Nissan deploys BCN3D 3D printing technology to produce jigs and fixtures

Automotive corporation Nissan has been making use of 3D printing technology from BCN3D to develop hundreds of tooling, jigs and fixturing elements for its production line in Spain.

Nissan has deployed 3D printing know-how to support the assembly strains of automobiles like the Nissan Navara 4×4 pickup truck. Obtaining created parts for as minor as €3.45, the organization is checking out the chance of rolling the engineering out to far more manufacturing web pages.

Prior to putting in 3D printing systems from BCN3D, Nissan leaned on external suppliers to generate prototypes and jigs by means of approaches like CNC and drilling. The enterprise deemed the guide times and charges concerned with outsourcing such work to be far too significant and has due to the fact lower the time of developing, refining and making sections from a single 7 days to one particular day, and lowered costs by up to 95{3a9e182fe41da4ec11ee3596d5aeb8604cbf6806e2ad0e1498384eba6cf2307e} with 3D printing.

Nissan has put in a farm of four BCN3D equipment which boast an Unbiased Twin Extrusion program and can run 24/7, enabling Nissan to create numerous sections in 1 construct work and maintain rate with an powerful output program. The automotive organization is also applying the recently introduced Clever Cupboard to maintain its filaments. Among the the areas it has additively manufactured with BCN3D know-how are instruments to fix a windshield centring gauge, a reduced drill positioning device and a jig to place and treatment the design title on a car. The fixing software was printed in TPU and is explained to have charge €8 and took a whole of 14 hours to print, when the positioning device was printed in Stomach muscles, took 15 hrs to print and value €21.50. The jib, also printed in Ab muscles, took 12 several hours to print at a expense of just €3.45.

“The functionality realized in terms of reliability has been fantastic. Our printer operates virtually 24 several hours a working day and every single calendar year we’re printing about 100 diverse jigs and resources for specific use in our procedures,” commented Carlos Rellán Martínez, Supervisor of Servicing & Engineering Amenities at Nissan Motor Ibérica Zona Franca. “Outsourcing resources to a mechanical provider was 20 situations a lot more pricey than 3D printing the same parts, although the wait around for resources went from a 7 days down to one working day. By introducing 3D printing, we have enhanced added worth and produced small prices, without significant supply situations. We have paid off the investment in the printers pretty immediately.”

“The automotive market is in all probability the very best instance of scaling up a complicated products with the demands of conference best good quality requirements,” additional Eric Pallarés, CTO at BCN3D. “It’s fascinating to see how the assembly course of action of a automobile – where quite a few unique sections are set together in an assembly line – relies on FFF printed components at almost just about every stage. Having assembled thousands of cars and trucks, Nissan has located that applying BCN3D printing technologies to make jigs and fixtures for sophisticated assembly operations provides constantly significant excellent elements at a decreased time and lower value.”

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Ellen C. McGowan

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