„I‘m sure the return on investment is already being realized simply by the time I‘ve saved.“
Thomas Peil makes the immense time saving clear in the following example: „Friday at the customer‘s, Saturday idea in my head and designed, Sunday the Mark Two printed, Monday the finished component was installed at the customer‘s! So far, I could fully rely on the technology of the Markforged 3D printers.“
Now you can make real multi-talented tools. For example, two metal ends are joined on one machine. These move exactly into position until they are flush with each other. Previously, the metal parts went directly to the light barrier – but that was too imprecise. Thanks to the interposed part, the position is now 10 times more accurate! The article-contacting surface of the movable onyx part is implemented with a simple insertion plate. This counteracts wear and is replaceable. The small shaft for the inserted part could not have been produced with conventional methods!
Peil Maschinenbautechnik works a lot with parts that are inserted or plugged into the component at a later date: Magnets with nut holders are screwed into the side of the article holder. They can be shifted in the groove on the inside and fixed with the square printed from Onyx (which also serves as an anti-twist protection for the nut). To prevent high wear, the same magnets are used to hold a spring steel plate on the front side, which comes into direct contact with the articles.