JASPER uses SLS printers to make parts suitable for use in production areas and to make tools that are sent with a unit to help with a customer’s installation.
3D printing is rapidly changing the manufacturing landscape. JASPER has adopted this technology not only for internal uses by our Associates but for our customers as well.
Also known as additive manufacturing, 3D printing allows the production, or printing, of physical parts from digital models created on a computer.
“JASPER started using a Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) printer several years ago,” said JASPER Drivetrain and Product Development Engineer Shane Petty. “JASPER mainly used this printer for rapid prototyping and light-duty fixtures.”
“In the last three years, we have added a Stereo Lithographic Apparatus (SLA) and two Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printers,” said Petty. “These have allowed us to make parts that are suitable for use in our production lines.”
A broad range of items is currently produced from a newly-created 3D Printing area in JASPER’s Corporate Headquarters. “Customers may see retainers, connectors, or plugs that have come from our 3D printing area,” Petty said. “We also make some of the tools we send with a unit to help with installation, like our crank sensor alignment tool.”
“Additive manufacturing has many benefits,” Petty added. “It gives us a cost-effective way to produce prototype parts. It also gives us another tool to help overcome the supply chain issues that are so common in manufacturing today.”
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