PETIT spare parts (PSP) is a trading company specialized in spares parts for textile machinery and loom. PSP provides spare parts all over the world and restores or designs specific parts on-demand specific, sometimes producing a single different object each time.
By adopting Zetamix 3D printing technology for ceramics, PSP was able to produce small series of ceramic parts for a price that traditional manufacturing cannot compete with. Indeed, according to Nanoe, the company that developed the Zetamix process, producing a rare spare part by injection molding would cost up to 500 euros whereas the cost of one Zetamix part is only 15 euros.
Outsourced technical ceramic objects involve the production of new mold and a minimum order of 100 parts, in addition to up to three months in terms of time requirements. Zetamix 3D printing allows printing ceramic part with a record low price, without any minimum quantity and a delay of only one week.
PSP on demand
In the textile manufacturing industry, looms and machines have to handle wires. With the increase of pace, thread guides in contact with these wires are more solicited and wear out very quickly. Wire guides must meet a double challenge: be wear and abrasion resistant while maintaining a good surface condition so as not to damage the wires. Ceramics, and in particular zirconia, are ideal for this application because they are abrasion-resistant, yet extremely smooth.
These objects can be easily made by injection molding or other processes, but Petit Spare parts needed a flexible and quick manufacturing solution. Indeed, industrials often use a unique or specific machine which needs on-demand parts. For this reason, the company cannot afford to involve a complete production line for a few of parts.
Moreover, PETIT Spare part makes a point of providing goods to their client as fast as possible. This is why the company needs to ensure that their stock can provide a wide variety of spare parts in order to meet their client needs in a record time. However, it’s simply impossible to have a full stock of parts that have specific requirements or are particularly rare spare. In these cases PSP has to ask for quotations from several sub-contractor, produce the object and ensure quality while providing the part within the set time.
The Zetamix ceramics 3D printing approach made these challenges easier to address. By using additive manufacturing for the production of small series and specific needs, not only do they save money and can offer a fairer price to their clients, but they were also able to improve the delivery service.