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ESCATEC, one of Europe's leading providers of contract design and manufacturing services, has purchased one of the world's leading fused deposition modelling (FDM) 3D printers that will enable it to produce rapid prototypes in minutes rather than using an outside contractor that used to take several days.
Michael Walser, ESCATEC's Head of R&D, explained, "Having a high end 3D printer means that we can test out a new design in minutes and quickly refine it. When you are deep into the design of a new part, it is great to be able to touch and feel it, and then see how it fits in with the rest of the design. We can now work on a design continuously rather than stopping and starting while we have to wait for the next version to be delivered. It has not only improved productivity but also creativity as designers can try out new designs on-the-fly in-house rather than going through the formal process of engaging an outside contractor every time."
The professional grade, 3D printer enables ESCATEC's contract Design team to show customers proof of concept (POC) for designs along with variants that they can pick up and interact with. This proved to be a winning concept when ESCATEC pitched for the design of a next generation product for a major customer who could see exactly what ESCATEC was offering.
The ESCATEC Group provides fully-integrated electronic and mechatronic design and manufacturing solutions to assist customers in achieving success in their market. Its one-stop solutions and best-in-class service enable companies around the world to operate more profitably, sustainably and efficiently. Founded in 1984, its history is full of innovation, which made it a first choice partner for many European and North American OEMs. The Swiss-owned company perfectly blends Swiss business philosophy and attention to quality, precision and detail with the advantage of low-cost, mass-volume manufacturing capabilities in its Asian factories.