a mixer motor prototype that shows every small detail and can withstand form, fit and assembly tests, Bajaj’s designers simply send their CAD design files to the 3D printer’s software, which converts them to a compatible STL format before sending it to print.
Instead of hiring vendors for the prototype production, Bajaj designers use their 3D printer and created one-to-one sized models to test the structure and endurance of their design. In-house iterations helped the company develop a final product that could withstand 600 watts of load and run for over half an hour in more than 80°C.
Onsite 3D printing ensures Bajaj can skip the back-and-forth communication with vendors. The team can make changes to a design immediately after reviewing the printed model and can start printing another a new round of design verification quickly.