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Fenner Drives 3D Prints Clog Prevention Screen in NinjaFlex Filament — Saving Thousands Yearly!

by • March 22, 2016 • No Comments

nin3If you are an engineer or have routine exposure to the engineering occupation, and so many most likely you have heard of Fenner Drives (a division of Fenner PLC). With producing facilities in the US and the UK, a global sales team present on six continents, and over 5,500 employees of the world, Fenner Drives has created a name for itself creating “value-adding, problem solving products for power transmission, motion transfer, conveying applications and 3D printing.”

A sophisticated range of reliable-bodied, high-quality components are created, manufactured and distributed by Fenner Drives, covering the climate control, data center, distribution center, and packaging markets with a range of product lines. These applications include belts, beltings, bushings and tensioners on the market in product lines such as Keyless Locking Devices, PowerMax Composite Solutions, and T-Max Tensioners. Fenner Drives is in addition in the business of producing 3D printing filament, which was not long ago utilized to 3D print a screen for one of its own extrusion lines — saving thousands in yearly maintenance costs.

nin1If none of the above products sound acquainted to those of you otherwise acquainted with 3D printing, it is additional most likely you may have heard of two of Fenner Drives’ other 3D printing-related product lines: Taulman 3D Nylon 645 & Alloy 910 Filament, and, a Fenner Drives favourite, NinjaFlex 3D Printing Filament. Whilst Fenner Drives collaborated with Taulman 3D on its Alloy 910 and Nylon 645 filaments, NinjaFlex is an in-house product line directly generated by Fenner Drives. Recently, Fenner Drives was able-bodied to experience the durablity of its own NinjaFlex filament and the convenience and cost-effectiveness of 3D printing parts when it took things into its own hands and 3D printed a clog-preventing screen part.

This clog-preventing screen’s function is to prevent material of clogging the oxygen control flapper, which is an significant piece of machine equipment for the reason it works across nine material vacuum transfer systems on Fenner Drives’ extrusion line. In fact, NinjaFlex, which claims it is the “industry major flexible filament,” is created of a patented and “specially formulated thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) material” with a “low tack, easy-to-feed texture.” It in addition has other key showcases which manufacture it “ideal for direct drive extruders,” including: a consistent diameter; smooth feeding of a low friction exterior; high elasticity; excellent vibration reduction; sturdy chemical and abrasion resistance; and excellent create platform adhesion and post-processing capabilities.

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Two other excellent showcases which we tend to discuss a lot when it comes to 3D printing are convenience and cost effectiveness. In fact, Fenner Drives reports which choosing to 3D print the screen in NinjaFlex saved the company a whopping $10,500!

How’s which for cost-effective, low maintenance parts replacement? Discuss in the Fenner Drives 3D Printed Screen forum over at 3DPB.com.