More and more enterprises use 3D printing in their production processes, including a Polish manufacturer of fire engines, that use 3D printers in order to produce composites made of plastic materials.

 

During the entire production process, we use modern technologies applied in welding, gluing and laser processing, as well as lightweight and sustainable materials such as aluminum and stainless steel. However, the introduction of 3D printing has helped us to speed up the production process and minimize costs. Our engineers now use 3DGence INDUSTRY F340 for many tasks.

Company

Bocar is a company manufactures fire engines with custom undercarriages and provides its customers with over 100 vehicles every year. It has over 25 years of experience in the production of specialized cars. Project: Creation a life-size 3D model of the manifold using 3D printing technology

Project

Creation a life-size 3D model of the manifold using 3D printing technology

Goals

  1. Preparing a 3D model at a lower cost – no need to create molds.
  2. Saving time at the stage of creating a prototype.
  3. Checking the ergonomics of the model through its assembly on a fire truck

Why 3D printing? 

During the process of rapid prototyping, it is still very hard to obtain impeccable product, especially when we focus on its ergonomics. Thanks to the 3D printer, the company is capable of preparing a model which is identical to its real archetype. It makes it possible for different departments of the company to introduce particular changes even during the early design stage. Bocar uses 3D printers to create composites made of plastic materials, their task is streamline production processes and generate savings.

Challenge

The use of 3DGence printers to verify the vacuum manifold, which is one of the elements creating hydraulic system of a pump compartment inside fire engines Pre-made mould of such manifold shall be an alternative to manual welding of pipes, elbows and collects. Obtaining much greater accuracy in produced systems, and what follows, in a lower failure frequency.

Realized goals

 1. Saving money

The preparation of a new chill form can take even several months and the company has to pay for it additionally. Owning a 3D printer significantly improves the process of creating the necessary part. Creating 3D printout of fire engine’s manifold takes around 10 days

2. Saving time

The preparation of a new chill form can take even several months and the company has to pay for it additionally. Owning a 3D printer significantly improves the process of creating the necessary part. Creating 3D printout of fire engine’s manifold takes around 10 days.

3. Test of ergonomics

3D printing technology allows physical examination of every project assumption on a virtual model. 3D printed vacuum manifold was installed in a particular vehicle. Thanks to it Bocar company had an opportunity to check its ergonomics that is, the functionality and durability of this prototype. Moreover the installation of the model was used as a training for workers who are responsible for the assembly of pre-made elements.

  

Conclusions

Bocar company used industrial 3D printer – 3DGence INDUSTRY F340 to print a life-size 3D model of the manifold with the ABS material. 3D printout helped to verify the prototype of the component mounted on a fire truck. Manufacturer of specialized cars, thanks to 3D printing technology, saved time, money and could check the ergonomics of the part needed. All project goals have been achieved.

Project data:

3D print
 Fire engine’s manifold 3D printout
Use
Verification of the design and adequacy of the prototype production
Dimensions
60 x50 x50 cm (models consists of three combined elements)
Material 
ABS
3D Printer
3DGence INDUSTRY F340

 

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Photos

This system consists of two elements (pic. 1): left manifold branching to water lines  connected to water cannon and right manifold which branches to three separate water lines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Verification of the design and adequacy of the prototype production

Verification of the design and adequacy of the prototype production

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