For Tecalum Industrial, implementing 3D printing into their day-to-day activities resulted in a great return on investment. Not only they significantly reduced the cost of producing customized tooling, jigs, and fixtures but they also save a remarkable amount of time by fabricating these parts in-house.
Tecalum Industrial is a company based in Girona, Spain, specializing in manufacturing aluminum products for the industrial sector for over 40 years. In order to produce these parts, which they design from scratch according to the needs of each customer, they need some very specific jigs and fixtures, custom made for every mold they work with. In the beginning, they used to commission an external vendor to produce mechanized tooling, such as nylon clamps, for them.
However, this was an expensive and slow process, involving waits of weeks at a time in order to receive the parts. Because of these disadvantages of externalizing the production of their customized tooling, they had been thinking about implementing additive manufacturing at their facility for quite some time when, finally, in 2017 the plethora of 3D printing success stories convinced them and they purchased their first Sigmax 3D printer from BCN 3D.
Today, Tecalum Industrial owns four Sigmax 3D printers, all operating non-stop in order to keep their production moving. In the first year of implementing 3D printing, they registered the cost per piece of every tooling, jig, and fixture 3D printed and compared it with what the cost would have been if they kept on working with the external vendor. According to their numbers, they saved the whopping amount of almost 25.000€ in just 12 months.