Termomacchine invests in 3D printing in the induction heating industry
Termomacchine uses 3D printing in the induction heating sector.
The company, based in Piedmont, has been operating since 1976 in the design, construction and sale of electromagnetic induction heating systems. Thanks to its constant commitment to research and technological innovation, and in order to meet the needs of a constantly evolving market, the company decides to purchase a 3D printer to introduce it in its production process.
The 3D printer 3DZ recommends for Termomacchine’s needs is Markforged’s X7. Under the expert guidance of the Gili family, Termomacchine’s decision to rely on additive manufacturing, instead of normal machining, is the result of a careful analysis of the time and cost of execution.
3D printing gives the opportunity to experiment new solutions without moving the entire supply chain, significantly reducing time and costs, says Bruno Gili President of Termomacchine. Many parts that we currently produce with 3D printing – Gili adds – are those that formerly were produced by the workshop. The economic savings are considerable, with the added advantage of being able to use the printer 24 hours a day and to solve urgent problems of any technical nature.
Goals reached using 3D printing
- Freedom to experiment with new geometries, which cannot be achieved using tooling machines;
- The geometry of a part no longer determines its cost. The cost is given by the time and material needed, not by the complexity of a part’s shape;
- Evaluation of preliminary prototypes at reduced costs and time, at any moment during the design steps;
- The internal section of a component can be determined by varying its mechanical characteristics;
- Possibility of combining several materials on different layers;
- Zeroing of the time gap between the end of the design phase and the beginning of production.