Gerald Paschinger Prototypen & Maschinenbau e.U. uses EVO-tech 3D printers, thus reducing component costs by up to 75%
EVO-tech 3D printers currently in use
Savings on a specific order
Potential for savings compared to milled components
Getting into 3D printing
Paschinger Prototypen & Maschinenbau began using their first EVO-tech 3D printer in 2014, soon two more were purchased, and two more are in the planning stage. At the moment there are also 8 CNC milling machines & 2 CNC lathes; a 3D measuring arm, incl. CAD/CAM systems in use.
„Setting up and operating the milling machines takes a lot more time and manpower compared to 3D printers. Qualified personnel are increasingly difficult to find around here,” says Gerald Paschinger. That’s why 3D printers are an attractive addition to our range of mechanical equipment.
Advantages of 3D printing
„With 3D printing, job-specific devices can easily be produced overnight. All you have to do is create a file and then print it“, explains Gerald Paschinger.
Some clients are relatively open to comparatively new technologies such as 3D printing, while others need to get started on the benefits of additive manufacturing.
„Additive manufacturing is in many cases a valid, fast and cost-effective alternative,“ explains Markus Kaltenbrunner. The shift from traditional methods where metal or aluminum blocks are machined, to additive manufacturing, where components are constructed from scratch, first has to be anchored in the mindsets of companies.
Even 5-axis milling machines are no longer sufficient for certain geometries. „Certain shapes cannot be made with a traditional milling machine. However, with a 3D printer with a heated chamber, such as the EVO-lizer made by EVO-tech, this is not a problem,” says Gerald Paschinger.
But that’s not the only reason why 3D printing is so interesting. Additive-made components are available much faster according to Paschinger and they are usually 50-75% cheaper than fully machined components.
In addition, the lower weight of the components can be a decisive advantage. „Due to the lower weight, the shipping costs and delivery times are also lower,“ says Dagmar Paschinger, who is responsible for the company’s finances.
3D printing – technology of the future
The potential of 3D printing is far from exhausted. Paschinger stands out from the competition, not only because it uses aluminum and steel, but also because it uses a wide variety of plastics.
Even hybrid production, where CNC milling machines and 3D printers are used together, is possible and is always in more and more demand. This way, the 3D printer is used for the basic structure and the CNC milling machine for certain custom-fit geometries.
„With 3D printing, the possibilities are endless. The restrictions on injection molding with regard to wall thickness don’t exist in additive manufacturing,” explains owner Gerald Paschinger. „For one order, we could save over €10,000 compared to if we manufactured using a CNC milling machine.“
The quality of the products, the long service life, the high precision and ease with which EVO-tech 3D printers can be operated have won over Gerald Paschinger. „EVO-tech is an Austrian company that offers real service and comprehensive support. Even the 12 different filaments are always available and are delivered to us the day after we order them“.