Aguilar Industrias Metálicas Improves Production Using Raise3D Printers
“I can think of an idea and send it to print” – Javier Aguilar, Manager
In pursuit of becoming the best FFF 3D printer in the world, Raise3D has ensured that every innovation or upgrade we execute is something that would delight an industrial engineer or machinist. The R&D put into creating the award-winning Pro2 series 3D printers is from years of listening to our customers. So, when a manufacturer or engineer talks about their challenges, production demands and some cool ideas they have, we listen. And then, we perfect our 3D printers to bring them a successful solution. But even so, it’s a great feeling and an honor we never take for granted when a progressive manufacturing company like Aguilar chooses a Raise3D printer as their first step into 3D printing and additive manufacturing. That’s why this particular case study is so interesting (and can we just say it?) makes us really proud of what we build and the reason we are constantly striving to make 3D printing with Raise3D even better.
With headquarters in Alboraia, Spain, Aguilar Industrias Metálicas has been in the business of fabricating metal parts, components and prototypes for the manufacturing sector since 1977. With their openness to explore progressive and innovative techniques like additive manufacturing and 3D printing, they have experienced great growth in the last two decades in the regions of Valencia, Catalonia, and the Basque Country. With Continuous Improvement as their goal, they have adopted new materials and flexible manufacturing to improve their production process and profitability.
Javier Aguilar, the company’s manager, has followed the development of the Additive Manufacturing industry for more than 15 years, thanks mainly to his interest in keeping informed about any progress that may impact the professional activity of his company.
“We usually attend specialized conventions in our sector to be aware of the news that’s coming out” says Javier, who acknowledges that it was in one of these events where they fixed their attention on 3D printers.
Applications of 3D Printing in Parts Manufacturing
Aguilar first explored 3D printing to accelerate product development and innovate with design. They researched several printers with the main criteria being to look for one with reliability, accuracy and strong customer support for their learning curve. They chose the Raise3D Pro2 Plus with FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) technology, an excellent large format work-horse that is geared towards professional and industrial use. At a great price point, ($4000 for the Pro2 and $6000 for the large volume Pro2Plus) it was a smart investment, almost instantly saving the company time and money and diversifying its capabilities.
“In AGUILAR INDUSTRIAS METÁLICAS we don’t stop innovating. We recently acquired a Raise3D printer to print parts up to 305x305x605 mm. This technology allows us, before launching a product to manufacture, to have a functional sample to teach our customers.”
Their applications for this 3D printer:
- Rapid creation of prototypes- true to scale, enlarged or smaller
- Validation tests
- Color printing- Even 2 colors thanks to the dual extruders.
- Flexibility of using various materials- PLA, ABS, PC, PETG, PVA, Wood & Fiber-filled
- Ability to print large volume up to 12×12×23.8 inch / 305×305×605 mm
“With the Raise3D Pro2 Plus, we can see and use a piece before launching it at series production.”
Prototyping with Additive Manufacturing
The ability to quickly produce new parts and prototypes in unique designs and materials was what got them to incorporate Additive Manufacturing into their company. “With the Raise3D Pro2 Plus, we can see and use a piece before launching it at series production,” says Javier, who acknowledges that this was his first time purchasing a 3D printer, and his first experience directly working with additive technology. Aguilar Industrias Metálicas has experienced a clear reduction in production times. By incorporating Raise3D’s printers, they have been able to create more diverse prototypes that are quicker and cheaper.
Improving Production with Raise3D Printers
“In the past, after we designed a part and it was time to manufacture it, we were faced with the inconvenient possibility that there might be other productions ahead of ours, so we would have to wait for the right moment to put it in… and that could delay manufacturing, and it might be 2 or 3 weeks until we could touch the piece”, says Javier. “Now we have shortened the product development time.”
Currently, in addition to its traditional activity, Aguilar Industrias Metálicas has a parallel business line consisting of the design, manufacture, and sale of products for decoration, homes, gardening, and trophies through the internet.
“It’s in this line of business that we use the Pro2 the most, because it’s not the same to see it on a computer. We need to see it physically to know how it works and if it meets expectations,” says Javier, enthusiastic to highlight the benefits that come from having the printer run 24 hours a day and managed online. “I have an idea and I print it. I arrive at the office on Monday and I have the piece” he concludes.
“I have an idea and I print it. I arrive at the office on Monday and I have the piece.”
3D Printing in the Future
Javier says he will continue working with Additive Manufacturing and with Raise3D in the future. He is primarily focused on developing new products and not so focused on full-scale manufacturing of metal parts at the moment, although he says that he will be “attentive to the Additive Manufacturing market” as it develops in the future.
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