Wärtsilä Creates the World’s First 3D Printed CE-Certified Lifting Tool
Here’s the world’s first CE-certified 3D printed lifting tool that has been developed by Wärtsilä using their Markforged printer! The tool helps with the maintenance of engines on site and can lift a whopping 960 kg (with safety factor of 4)! Another way Markforged is helping redefine manufacturing.
960kg TESTED LIFTING CAPACITY
This innovation means the lifting tool can be manufactured using additive manufacturing, thereby eliminating shipment time and reducing warehousing requirements. It offers a lower cost than conventional one-off tools made for production purposes, and is significantly lighter and considerably more compact, making it easy to transport to commercial ships to service engines. By enabling the easy creation of specific tools for pilot projects, the new tool will speed up the introduction of new products and reduce their time-to-market.
The technology utilizes reinforced polymers for structural applications, such as lifting the piston and cylinder of a Wärtsilä 26 engine with a working load of 240kg. By combining the exceptional mechanical properties and lightness of Markforged’s carbon fiber reinforced filament, together with the innovative 3D printing design concept, the lifting tool is able to handle more than five times its working load.
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