Our customer in the pharmaceutical industry needed help with developing a product for a medical-device mounting fixture. The product was relatively complex, comprising several advanced components that made assembly difficult. We presented what we considered the best solution – to mount the product upside down. The customer had difficulty visualising our solution, so we had to come up with a way of demonstrating what we meant.
During an early brainstorming session, our engineers came up with what turned out to be an obvious solution: buy a 3D printer and print some mock-ups so the customer gets to see and touch the solution. We immediately ordered our first 3D printer, and a week later we were able to convince the customer with the help of Graniten’s first-ever 3D-printed prototypes.
Using this process enabled us to shorten the product-development process by several weeks. Since then, we’ve used the printer in countless projects to illustrate hard-to-imagine solutions and to manufacture complex components. 3D printing is now a natural part of our development process.