Ultimaker Case Study: 3D printing alignment tools for serial production
For Carl Zeiss Optical Components, a subsidiary of Carl Zeiss Industrielle Messtechnik GmbH, precision matters – sometimes down to the hundredth of a millimeter. The company manufactures microscopes, multi-sensoric machines, and optical sensors for industrial measurement and quality assurance purposes. “This is not a very stable process, and that’s a problem for us. We were looking for a better solution, and found that solution in 3D printing,” Johannes Manager Operational Excellence at ZEISS, said. "The results were reliable, and the results are repeatable, that’s important for a stable production process." For ZEISS, 3D printing has decreased lead times from months to days, offering its team members extra time. Extra time means extra iterations, means extra assurance that final products will be perfect. There’s also the cost – what once was a €300 process now costs approximately €20 per 3D printed part.