Engineering company Etteplan and Wematter in Linköping collaborate for product development and prototyping centerd on Wematter’s 3D printer, the Gravity 2021
Etteplan currently offers AM as part of various development projects and design solutions for its customers, who want to automate more of their products and services. Until now, Etteplan has been using a machine with powder bed technology. Wematter’s latest 3D printer, the Gravity 2021, is replacing Etteplan’s powder bed system. The company will now be one of the first to use this latest version to develop functional prototypes for final verification.
“I think it is very exciting that such a large and recognized player with its clear investment in AM chooses us as a supplier, especially when they have previous experience with an established supplier. You also feel proud as a resident of Linköping when a multinational player such as Etteplan chooses us for its office”, says Robert Kniola, founder, and CEO of Wematter.
“One of the main reasons why we chose the Gravity printer from Wematter is the user-friendliness of operation and how easy it is for new people to get started with the machine,” explains Matts Eriksson, Head of Engineering Solutions at Etteplan Sweden.
Features that create customer value
Etteplan has a strong position in today’s AM space. Its goal is to develop the company’s skills and assist all offices and engineers with SLS prints.
“With our previous SLS machine, we had at least one month of training for a new operator to run the machine at a basic level. Gravity enables increased user-friendliness through optimized print parameters by default.
The powder handling is another great advantage, as we get around the challenges of handling powder in and out of the machine. Wematter has really thought about the functions that create customer value for development organizations like us”, adds Joachim Tollstoy, Area Manager at Etteplan.
Etteplan will strengthen its position locally by increasing the quality and flexibility of the projects and nationally with an advanced 3D printer system from Wematter. In addition to supplying consultants at the customer’s work site, Etteplan’s strategy has for several years been to deliver complete development projects. Its Linköping office has already invested in a local workshop with the ability to quickly produce prototypes using different types of 3D printers. Through Wematter’s Gravity, capacity will increase significantly while the staff’s working hours will focus on development work rather than technical support.
Several different types of collaborative projects
“Etteplan is also prominent in composite manufacturing, for example, glass and carbon fiber. In several projects, we have used glass and carbon fiber in our Gravity machines. We also have expertise in the field from our material scientists, which makes this collaboration very interesting”, concludes Robert Kniola.
With Etteplan’s expertise in mechanical design, various types of optimization services, composites, and AM, Wematter’s SLS-3D printer Gravity will be able to reach its full potential. In addition, the placement at Etteplan will result in several different types of collaborative projects, which we will report more on once it has been concretized.
Wematter manufactures advanced office-sized selective laser sintering 3D printers. The company exists to accelerate the move towards additive manufacturing by lowering barriers to entry. Its innovative 3D-printing SLS technology lets companies quickly prototype ideas, which increases overall design and engineering efficiency.
Wematter’s Nordic roots suffuse the company’s creative cycle. The team focuses on balancing user experience, ease of use, sustainability, and performance in all of its activities. The resulting quality and reliability are testaments to not just a client focus but to corporate responsibility in the face of a changing environment and industrial landscape.
Wematter attracts top customers like Siemens, Volvo, and Husqvarna. The company was founded by design engineers working with FDM SLA and FDM 3D printers, injection molding, and CNC-milling. Since its inception in 2014, Wematter has delivered 3D printers and 3D-printed components to car manufacturers, hospitals, and aerospace clients.
Etteplan provides solutions for industrial equipment and plant engineering, software and embedded solutions, and technical documentation solutions to the world’s leading companies in the manufacturing industry. Their services are geared to improve the competitiveness of the customers’ products, services and engineering processes throughout the product life cycle. The results of Etteplan’s innovative engineering can be seen in numerous industrial solutions and everyday products.
In 2019, Etteplan had a turnover of approximately EUR 263 million. The company currently has some 3,400 professionals in Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and China. Etteplan’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd under the ETTE ticker. For more information about Etteplan, visit www.etteplan.com