05 Apr 2018
Xalingo, a company from Rio Grande do Sul based in Santa Cruz do Sul and one of the leaders of the toy segment in the country, started to focus on 3D printing in 2013. The decision came to replace some manual processes inside the factory with the objective of seeking a more high degree of optimization with the use of the additive manufacturing process. It was with the acquisition of Cliever's CL1 model that Xalingo entered the 3D printing universe and started using technology to give new product development projects more agility.
Until then, 3D printing has been used successfully within the company. According to the designer of the Xalingo Products Development sector, Júlio Eduardo Forster, the technology is currently being used heavily in the verification of conceptual designs of new products, especially in the validation of measurements and total volume. The biggest impression made by Xalingo was a stroller, where all the fairing was printed and received a paint finish. The piece was exhibited in a fair held in São Paulo, simulating visually the piece injected.
"We made the impression
to see product details.
The final piece is still made
usually by the injection process. "
Júlio Eduardo Forster
Xalingo Product Development Designer
Of the major gains made by the company when it adheres to 3D printing, Forster cites the speed in manufacturing parts. "It's all very fast. We gained time and were able to see accurately fittings and positions. This helps us a lot in the final stage of product development, "he says. Xalingo does not disclose the percentage of savings with the adoption of the 3D printing process, but notes that the gain of time was the main advantage obtained since the moment it started betting on additive manufacturing. "If we were to set a percentage on the time savings we got, surely that rate would be over 100%. The equipment can perform impressions at night, streamlining the process a lot, "he says.
The use of 3D printers - today are two: the CL1, acquired in 2013 and the CL2 Pro Plus -, varies according to the time of year and the demand for new product launches. "In certain months, the use we make of 3D printers is intense. We got to use from 2 to 3 months straight, working at night, inclusive. We make the impression and then we go to the finish. In the visual, the printed part is very similar to the part injected, "he adds.
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