Bolt Release Case Study

Affordable Production with No Upfront Costs

The complex bolt release part required multiple setups on a three-axis CNC machine, which was labor-intensive and expensive. 3DEO lowered the cost so much that the customer would upgrade to 17-4PH, a premium stainless steel, for improved part performance at a significantly lower price point.

Challenge

The small but very complex part was labor intensive for suppliers. The high cost drove the decision to select a lower grade steel. The customer needed to lower cost while simultaneously upgrading the stainless steel. Would it be possible?

Solution

Rather than use CNC machining with multiple setups, 3DEO used their proprietary 3D printers to manufacture the part in one step. This process lowered the cost of the part to the point that the customer was able to select a premium material, 17-4PH. They also black nitrided the parts for hardness & corrosion resistance.

3DEO Outperformed Machined Components in Four Key Areas

Metal 3D printing was able to manufacture the same part in one print vs. multiple CNC setups. This resulted in annual cost savings of $118,000.

Functional testing revealed 3DEO’s components outperformed CNC machining.

Scaled quantities up/down to match demand; avoided setup and minimum quantity costs with traditional manufacturing.

Changing from 303 to 17-4PH material improved part quality and performance.

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