BIG BENEFITS FOR SMALL BATCHES
With the EVO-lizer a product is never finished; it is always being improved. In addition, you benefit from further advantages of the EVO-lizer, which allows you to produce small lot sizes almost at the conditions of mass production.
Advantages of the EVO-lizer 3D printer
- Just-in-time production of low-volume batches without minimum production or order amounts
- Low unit costs due to tool-free production and the elimination of set-up costs and set-up times
- High degree of flexibility and customizability by simultaneously printing several (different) parts
- Use of different filaments with different properties (e.g. abrasion-resistant and fire-retardant)
- Production of extremely complex components that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to achieve. For example, components with undercuts, large wall thickness fluctuations or complex geometry. In addition, weight-optimized components are possible by means of honeycomb structures.
The development cycle and its associated costs
What does the development cycle in manufacturing roughly look like today? After the initial development of the concept comes to a more detailed development, then production/testing and subsequently to the production/delivery. Of course, depending on the complexity of the product, this process can be broken down into finer intermediate steps.
If the costs for desired changes are still small at the beginning, they will rise sharply in the course of the process – each change in a subsequent stage costs 10 times the previous one! (Source: Reintreten, D. (2009) Principles of Product Development Flow. Celeritas Publishing)
The EVO-lizer 3D printer shows its strengths
The EVO-lizer prints completely independently, no permanent supervision by specialized staff is necessary, the print completes itself overnight! The filaments provided by EVOtech (mostly in-house developments) fulfill the special requirements of materials: fire-retardant for housing construction or abrasion-resistant filament for moving components, to name only the most important ones.
Low costs – another plus point! If comparable, professional machines generate high running costs, the unit costs of the components produced in the EVO-lizer are very low: on average, the filament is 4 times cheaper than its competitors. The high level of productivity is also due in part to the low level of maintenance – a variety of users print 60h/week and more.
Branches of the future for small series
Which industries will rely on 3D printing for small series production in the future? Which industries can benefit the most here? Noteworthy industries include: machine and special machine construction, automotive industry as well as start-ups in various industries.
The advantages of an additive small series
What advantages does the EVO-lizer offer with regard to additive manufacturing in small-series production? Firstly, tool-less production. This results in low unit costs for small batch sizes since no costs for tools are incurred. This is not as significant at the beginning of the development cycle as it is later on, where the cost per adjustment increases exponentially over the course of the cycle and can lead to enormous rises in costs.
The high degree of flexibility and customizability is directly related to this: the EVO-lizer offers significant benefits if parts are required that vary more or less from the previous part. This machine is able to print several parts at the same time in one process and what’s more it doesn’t cost any money or time to set up. Another advantage: Different filaments can be used, for example for abrasion or fire resistance.
Another of the EVO-lizer’s assets is its ability to produce complex parts that would otherwise be very difficult or impossible to fabricate. Examples include: components with undercuts, large wall thickness variations, complex geometry, such as in the airflow distribution of the company Kolm, weight-optimized components by means of honeycomb structures, gear covers of Villach technical college or self-contained systems such as planetary gearing.
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