Metal 3D printing service provider 3DX Industries has achieved exceptional performance results from its series of production run parts manufactured for use by Alaska General Seafood’s (AGS). The parts were designed by 3DX for AGS as OEM replacement parts in their seafood canning line and are currently in use at the AGS facility in Alaska. The parts were manufactured using the ExOne metal binder jet additive process, with no post machining required.
Alaska General Seafoods (AGS) is a socially responsible seafood processing company that purchases fresh seafood from independent fishermen, who harvest their wild catch from sustainable fisheries in a responsible manner from the cold pristine waters of Alaska. AGS produces canned, fresh and frozen seafood and sells to wholesale customers around the world. Its seafood products are manufactured in processing facilities, which are certified for high-quality standards by both state and federal regulators and independent food inspection agencies.
“We are very excited about the look, feel and performance of the products being produced using binder additive metal printing. The time and cost savings to our customers continues to be a significant advantage over traditional manufacturing processes.”
Roger Janssen, President and CEO, 3DX Industries.
“Knowing these parts were going to be used in such a remote location under extreme conditions was a challenge that we were excited to address,” Janssen added. “Any shutdown in their processing facility due to these parts not meeting OEM standards was not an option. Knowing the strength of the finished product we were confident it would satisfy the demands placed on these parts.”
“We are very pleased with how these parts have performed during our production seasons,” said Karry Lattig of Alaska General. “They were in a high contact/high use section of our production line, and they performed beyond what we expected they would. After 2 full seasons under extreme conditions, there is virtually no wear on these parts, which in comparison to the original parts we were using is nothing short of exceptional. There has been no shut down required to remove and replace worn parts using the metal printed parts from 3DX which has not only saved us time but costs as well. We will continue to use 3DX Industries to supply us with new and replacement parts for our facilities as needed throughout the coming seasons.”