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Go in-house with 3D printing: from prototype to finished metal part

Go in-house with 3D printing: from prototype to finished metal part

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Thanks to additive manufacturing, DZ Metalcolor starts, develops, and completes projects for its customers in-house, thus providing timely solutions.

DZ Metalcolor is a company based in Vicenza, Italy, that deals with industrial powder coating and mechanical processing, especially the cutting, bending and welding of metal surfaces.

In the words of Matteo Dal Zotto, owner of DZ Metalcolor together with his father Camillo. “We have always considered it a priority to invest in the ongoing development of the company. We want to stay in line with the times and always provide our customers with timely replies.”

The need

DZ Metalcolor’s customers come from a wide range of sectors, from furniture to construction, from electronics to thermo-hydraulics, with specific and very different requests.
This means that, to be competitive, this company needs to offer flexibility and be able to propose customized solutions in a short period of time.

Matteo Dal Zotto says: “We started to consider 3D printing with the aim of developing and producing in-house not only our prototypes but also the molds. We wanted to get rid of the need to outsource these processes to external suppliers.”

3DZ consultancy

“We reached out to 3DZ, which is a reseller of several brands with different 3D printing technologies. Their consultant, Bruno Bibo, guided us in choosing the right technology and then the right printer for our business needs.”

The solution for prototyping

We purchased an Onyx One printer to quickly and independently produce parts for our customers to review.” The Onyx One is a printer with FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) technology to print accurate and durable Onyx parts while providing excellent surface quality

The solution for printing metal final parts

“Once approved,” Dal Zotto adds, “we move on to making the metal part with the Metal X printer.” Metal X is Markforged’s metal 3D printer. This complete printing solution allows the user to go from design to finished part in less than 24 hours.

“We were pleasantly surprised by the ease of use of Metal X: it is an intuitive machine, suitable for the production of fully functional metal parts even for industrial applications. The printed supports are easily removed.”

Producing custom parts in-house using 3D printing: examples

“One of our designer clients needed a limited number of handles that had been treated with special coatings. In consideration of the very small quantity involved, we decided to produce them entirely in-house, without using third parties, from the testing phase to the finished product. Producing everything in-house proved to be simpler, faster and less costly”.

“Another customer needed small batches with a specific radius: outsourcing them to third parties would have taken too long and cost too much. So we printed prototypes with Onyx on which to carry out all the necessary tests, adapting and improving the prototype as needed. We then printed the final metal part, again in-house, with our Metal X.”

“3D printing allowed us to make parts with solids and voids as well as parts with perfect fillet joints. We designed and made prototypes of punches and the relative matrix to then have the molds made by an external supplier when we already had the finished part in hand. We can therefore say that, thanks to additive manufacturing, the projects we follow now start, develop and finish inside the company”.

Specific printing materials. Copper

DZ Metalcolor also collaborates with the University of Padua and Vicenza, in particular for copper wire printing, obtaining excellent results. Pure copper has excellent thermal and electrical conductivity and is used for automotive and electronic applications. It is usually an expensive and challenging material to work with, but with Metal X even the pure copper printing process is easy and fast.

With its expertise, since 1982 DZ Metalcolor has been helping its customers realize their ideas by indicating the easiest way to achieve the final result. Starting from an STL file or a sketch, the company creates prototypes or replicas, but also tools or parts of equipment, carrying out post-treatment painting if required.

3DZ expert partner

3DZ is a reseller of 3D printers and scanners with 10 years of experience, and over 2000 printers installed. The range of products we have selected includes different printing technologies and numerous technical materials (such as copper, composite materials reinforced with continuous fibers, high temperature resistant materials, ESD, flame retardants, etc.): this allows us to offer the most suitable solution for the specific application to be realized. You want to know more about how to introduce additive manufacturing in your company? Contact us for a free consultation.

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