Ultimaker S5 Printer in Engineering: MedTec create a model for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

Company

For nearly 40 years MedTec has provided a design, draughting and engineering service to organisations who lack their own in-house facilities, and a support service to those whose own staff are overloaded – a flexible workforce available at a moment’s notice to support the engineering community. MedTec have worked on a huge number of projects within the engineering industry. Providing design services for a vast range of industries including Oil and Gas, Aerospace, Automotive, Composite structures and M.O.D.

Industry

Engineering

Challenge

Since the early days of wind energy, MedTec has proudly been involved in the development of composite wind turbine blades, supporting the top players in the wind industry with their goals to achieve better performing blades; increasing efficiency across their blade range and driving down the cost of wind energy. MHI Vestas Offshore Wind approached MedTec to commission a 3D printed model of their wind turbine blade, for training purposes and to showcase at trade shows.

Solution

Using multiple Ultimaker printers, MedTec can achieve complex designs with improved 3D print performance. A 3D printed prototype a perfect way to showcase your idea in any design meeting, physically demonstrating your design intent, prompting discussion and providing the chance to identify any potential design issues from an early stage in the design process. Alternatively, 3D models of your final design is the perfect sales tool and great to keep as a record for any further design iterations.

“Using Recycled Materials - At MedTec we use a recycled PLA filament which still boasts the same great PLA features such as; low warping, limited smell and premium print quality - but with the added benefit of being produced from factory waste streams as opposed to virgin pellets. We can feel good about reducing the demand for natural resources and therefore saving the environment, whilst being confident that the print quality will still be one of the best on the market.”

Results

Due to the success of many projects this sector has grown in the past year to see MedTec taking on both a larger quantity, and tasks larger in complexity. We now have a relationship with clients where we are tasked with identifying process improvements, discussing requirements with engineers, and concept creation through to final design with the option of manufacturing support.

“Whilst working for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, I have developed an excellent working partnership with MedTec Design Services LTD, with respect to the design packages they have undertaken for the business. They function extremely well as an integral part of the development team for wind turbine blade production tooling projects. When I communicate the project requirements to MedTec, the feedback I receive gives me confidence that we have a mutual understanding of the design challenges, and that the solution can be developed without excessive intervention from myself. They have been innovative and value conscious, react positively to scope creep, and always keep sight of a project’s goals and objectives. I have also been impressed with their cost-effective manufacturing capabilities, and 3D printing facility for prototypes and production parts. MedTec represent an image of trust and integrity and I am delighted have them as local, go-to design consultants.” Paul Gilliam, Production Engineer - Tooling MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

About Ultimaker

Since 2011, Ultimaker has built an open and easy-to-use solution of 3D printers, software, and materials that enable professional designers and engineers to innovate every day. Ultimaker is the market leader in desktop 3D printing. From offices in the Netherlands, New York, Boston, and Singapore - plus production facilities in Europe and the US - its global team of over 400 employees work together to accelerate the world’s transition to local, digital manufacturing. The Ultimaker S5 is built to run continuously and maximize uptime. Its best-in-class technical specifications deliver performance you can rely on. Designed for your success, the Ultimaker S5 is part of the complete Ultimaker 3D printing solution – one trusted by hundreds of thousands of professionals worldwide.

About 3DGBIRE

3DGBIRE are the UK and Ireland’s premium professional 3D printing experts, supplying printers, service, support, training and other market-leading products within the 3D printing industry. We are focused on helping businesses integrate 3D printing into their workflow with the intention of reducing production costs, supporting manufacturing innovation and reducing lead times. Our team also offer 3D / CAD training. If you are considering adopting additive manufacturing into your business or would like to find out more, call 3DGBIRE, and speak to an expert.

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MedTec Ultimaker S5

Ultimaker S5 Printer in Engineering: MedTec create a model for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

For nearly 40 years MedTec has provided a design, draughting and engineering service to organisations who lack their own in-house facilities, and a support service to those whose own staff are overloaded – a flexible workforce available at a moment’s notice to support the engineering community.

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