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3D manufacturing for low volume production Having an inspirational idea for a new product or design is the first and, some say, most difficult step to inventing something great. But the real hard work is done by those who design, engineer and validate that product for market and that is where 3D Hub comes in. 3D Hub can help with smart design and solutions from the initial idea, product development, engineering, manufacturing optimisation right through to taking it to market. It considers the whole picture from product design to engineering. Its rare services and skills are not only used to develop products, but are also utilised by the agriculture, forestry, marine and aviation industries to make products lighter, more economical and faster to produce. Its biggest customer is the automotive industry. It is sought after by vehicle importers for its ability to produce low volume, high value components through reverse additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing) for the New Zealand market. “Additive manufacturing can be a more affordable option for companies opposed

to fully tooling up and spending tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands on manufacturing a particular part,” says 3D Hub director and design engineer Craig Russell. “We can help them to design components to be 3D printed in low volumes.” He explains reverse manufacturing for low volume production is utilised by companies who import vehicles into the country that are left hand drive and need to be converted to right hand drive. “We reverse engineer components on the vehicle, such as windows panels and air vents, to suit right hand drive.” A great example is the Chevrolet C7 Corvette air vent, Craig says. “We took the existing left hand corvette air vent and 3D printed the components to convert it to a right hand vent. It functions and looks like the original product.”

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C7 Corvette’s air vent. The left is original and the right is the 3D printed version >

Services • Product and industrial design • Mechanical design • Reverse engineering • Morphogenesis™ - structural optimisation • Project management • Prototyping • CAD modelling. He says businesses can often require as few as 100 units of a speciality item for the Australian and New Zealand market. So 3D printing is a solution to manufacture these items affordably and to a high standard in low volumes. The highly skilled team at 3D Hub will determine the functionality and features that are required

for the conversion, and 3D scan it, to then design the product to be manufactured in the most cost effective, suitable method. And 3D Hub has manufacturing contacts in the USA, Europe and locally that it engages with to get parts made. 3D Hub would like to express its thanks for the support and ongoing commitment fromProfessional CAD Systems. Professional CAD Systems is the supplier of Creaform scanning hardware, which 3D Hub utilises for its work. AT 24 Virginia Ave East, Eden Terrace, Auckland 1021 T (09) 300 5455 E info@3dhub.co.nz www.3dhub.co.nz — Advertising Feature

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Auckland Today Magazine Issue 116/117  

Issue 116/117 of Auckland Today Business Magazine

Auckland Today Magazine Issue 116/117  

Issue 116/117 of Auckland Today Business Magazine