We supply a wide variety of clients with 3D printing in both metal and plastic, and we continuously gather examples of the development of 3D printed parts that can serve as inspiration for others who have started - or would like to start - working with 3D printing.
For some companies, printing a component or a part is perfectly obvious, and for others - and this is in most cases - it requires an innovation and development process to identify where, how and why it makes sense to 3D print one or more parts.
At the Danish Technological Institute, our customer assignments cover a broad spectrum - from developing parts through pilot production to producing large batches of 3D-printed items, which form part of the company's production chain.
Below you can read more about some of our customer cases.
When Marel had to develop a new support element for industrial cutting of meat, there was a need for innovation. Consequently, 3D printing in metal was considered at an early stage, resulting in fewer bacteria and greater food safety.
The company 4TECH has designed a tool changer that allows collaborative robots to switch between multiple tools. The Danish Technological Institute has helped optimize and print the tool changer, which is designed specifically for production with 3D printing.
The production of grommets for cake production had long presented challenges for Haas-Meincke, but in collaboration with the Danish Technological Institute they now produce 3D printed grommets. This gives them great freedom of design and at the same time food approval has been obtained on the grommets.
For many years, CeramicSpeed in Holstebro has collaborated with the Danish Technological Institute on the development of 3D-printed titanium pulley wheels. Now, CeramicSpeed is launching a new model of a 17-spoke 3D-printed pulley wheel.
Marel was developing a salmon gripper, and they decided to test the 3D printing technology. Today, they produce titanium salmon grippers with 3D printing at the Danish Technological Institute. It gives them great freedom of design and a short response time.
NRT X-RAY develops and manufactures medical X-ray equipment for hospitals. By producing 3D printed nylon covers for their equipment, they can quickly test new designs and create customized products for their customers.
CCM Electronic Engineering develops systems for final testing of electronics and machine products. For one of these test systems, CCM needed a shaft with some specific contours and great robustness, and 3D printing in metal turned out to be the right solution.
At Marel's request, the Danish Technological Institute developed metal detectable nylon for 3D printing as well as a dipping process whereby 3D-printed nylon is easier to clean - in fact, it’s 118 times better measured on residual bacteria and on par with stainless steel.
Since 2008, the world’s largest producer of phono cartridges, the Danish company Ortofon A/S, has been using Additive Manufacturing (AM) for production of its new cartridges.
The Danish master chef Kenneth Toft-Hansen won the gold medal in the gastronomy competition Bocuse d'Or - and he uses Additive Manufacturing to shape his unique gastronomic creations.
In collaboration with two students from Aarhus University, the Danish Technological Institute has used 3D printing to reduce the weight of a cutting tap with more than 70% for Thürmer Tools.
Thanks to Additive Manufacturing, midwife Malene Hegenberger succeeded in accelerating the development of her new invention - Hegenberger Speculum. In collaboration with the Danish Technological Institute, 35 different versions of the product were completed in two months.