Pilz GmbH halved their manufacturing costs with Carbon20

Manufacturing Costs Halved with the German RepRap X350Pro:

Pilz GmbH Uses the Benefits of 3D Printer Technology and CFRP-Reinforced Carbon20 Material

Pilz GmbH, whose full name is Produktentwicklungs-, Initiativ- und Lehrzentrum Finsterwalde/Lausitz GmbH, is a company that has been using the German RepRap X350Pro 3D printer for almost a year and has reaped considerable benefits from it in terms of production speed and costs. The 3D printing technology is primarily used for prototypes and initial samples of smaller assemblies. Attempts are also sometimes made to replace metal workpieces with plastic ones. The commercial use of 3D printing is also suitable for the supply of spare plastic components.

Pilz GmbH is a regarded as an expert partner in the metal processing sector. As contract manufacturers, Pilz GmbH manufactures products that are tailored to customer specifications. This ranges from laser cut parts to folded plates and welded assemblies, right through to turned and milled parts. Its strengths are particularly in the field of pipe threading. The modern machine park and its own design department enable a high level of quality to be ensured. “We are particularly proud of our training center, in which we instruct school students from the area each year in how to work with metal,” explains Torsten Lehmann, CEO of Pilz GmbH. At the end of last year we also looked at the area of 3D printing to maintain our ability to keep up-to-date and fulfill the requirements of our customers. “As contract manufacturers and product developers we always have to keep up with the latest technical advances. 3D printing is slowly but surely becoming a subject of discussion with customers. We therefore decided to engage with this technology so that we didn’t miss the opportunity.” We unanimously agreed to work with German RepRap, even though it was a case of “love at second sight,” explains Torsten Lehmann: “It was clear to us that we wanted to buy a 3D printer and so we looked at different models when visiting the Formnext trade fair. After we had gone round the German RepRap stand a second time we were all agreed that we could probably implement our ideas best of all with the X350Pro. As yet our expectations have not been disappointed.”