Engineering company Etteplan and Wematter in Linköping start collaboration in product development and prototyping with the SLS 3D-printer Gravity 2021
Etteplan currently offers AM as part of its offering in various development projects and design solutions for its customers who want to make their products and services more intelligent. Until now, a machine with powder bed technology has been used, which is now being replaced by Wematter’s latest 3D-printer Gravity 2021. 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 AM investment chooses us as a supplier. Especially when they have experience with such an established supplier before. 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 within AM today where the goal is to be able 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.
In addition to hiring out consultants on-site at the customer, Etteplan’s strategy has for several years been to deliver complete development projects and overall commitments. The Linköping office has already invested in a local workshop with the ability to produce fast prototypes with 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 machine support. Now Etteplan will strengthen its position both locally by increasing the quality and flexibility of the projects but also nationally with an advanced 3D-printer system from Wematter.
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 is a Swedish manufacturer that makes advanced SLS 3D-printing technology available to companies in order to produce in a smarter way according to the vision “We make things smarter globally”. Wematter is also developing its own software suite with cutting-edge 3D-printing software that makes it easier for designers, engineers, and manufacturers to use SLS 3D-printing for the next generation of products.
With Wematters DNA, the focus is on the user experience, simplicity, durability, and performance. This makes Wematter attractive to top customers such as SAAB, Volvo, and Husqvarna. The company was founded by mechanical engineers who worked with SLS, SLA, FDM 3D-printers, and also injection molding and CNC milling. Since its founding in 2014, Wematter has delivered 3D-printers and 3D-prints to car manufacturers, hospitals, and aerospace factories.
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