A subdivision of WIELTON Research and Development Center located in Gliwice uses 3DGence ONE printer, for creating prototypes of pre-made elements of semitrailers. Prepared elements are mainly used to validate geometric features of the components and to check the possibility of combining the elements together. They also allow for performing a proper assembly.

Among other prototypes, we can find a cargo securing adapter. The element was in need of applying particular, structural changes in order to match it with a new type of hook, which secures cargo on semitrailers. The changes were related mainly to the element’s geometry.

The quality of the printout was very important, especially when investigating the possibility of matching the element with other components. The prepared prototype was printed with PLA material (pic. 1) and matched with the hook. Thanks to the application of 3DGence ONE printer, WIELTON created a prototype with geometric features identical to the original, which resulted in a proper component validation. After evaluating the element printed on 3DGence ONE, the company was capable of creating another prototype and eventually to create a ready product in desired technology.

Pic. 1. Printed prototype

Pic. 2. The element used for proper validation (left) and the original with applied structural changes (right)

Considerable part of components used in semitrailers is being produced by WIELTON in the form of elements created during the process of laser or plasma cutting and shaping with bending brake. Production of the elements from sheet metal is much more expensive than printing them using a 3D printer. Moreover, the classic way of creating such prototype is far more time-consuming. The usage of 3DGence ONE printer in rapid prototype production allowed WIELTON to quickly verify every new technical solution.