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Virtual Panel Event about Industrial Connectivity

Virtual event

17/05/2021(16:00-17:00)

This 60-minute virtual panel discussion between industry experts will explore the intersection of connectivity (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference

Virtual

15/07/2021

Join us on 15 July 2021 on the MVC Technology Presentation Hub and explore eight online seminar theatres. (more)

PPMA Show 2021

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

28/09/2021 - 30/09/2021

PPMA Show 2021 will be the UK’s largest ever event dedicated to state-of-the-art processing and (more)

Southern Manufacturing

Farnborough, Hants(GU14 6TQ)

06/10/2021 - 07/10/2021

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics is the most comprehensive annual industrial exhibition in the (more)

Advanced Engineering 2021

NEC Birmingham(B40 1NT)

03/11/2021 - 04/11/2021

Join us in our 12th and most important edition to date, as we invite engineers and management from all (more)

3D printed custom components from Tapeswitch

Back in 2013 Tapeswitch took delivery of its first 3D printer which was to be used as an integral part of the custom-product manufacturing process. The printer has been used for a multitude of special custom products to date. One of the first projects Tapeswitch undertook was a special custom bumper to be used at the Rutherford Laboratory as a guard to protect the synchrotron laser from damage whilst performing particle tests. The manufacturing process used the Solidworks 

3D software to re-create the base, fixing plate and also a template to make a silicone mould. The mould was then used to create the actual physical rubber bumper. Throughout the process the team has learnt and developed techniques which would be key to future developments and projects that came along.

The 3D software and printer has been used to assist in Tapeswitch’s own production methods and also has allowed the company to design end-caps and fixing solutions bespoke to the customers’ requirements. More recently Tapeswitch has been involved in bigger projects that require customer sensors to fit on to fork lift trucks, and a means of enhancing the safety systems without compromising on the overall look of the truck.

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