Published on March 13th, 2017 | by Geetika Bhasin
Hahn-Schickard acquires Prodway’s 3D printing equipment for making injection molds
German microsystems engineering company Hahn-Schickard has adopted Prodway’s 3D printing technology in its plastic injection sector. Groupe Gorgé the parent company of Prodways announced in a press release that Hahn-Schickard has incorporated ProMaker L5000 3D printer and Prodways’ new PLASTCure Rigid 10500 resin for its plastic injection molding.
Hahn-Schickard, a south Germany-based company, is updated with the latest technologies and is engaged in the research and development of microsystems, microanalysis systems, and micro and computer assembly technologies. It has taken the forefront in aiding companies for the R&D for influential technologies, such as 3D printing and other latest advancements.
The company has added Prodways’ ProMaker L5000 industrial 3D printer with its PLASTCure Rigid 10500 resin to its inventory, for the customized injection molding of small plastic series parts. Injection molding is a process of manufacturing the metal molds from either steel or aluminum. This process is not only expensive; it also requires large amounts of time. By using the 3D printing equipment supplied by Prodways, Hahn-Schickard is producing high-performance injection molds in a flexible and affordable way, within shorter time spans.
The ProMaker L5000 has a build volume of 400 x 330 x 400 mm and produces molds in half the machine standard time. Additionally, the 3D printer’s pressure, temperature resistance, and high printing resolution were contributing factors of the superior quality molds that can inject more than 100 parts.
The German microsystems company is able to timely produce multiple iterations of a single injection mold which enables the company to test and optimize its designs. ECA Group, another subsidiary of Groupe Gorge, has acquired a contract €3 million to equip 680 planes with Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs). ELTs are distress signal devices which enable search operations to locate an aircraft in distress.