7,5 times lower cost of tooling production
The German company Meyra – one of the world’s most renowned wheelchair
manufacturers and rehabilitation equipment suppliers – verifies the quality of wheelchair components using dimensioning tools. Until now, these parts were made using traditional manufacturing methods on a CNC machine. The company has recently decided to verify the possibilities of 3D printing technology.
The company’s goal is to produce elements as accurate as possible to ensure that all parts of a wheelchair perfectly fit together. Therefore, the dimension verification phase is so important. At this stage of manufacture, parts that do not meet specified diameter or bending angle standards are discarded. As a result, only elements that meet all the criteria, including dimensions, are included in the final assembly.
Thanks to the very high 3D printing precision, it was possible to produce dimentioning tools in additive manufacturing technology. For the highest dimension accuracy, parts are made using PET-G-32.
Prior to making the final decision to buy a 3D printer, Meyra is verifying the effectiveness of 3D printing solutions in its production plant in Germany.
Comparision of manufacturing costs
(FFF 3D printing)
|COST||150 EUR||20 EUR||86%|
|PRINT TIME||11 h|
|MATERIAL COST||20 EUR|
|THE BIGGEST ELEMENT||270 mm|
As a subsidiary of the financially strong and successful Medort Group, MEYRA is one of the world’s best known and most successful manufacturers of wheelchairs and suppliers of rehabilitation aids. The phrase “We move people” is more than just a claim, it’s MEYRA’s philosophy and it determines how they do business. The company supports and motivates disabled people and allows them to be mobile and independent.