Case Study

Latch

ErgoKiwi wanted to utilize metal 3D printing for a latch used in their ergonomic cutting tool. They were underwhelmed by the visual quality of another metal 3D printing service, so they came to 3DEO for help. According to the company, the new finish dramatically improved the final product.

Challenge

ErgoKiwi was a crowdfunded startup that did not want to pay the high startup costs of traditional manufacturing processes and hoped to find an on-demand manufacturing, low-cost alternative. ErgoKiwi was disappointed by the quality and surface of binder jetting and the high cost of DMLS.

Solution

ErgoKiwi found metal 3D printing could be a great way to solve the problem of up-front costs by eliminating tooling/setup costs. 3DEo delivered parts that left ErgoKiwi “blown away” by the quality and surface finish, all while beating the cost of the other metal 3D printing service.

Benefits of Metal 3D Printing with 3DEO

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.

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.

Insights From the Production Team

About 3DEO

Based in Los Angeles, CA, 3DEO is a production manufacturer of small and complex metal parts for customers of any industry. Our patented metal 3D printing technology is directly competitive with traditional manufacturing in terms of part pricing, material properties, and quantities. 3DEO’s part properties exceed the high industry benchmark MPIF Standard 35 while achieving tight tolerances (+/- 0.002″) and superior surface finish (100Ra).

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