Following the success of the DMLS Inconel crucible clips — but seeking lower costs and faster, more predictable lead times — Louis Croisetière Ph.D, Founder of Nieka Systems, decided it was time to bring manufacturing in-house. He sought to reduce outsourcing costs and improve lead times, but wanted a solution that would be safe, easy to use, and within his budget. After a thorough look at the 3D printing market, Louis and his team chose the Markforged Metal X system and two composite 3D printers. Nieka Systems selected Markforged for its track record of producing successful 3D printers, emphasizing that “Markforged had a market-ready solution and years of business experience.” Nieka was quickly able to adapt their previous design for the crucible clip and easily print it in Inconel 625 on the Metal X system. The clips have already demonstrated their value after passing Nieka’s internal testing and are now standard in global production units.
Since introducing two types of Markforged high-strength 3D printers to the facility, Croisetière and his team have seen a change in how far they are able to push their product’s design. From composite prototypes to 3D printed Inconel 625 production parts, all of their printers are used across the business. “It’s reduced assembly time for us, and we have none of the design limitations we would have had if we used traditional methods,” said Croisetière. The team can now print the same batch of parts in house 10x cheaper and in four days instead of waiting up to four weeks, and they have saved $108,000 CAD (~$80,000 USD) on part costs alone within a year.