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Unlocking Value with Additive Manufacturing: A Success Story from Garmendale

Unlocking Value with Additive Manufacturing: A Success Story from Garmendale

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June 7, 2024

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is revolutionising industries across the globe. From automotive to aerospace, the benefits of integrating this technology into traditional manufacturing workflows are undeniable. One company that has recently experienced this transformation is Garmendale Engineering Solutions, a customer of Solid Solutions. This blog post delves into how Garmendale has leveraged additive manufacturing to enhance their operations, showcasing the synergies within the TriMech Group and the expansive expertise available to their customers.

A Winning Opportunity

Garmendale, renowned for its specialised solutions in the theme park industry, including ride manufacturing and gating systems, had always been intrigued by the potential of additive manufacturing. However, it was their participation in the Customer Development event organised by Solid Solutions that catalysed their journey into this innovative realm. Winning a 3D printer from the event, Garmendale quickly integrated it into their workflow, reaping immediate benefits.

Seamless Integration with Existing Processes

Before introducing additive manufacturing, Garmendale relied solely on subtractive methods, like CNC machining, to produce parts. This traditional process involved drawing up components in SolidWorks, creating detailed 2D drawings, and then machining the parts from raw materials. While effective, this method was time-consuming and left little room for rapid iteration.

With the introduction of the Bambu Lab 3D printer, Garmendale has streamlined their prototyping process. Now, they can print physical models of parts directly from their SolidWorks designs. This shift has not only accelerated their development cycles but also allowed for more accurate and thorough testing of parts before committing to expensive machining processes.

Enhancing Precision and Speed

The ability to print components in-house has drastically reduced lead times. For instance, when faced with the challenge of redesigning a locking mechanism for a ride, Garmendale printed a scale model to verify fit and function before final production. This step ensured that the final part would meet all specifications, minimising costly errors and rework.

Moreover, the Bambu Lab 3D printer’s advanced capabilities, such as multi-material printing and precise detailing, have opened new avenues for Garmendale.

Expanding Horizons

The success of this initial foray into additive manufacturing has piqued the interest of Garmendale’s leadership. The CEO’s excitement and newfound appreciation for the technology’s value have solidified the company’s commitment to exploring further applications. Discussions are underway to expand their additive manufacturing capabilities, potentially incorporating advanced materials and larger-scale 3D printing solutions.

Leveraging TriMech Group Synergies

Being a customer of Solid Solutions has granted Garmendale access to the broader expertise within the TriMech Group. This relationship exemplifies the benefits of integrated solutions across different business areas. Solid Solutions provided the foundational CAD software, while the TriMech Group’s extensive knowledge in additive manufacturing has guided Garmendale’s successful implementation of 3D printing.

Customers of one TriMech Group company can leverage resources and knowledge from across the group, fostering innovation and efficiency. For instance, Garmendale’s experience highlights how additive and subtractive manufacturing processes can complement each other, enhancing overall production capabilities without diminishing the need for skilled personnel.

Future Prospects

Looking ahead, Garmendale is keen to explore the full spectrum of additive manufacturing possibilities. The potential to incorporate scanning technologies for reverse engineering, as well as experimenting with advanced materials like TPU for flexible parts, is on the horizon. This journey is just beginning, and the company plans to revisit and expand its additive manufacturing initiatives, continually pushing the boundaries of what they can achieve.

Conclusion

Garmendale’s experience underscores the transformative power of additive manufacturing. By integrating 3D printing into their workflow, they have not only enhanced their production efficiency but also unlocked new possibilities for innovation. This case study serves as a testament to how businesses can quickly derive value from additive manufacturing, supported by the comprehensive expertise within the TriMech Group. Stay tuned as we continue to follow Garmendale’s journey and explore the limitless potential of additive technologies.

For more information on how your business can benefit from the synergies within the TriMech Group, visit www.trimechgroup.com and www.solidsolutions.co.uk.

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