Italian packaging company Goglio might not seem like the most obvious adopter of additive manufacturing production at first glance, as it works primarily in the manufacturing of flexible laminates, packaging machines and plastic accessories. However, the company has been working with 3D printing since 2016 and has successfully integrated the technology into its production workflow.
Founded in 1850, Goglio has extensive experience in the production of complete packaging systems and its longevity is owed in part to its commitment to staying up to date on new processes and technologies. 3D printing—and specifically 3ntr’s 3D printing technology—is one of the latest processes Goglio has adopted.
“Our relationship with 3ntr and 3D printing began in 2016,” said Olivier Gallati, Goglio Machine Development Manager. “At the time we needed to find an economically sustainable and qualitatively satisfactory solution to produce different pallets for different machines. We tried to use injection molding, but production volumes were too high to justify the costs, so we did a study and opted for 3D printing. We bought the first A2 3D printer in 2016 and a second A2 in 2017 to complement the existing one. Since we started using them, we practically haven’t turned them off.”
The partnership between 3nrt and Goglio evolved over the course of two years, though their goal was always clear: to produce end-use pieces for packaging machines. From the start, Goglio was committed to exploring the technology for production applications rather than just prototyping.
“Our focus from the beginning has been the production of final pieces,” said Gallati. “Obviously, we have also used the printers for tests, but 90% of the time, our printers are engaged in the production of components that are mounted on the machines that we sell to our customers.”
The adoption of 3D printing for end-use parts has also facilitated the production of custom packaging machines for clients—something which Goglio is known to offer. 3ntr’s 3D printing technology, along with the company’s expertise and support, have enabled Goglio to exploit the many benefits of AM, including design flexibility, low production costs and customization.
Currently, every machine produced by Goglio is equipped with at least a dozen 3D printed components, showcasing that the technology is not just a novelty but a vital element in Goglio’s production process. The case study reflects how AM can be successfully adopted to improve and enhance production workflows for end-use parts.