Discover the impact of 3D printing within the gym equipment industry through our case study focus on ServiceSport UK and Photocentric resin 3D printing technology. Learn more about the efficiency gains, cost savings, and innovative solutions shaping the future of manufacturing for a UK business that is thriving with the use of additive manufacturing. Explore real-world examples of bespoke 3D-printed components that transformed ServiceSport UK's performance.
ServiceSport UK are specialists in the service, repair and maintenance of commercial gym equipment from all of the world’s leading manufacturers. They work with both private and public sector organisations and also some high-profile celebrities using gym equipment from their homes, currently looking after more than 1,500 sites across the UK.
ServiceSport UK faced challenges in obtaining gym equipment parts, as manufacturers couldn't provide replacements for items like joysticks and device holders. Some machine parts were obsolete, and reliance on the Far East proved unreliable, posing concerns for the company's carbon footprint.
ServiceSport UK has embraced additive manufacturing with investments in cutting-edge technology. They acquired an EinScan Pro HD Reverse Engineering Scanner and a Photocentric Liquid Crystal Magna 3D Printer from 3DGBIRE. Also recommended by 3DGBIRE, was the Photocentric UV LCD Hard Resin in black - utilised for its strength, making it ideal for high-force components like levers, joysticks, and device holders. The EinScan Pro HD Scanner excels with enhanced lights, making it suitable for dark and reflective parts, while the automated turntable workflow is perfect for small parts. The Liquid Crystal Magna 3D Printer boasts unmatched speed, volume, and cost efficiency, bridging the gap between prototyping and volume production, bringing end-use parts to a level comparable to injection moulding.
By incorporating scanning and 3D printing technologies, ServiceSport UK achieves reduced lead times and maintains stock of specific gym equipment parts independently of the original manufacturer. Additive manufacturing has significantly impacted their business, resulting in cost savings, time efficiency, and a reduced carbon footprint.
Utilising 3D technology, ServiceSport UK precisely clones original parts. Their 3D scanner ensures accurate measurements, facilitating efficient reverse engineering for an identical replica in the final 3D printed version.
The acquisition of a high-definition handheld 3D scanner empowers them to print virtually any gym equipment part promptly. Their team can design and print parts within hours, significantly minimising equipment downtime. Furthermore, all 3D-printed gym equipment parts undergo meticulous testing to ensure performance matches OEM standards.