The company purchased a Stratasys FDM 3D printer to seamlessly and cost-effectively respond to industrial needs with advanced tooling. Requiring an easy-to-operate, safety-compliant solution that would keep up with production demands, Hager chose the industrial-level Fortus380mc™ 3D printer. This high-performance3D printer enabled the company to work with production-grade thermoplastics.“At Hager Group, we need to create intricate parts— something that is time-consuming and costly with traditional machining methods, and not always feasible with just any 3D printing solution,” says Alexandre Callegher, mechanical engineer at HagerGroup.
“By installing a Fortus 380mc 3D printer in-house, we now have an advanced system that provides dependable results throughout the tooling process. Previously, when a tool had to be replaced or manufactured on the production floor, the long outsourcing process did not allow the team to be reactive. This risked a halt in production, added cost and slowed productivity. “We needed a method that could create complex, functional and lightweight parts efficiently — this is where FDM-based 3D printing fits perfectly, which is why we have integrated it across all of our operations here in Saverne,” explains Callegher. “The 3D-printed parts have led to a significant cost reduction compared to machining the part out of aluminum, as well as a 50 percent reduction in overall weight. We estimate that we have seen an ROI within 18 months.”