CREAT3D CASE STUDIES

Outstanding Results From Additive Manufacturing Solutions

Our clients are realising cost savings of up to 97%, lead time reductions from weeks to hours and improved functionality & performance. Read more about what your peers are achieving.

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COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT PROVIDER

CHALLENGE

Increasing productivity in producing large and complex prototypes quickly for internal evaluation,  without sacrificing quality.

 

SOLUTION

Integrating the industrial SLA, Nexa3D NXE400, into their 3D printer equipment range of FDM and other SLA 3D printers.

 

RESULTS

​"The speed and quality of parts still blows my mind every time I run it. I am extremely pleased with the NXE 400, and it is a great addition to our in-house capabilities.  We have been working with the Nexa3D team for almost a year now, and they have taken a lot of feedback and implemented lots of very positive changes to the machine and software in a really short period of time"  Peter Edwards, Lead AM Technology Manager, Motorola Solutions

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SECURITY ENTRANCE CONTROL MANUFACTURER

CHALLENGE

Deliver highly bespoke security entrance solutions to clients, featuring rapidly evolving technologies

 

SOLUTION

Embedding the Markforged Mark Two composite 3D printer into the Engineering Design Team

 

RESULTS

  • Re-defined business process resulting in bespoke products in 8-10 weeks

  • Ability to produce previously cost & time prohibitive end-use parts

  • Up to 95.5% cost reduction for production aids and tools

  • Achieve right-first-time applications with bespoke jigs

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ENGINEERING DESIGN CONSULTANCY

CHALLENGE

Ensuring that products are robustly designed for manufacture, in short turn-around times.

 

SOLUTION

Multiple Markforged desktop 3D printers, 1x Mark Two fully composite 3D printer, 2x Onyx Series printers for increased production capacity.

 

RESULTS

  • Return on investment on initial equipment in less than 3 months, adding 2nd and 3rd machines within 9 months

  • Clients receive 3D printed solutions to their design and manufacturing problems within days

  • Competitive advantage through ability and agility to respond quickly 

  • New revenue streams through offering 3D printed end-use components at lower cost, with enhanced functionality and reduced weight

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PRODUCT DESIGN AGENCY

CHALLENGE

Embedding the right type of 3D printing technology into Matter's design, prototype and development workflows to deliver high quality design concepts with minimal finishing, all at a low cost

 

SOLUTION

Deploying multiple Formlabs Form 3 (SLA) 3D printers

 

RESULTS

  • Control over full design process, with faster response to design iterations

  • Reduced design costs, saving £hundreds on outsourced prototypes per project 

  • Enhanced product development, being able to print models that withstand repeat testing

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INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER

CHALLENGE

To reduce costs & create bespoke solutions

 

SOLUTION

Deploying range of 3D Printers (SLA, CFF & FFF technologies)

 

RESULTS

  • Freedom with design for bespoke solutions

  • Up to 96% lower costs, which feed to the end customer

  • Up to 98.8% shorter lead times, from weeks to days

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TOOLING & AUTOMATION SYSTEMS MANUFACTURER

3D PRINTED APPLICATION

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TRADITIONAL FABRICATION METHOD

3 axis CNC machine

 

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SOLUTION

Markforged Mark Two Composite (CFF) 3D Printer

RESULTS

  • 96% cost saving, from £300 to £10.07

  • 98% lead time reduction, from 3 weeks to 10 hours

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GAS PIPELINE SOLUTIONS MANUFACTURER

3D PRINTED APPLICATION

Functional prototype for CFD analysis and simulation

TRADITIONAL FABRICATION METHOD

Outsourced to 3rd party

 

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SOLUTION

Formlabs Form 2 (Stereolithography)

RESULTS

  • Enablement of faster part re-engineering, functionality & performance testing prior to making mould tool

  • 93% cost saving, down to just £40 per part

  • 97% lead time reduction, from 2-4 weeks to >24 hours

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LIGHTING PRODUCT DESIGNER & MANUFACTURER

3D PRINTED APPLICATION

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TRADITIONAL FABRICATION METHOD

CNC Milling

 

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SOLUTION

Formlabs Form 2 (Stereolithography)

RESULTS

  • Faster product to market (shortened development cycle)

  • 97% cost saving, from £800 to £25

  • 93% lead time reduction, from 2 weeks to 22 hours

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ELECTRIC FORMULA RACE TEAM

CHALLENGE

Product a better performing track car by enabling continuous design improvement, and light-weighting end components

SOLUTION

Incorporate Markforged Composite 3D printers into design and production workflows to produce end-use components and functional prototypes

RESULTS

  • Overall 60kg weight reduction on the race car

  • Design team changed workflow by enabling 3D printing to produce better designs at lower cost and lower risk

  • Faster speed of improvement to generate competitive advantages

HEINEKEN

Using 3D printing significantly reduces lead time from design to final part, minimising the need to involve internal purchasing and goods-in departments, as well as outsourced fabricators. As we design for Additive Manufacturing, it also allows us to produce a better fit and functioning part than required so we save hours by not having to create 2D drawings.

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Richard Gardiner, Project Manager

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