Redline Plastics is proud to announce that we’ve just added another tool to support our growing customer base. The company has invested in a large format 3D printer in order to provide enhanced design and prototyping services. The printer was installed at the beginning of August and the company put it to work right away creating prototype parts for current customers. The state-of-the-art machine boasts a generous print capacity with a bed surface of 54.5in x 48.6in and a max height of 36.4in. Other key features include a temperature-controlled heated bed, and a high flowrate 2.5mm nozzle.
Redline Plastics has always collaborated with customers on product concept modeling and design projects, but the addition of in-house 3D printing technology will help bring those designs to life even faster. The printer will mainly be used to help customers create prototype parts for new designs, which can then be used to assess fit, form, and function.
“We’ve been looking forward to adding this technology to our offerings for some time,” says Nick Murray, president of Redline Plastics. “There is a high demand for 3D printing services among our customer base right now. We already collaborate with our customers on engineering new products and making updates to existing ones. Now we will be able to deliver testable 3D printed prototypes to help customers validate their designs and iterate at a lower price point than other prototyping options. This machine provides a much larger footprint than what people are accustomed to in the 3D printing space.”
The team at Redline is also very excited to put the new technology to use for their own proprietary design process. Redline Plastics designs, engineers, and manufactures accessories for the power sports market. The 3D printer will allow the design engineering team to print new designs quickly before testing on the latest vehicle models.
Redline Director of Engineering John Shackleton is excited at the possibilities this new technology will provide for Redline Plastics. “This takes us to the next level in terms of the overall services we can provide our customers. Being able to print parts for prototyping and testing before investing in tooling helps the overall design process tremendously. This saves time and ultimately money on the project. And that’s a good thing.”