3D printing technology helps save time and money for industrial-grade purifying equipment.
Kebaide Purifying Technology produces industrial-grade purifying equipment and filter cartridges. Kabaide’s oil, water, and gas filter cartridges cover a wide range of heavy-duty applications for diverse industries including automotive and industrial manufacturing.
The company specializes in designing customized parts to cater the specialized needs of their clients. Kebaide is currently supplying industrial-grade purifying equipment and cartridges to Baosteel, one of the largest and most advanced steel factories in China. While Kebaide is new to their industry, 3D printing technology has allowed them to optimize their industry practices and offer high standard quality products.
For the well-established purifying technology industry, most users have adapted to the standard line of products available. For Kebaide, 3D printing prototyping has allowed them to create customized parts, in addition to lowering the costs of standard equipment.
Before the usage of 3D printing, Kebaide struggled with:
1. Outsourcing. The involvement of a third party significantly impacted their production causing delays and increasing production costs.
2. Variation. The lack of specialized equipment yielded production of custom parts to be created by hand. Product variations had to be accounted for with each version.
3. Rejection. Designs were frequently rejected by manufacturing shops due to their lack of tools and the inability to create such a small production item.
After implementing Raise3D printing solutions, Kebaide was able to:
1. Optimize production. 3D printing solutions enable in-house rapid prototyping of components immediately reducing time and costs.
2. Create high quality products. By using 3D printing, special pieces and components were successfully created maintaining consistency of high-quality products.
3. Increase sales. Creating 3D printing scale models for display and exhibition contributed to increased sales and revenue.
Company: Shanghai Kebaide Purifying Technology Co., Ltd
Industry: Industry Purifying Equipment
Interviewee: Xie, Zengliang
Title: Sales Manager
How does the 3D printing manufacturing process work for Kebaide?
Kebaide Purifying Technology produces industrial-grade purifying equipment and filter cartridges. To begin a design, a tech staff member at Kebaide designs the original 3D printing model using CAD; then this is exported or converted into an STL file for use with 3D printing. Once designed, this gets printed on the in-house Raise3D N2. This initial model will be tested as they execute safety and fit tests. After passing initial testing, a completed functional 3D printing prototype will be made. If the piece is approved, it will go into mass production.
Another feature of 3D printing for Kebaide is the ability to create exact replicas at scale. By creating a small-scale 3D model, vendors can transport and display samples of the finished product.
What are the challenges that the purifying industry is facing?
The purifying industry is a long-standing industry that many clients have adapted to and regularly use. Most of these users only require a standard product, but for those requiring specialized and unique pieces, Kebaide can leverage their 3D printing tools.
Before implementing Raise 3D printing solutions, Kebaide outsourced all the production and prototyping to separate factories. Even for standard parts, the factory produced parts primarily through intensive skilled labor. This resulted in long delivery times and models also had a degree of product variations that had to be accounted for. Additionally, when producing specialty and non-standard designs, the requirements could easily fall outside of the factory’s capabilities. In cases like this, if the price or order of parts is too low, it’s very likely that these types of factories will reject the prototyping order.
What effective printing solutions did Raise3D provide for Kebaide?
Kebaide now uses a Raise3D N2 to rapidly-produce both standard and non-standard parts and prototypes for their clients. This innovative 3D printing technology is both quicker and cheaper than the alternative use of an outsourcing entity. With each part being produced through 3D technology, parts can be replicated the same way every time which significantly decreases the variation in products that are produced through outsourcing. In general, this can reduce the overall management costs for Kibaide in the EVT phases of design.
As an added benefit, Kebaide is better equipped to market and promote their products. With portable display 3D printing models, they have the ability to sell and present their products within the scope of a desk or a suitcase; vastly increasing the capability and flexibility of their sales force.