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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