The Shukla Medical engineering team realized huge gains in the speed and efficiency of their product development process with the introduction of Markforged’s Mark Two fiber printer a couple of years ago. In 2019 they added the Metal X printer with the goal of cutting metal-prototyping times in half and getting products to market that much sooner.
Identifying and solving bottlenecks is an important part of keeping any business running. Elliott Tool Technologies identified a holdup in the process of producing its work holding fixtures, one that a 3D-printing system from Markforged has helped to solve.
The goals were to speed part prototyping to evaluate compatibility with fixture designs and to lower costs compared to conventional processes. The company just needed to find a cost-efficient machine that could produce parts of the quality it needed.
As they worked to cost-effectively develop their latest elderly dummy model, Humanetics decided to look into 3D printing (a.k.a additive manufacturing) technology to more quickly fulfill their needs for small-batch production, less expensive replacement parts, and faster turnaround times.