Italian 3D printer provider 3ntr has confirmed a partnership with Milanese packaging company Goglio SpA. Working together since 2016, 3ntr machine have helped Goglio integrate 3D printed parts into its packaging machinery, many of which have now become standard components.
According to Olivier Gallati, Goglio Machine Development Manager, “We tried to use injection molding, but to justify the costs, production volumes were too high compared to ours. So we did a study and opted for flush 3D printing […]
“Since we started them [the 3D printers] the first time, we practically haven’t turned them off.”
3ntr 3D printers
Headquartered in Oleggio, a province just north of Milan, 3ntr is the provider of A2 and A4 3D printers.
The smaller of the two, the A4V4 is marketed as a professional 3D printer allowing operators full control over the thermal parameters of the process. This system has a max build volume measuring 295 x 195 x 200 mm. The nozzle can reach a maximum temperature of 450°C, enabling the use of both standard and high temperature thermoplastics like PEEK.
The A2V4 works in the same temperature range as its little sister A4V4, however its build volume has been expanded to 600 x 325 x 500 mm for the production of larger industrial parts.
Goglio acquired its first 3ntr A2V4 3D printer in 2016 and, pleased with the results from this system, bought a second system of the same model to up its capacity.
End-use parts instead of prototypes
The goal with 3ntr 3D printers at Goglio has always been to produce end user parts rather than prototypes.
Fittings used on packaging conveyor belts, as well as screw-top heads used on production line machinery, are just some examples of the 3D printed parts now used regularly at Goglio. Gallati adds, “90% of the time, our printers are engaged in the production of components that are mounted on the machines that we sell to our customers.”
As 3D printing continues to show its value in an industrial, functional setting, a variety of cross-sector OEMs are leveraging the technology to achieve better results in their production. Most recently, Swedish tooling systems manufacturer Sandvik Coromant introduced a new milling cutter with a metal 3D printed head. Global information technology company HP has also started introducing Multi Jet Fusion 3D printed parts into new hardware.
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Featured image shows 3D printed heads for machinery at Goglio. Photo via Goglio/3ntr