The Vladimirsky Center for Glassware and Containers Uses the ProJet to Develop and Manufacture Glass Containers

"The ProJet 660Pro has allowed us to raise the bar on precision to a new height. The costs of its purchase were quickly recouped, thanks to the cost reductions it provides in product development and the emergence of new capabilities." - Ilona Kuzmina, Manager, The Vladimirsky Center for Glassware and Containers

Vladimirsky Center for Glassware and Containers est une société relativement jeune et très dynamique, qui propose l'ensemble du cycle de développement et de fabrication de récipients en verre, depuis l'esquisse et le modèle sur ordinateur jusqu'au moule et à la bouteilles en verre prête à l'emploi.

Défi

Meeting Customer Demand

Like other companies working in this industry, the company used to make their models for glass bottles by hand. Specialists used plaster, wood or Plexiglas if precision in a prototype was critical. This modeling technique was very time consuming at a time when the growing volume and urgency of customer orders required a shift to more efficient methods.

Strategy

Automate Prototyping

After studying existing technologies, management decided to purchase a 3D printer, a special type of equipment for making molds, which reduces the time required to create a physical 3D model to one or two days.

Vladimirsky Center for Glassware and Containers est une société relativement jeune et très dynamique, qui propose l'ensemble du cycle de développement et de fabrication de récipients en verre, depuis l'esquisse et le modèle sur ordinateur jusqu'au moule et à la bouteilles en verre prête à l'emploi. Cette société a choisi une imprimante ProJet® 660Pro, qui effectue des impressions dans une large gamme de couleurs, ainsi qu'avec du noir plus profondément saturé. Le fait que la chambre de fabrication de l'imprimante ProJet 660Pro soit la plus grande de tous les systèmes comparables a été le facteur décisif. Les bouteilles produites par le Vladimirsky Center for Glassware and Containers ont une hauteur qui atteint 35 cm et il aurait été impossible de réaliser un prototype de bouteille de cette taille avec d'autres imprimantes.

L'imprimante ProJet 660Pro utilise la technologie d'impression 3D à jet d'encre, qui construit le modèle selon des couches très minces. Chaque couche du prototype est solidifiée à l'aide d'un liant spécial.

The raw material is a high-performance composite resin powder. The printer software divides the computer model into layers 0.1 mm thick, and then the actual printing process begins. The lifting platform, which forms the bottom panel of the chamber, is raised and its surface is covered with a thin and even layer of build material. The print head, similar to the print head on a document inkjet printer, applies a special adhesive binder to the parts of the surface that are to form the bottom layer of the product. The liquid solidifies immediately, gluing the powder in the precise locations. Then the bottom platform lowers slightly, a new layer of powder is spread on top of the previous layer, and the process continues. As it is being formed, the prototype is constantly surrounded by powder which provides support to the individual parts of the prototype. This is important because the printer can print objects with very fine details. All of the unused build material is automatically removed from the chamber and recycled for subsequent use.

Il est possible d'imprimer en 3D presque tous les modèles créés avec un programme de CAO 3D, y compris ceux qui présentent une géométrie complexe. L'imprimante ProJet est également capable d'imprimer plusieurs modèles simultanément, ce qui réduit considérablement le temps de développement des produits finis.

Résultats

An Irreplaceable Colleague

The new ProJet 660Pro has allowed Vladimirsky to raise the bar to a new height of precision and, at the same time, reduce the cost of developing new products. With innovative 3D printing technology, the Vladimirsky Center for Glassware and Containers can fully meet the needs of its customers in developing glass bottle designs.

Vladimirsky has also expanded the range of its products and its applications for 3D printing. Now the company not only creates an exact model of the bottle, they can cork the physical models, apply labels, and customers use these models to adjust and regulate the filling line.

The cost of purchasing the printer was quickly recouped, thanks to the reduced time required for the manufacture of the models and the emergence of new capabilities for the company. "With the ProJet 660Pro, we are able to produce prototypes for even the most unusual ideas in literally a matter of days," said Ilona Kuzmina, manager of the Vladimirsky Center for Glassware and Containers.