TimkenSteel, a global steel and bearing manufacturer, contacted us in need scaled model of a “Brick Manipulator”. This machine assists a worker with stacking bricks on shelves rather than the worker manually stacking the bricks, thus making the work load more efficient and safer.
The 3d scale model needed to be sturdy and can be assembled and disassembled when transported. The model was scaled to 1:24-approximately 14″x16″x14″. The FDM process was chosen due to its strength as well as its ability to print in multiple colors. Parts were printed in both white and grey in order to highlight model features.
When assembled, the end model would move and rotate like the life size model. This included rotation, bending, and even hydraulic lifts that went up and down. Metal pins were used to represent the bricks. The crane was designed to pick up the metal pins in order to give a good representation of how the bricks are transported.
This project required an ample amount of open communication between the customer, the project manager, SLA technicians, and the operations department to ensure that each piece was done correctly to meet the customer’s needs.
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