April 2018 Newsletter - 3D Printing & Buying British
At EPS, research and development is a key aspect of enabling us to innovate and bring new technologies forward for our clients.
We have been using 3D printing since 2011, enabling a speedy turnaround of prototypes from their initial concepts to review. This further helps us provide a rapid iteration of what the look and feel of the end-product will be like and saves time in the development cycle.
An example of this is the LBS switch (Link Box Switch) which is used in distribution network operators' low voltage system. It is a fully automatic circuit switch enabling fast restoration of networks. When first developed a handle on the switch was designed to be smaller but once a prototype had been mocked up by the 3D printer, it was discovered it could not be operated by someone wearing high voltage PPE gloves.
Despite a design for the LBS switch being produced in CAD, this error was not determined until the 3D printed prototype was developed highlighting the benefit of having a physical preview to review as part of the production process.
We have just invested in an upgrade our 3D printer, a decision supported and made possible by the expertise of the Tri-tech team specifically Richard Bolam and Martin Kirk who were instrumental in ensuring we got the right machine for our needs. This will allow EPS to continue to innovate and invest in research and development meaning we can stay ahead with new technologies.
EPS are conscious of supporting local businesses and buying British made products where possible. This is part of the reason that we have moved to a British-built wash station by Stanton Marsh as not only is it the best on the market and industrially robust, it’s made in our neighbouring city of Derby! This new wash station is also environmentally friendly as it reuses it’s wash solution instead of disposing it after every cycle.
Do you require 3D printing assistance for a forthcoming project or require support with R & D? Contact us and we can discuss your requirements.