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New Ideas Case Studies

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    Titanium Glasses using Metal Additive Manufacturing

    Eye Venture Ltd is using 3T’s metal Additive Manufacturing services to produce lightweight frames for their Aviator and Navigator styles in Titanium. Based in New Zealand, they are proud to have them ‘Made in England’ and have a solid partner for their exclusive eyewear range …

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    Plastic AM mass production of conference gifts

    Demonstrating the true production capability of plastic Additive Manufacturing together with our post-processing capabilities, we built and hand finished 2,500 identical awards in just 19 days, taking a total of 540 hours to build ...

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  • Snow Machine with Plastic AM Nozzle

    Snow machines benefit from Plastic AM

    Snow Business is using Plastic AM to produce the nozzles for their falling snow machines, taking advantage of 3T’s fast turnaround and finishing techniques, thereby saving them considerable time and expense compared to previous methods. The aerodynamic performance of the nozzle is enhanced, and they have the ability to quickly change and test a design …

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  • AM produces bespoke Garmin mounts

    AM produces bespoke Garmin mounts

    Whether cycling for pleasure or in a race or time trial, many cyclists use a GPS computer to monitor their performance, distance and speed, or for computerised navigation. However, a common problem is that the only place they can be mounted is on the vertical stem of the handle bars, making the screen very difficult for riders to see without looking directly downwards which isn’t particularly safe, especially when racing!

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  • Blue Peter UAV built by 3T

    Blue Peter UAV built by 3T

    BBC Research and Development and the University of Southampton worked together to develop a low cost solution for some of the BBC’s aerial filming requirements. The University approached 3T to join the project following on from the success of the previous partnership in 2011 which resulted in the world’s first AM plane.

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  • Gear change hydraulic actuator system

    Gear change hydraulic actuator system

    Designed for electronic twin-clutch gear change in a high-performance vehicle, the original gear change hydraulic actuator system was machined from two aluminium blocks and assembled using bolts. The hydraulic pathways were conventionally drilled and plugged, creating multiple right-angle bends. The brief was to review the part and redesign it to take advantage of the benefits of additive manufacturing.

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  • Personalisation of Titanium part

    Personalisation of Titanium part

    The tie clip was built in Titanium on an M280. The M280’s 400 watt laser meant the clip was built faster and with finer detailing than previous DMLS machines.

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  • Designswarm - plastic AM heats up for Utah Teapot

    Designswarm – plastic AM heats up for Utah Teapot

    Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino is an interaction designer & entrepreneur and we recently worked with her on the Utah teapot, which is a standard reference object in the computer graphics community. The complexity of the object lies in the different types of curves that make it up, and therefore make it one of the most difficult objects to learn how to build in 3D.

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  • RPG Manufacturing - model success

    RPG Manufacturing – model success

    RPG Manufacturing is a new company that makes miniature models for collectors, wargamers and role playing. They are focusing on producing accurate models and came to 3T to discover if additive manufacturing (AM) could play a part in producing models.

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  • Charnwood Dynamics - low volume, many iterations

    Charnwood Dynamics – low volume, many iterations

    Codamotion, the world leader in real-time movement analysis, wanted to manufacture ‘marker clusters’ in relatively small volumes and to have the ability to change designs quickly as new requirements dictated. The material utilised needed to be lightweight and robust as well as be able to be handled many times without deterioration of finish.

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