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Summary. Best 3D printed tools are revolutionising the tool manufacturing industry. With rapid creation, reduced costs, and precision, they address both modern and obsolete tool needs. Central Scanning offers efficient, tailored solutions, ensuring toolmakers stay ahead in today’s fast-paced technological landscape.


Tool makers, it’s time to embrace 3D Printing.

Keeping ahead of the game.

At a time when technology is racing forward at a breakneck pace, for toolmakers, keeping up with the pack can be difficult.

Nowhere is this more prevalent than in the world of travel.

The design and mechanics – inside and out – of cars, trains and planes are constantly evolving. Models are becoming faster, more energy efficient, and streamlined. Each new piece of kit requires its own set of unique tools.

When a job needs doing yesterday, the tools need to be ready to use there and then, or you risk the chance of losing your customers.

This all comes down to availability.

Designers and creators take time to design and create new tools using traditional methods – they test them and then ship them. If the tool is wrong, they must repeat the process all over again.

The thing is, it’s no easy ride to maintain older modes of transport either.

When working with older vehicles, it’s a given that parts are replaced – new and old working side by side. So, what happens when the original parts start to fail?

Manufacturers no longer produce the tools for those components, making them hard to find or even non-existent.

Whether it’s restoring a classic car, maintain a working train or fixing a vintage airplane – if the tools aren’t working, neither is the vehicle.

This is where 3D Printing is saving Tool Manufacturers.

So how does a tool manufacturer keep up to speed, and at the same time maintain impeccable quality?

The fastest and most effective way to have a tool at your disposal is to 3D print it…

If a piece of machinery needs an obsolete or hard-to-find tool, Central Scanning’s ZEISS Comet Compact L3D2 can capture the part’s dimensions. 3D printed tools are the best solution.

At every step, Central Scanning brings your ideas to life.

By using reverse engineering, we design a unique tool to fit the component. We then print it with Central Scanning’s state-of-the-art 3D printers, making it ready to use within hours.

We make all parts of the tool or fixture from durable thermoplastics and/or resins.

We can mix the resins to achieve a wide range of shore harnesses or colours. We can also reinforce some of these plastics with composite fibres to enhance strength and reduce flexibility.

Moreover, we check the parts dimensionally against the printed file to ensure they meet the required tolerances. Reports can be as simple as a basic dimensional colour map to measuring specific features on a part.

Are you still questioning why 3D printed tools are the best option?… it’s time for the bullet points…

  • Speed – A tool can be produced in hours, saving money on material – retaining clients in the process.
  • Cost – 3D printing a tool means that labour cost and shipping costs reduce immensely.
  • Intricacy – using the pinpoint accuracy of Central Scanning’s 3D printers, more complex tools can be built quickly and checked immediately to make sure they are within tolerance.
  • Waste Control – building a tool with a 3D printer to a specific spec means less material is wasted.
  • Environment – Less energy is used to 3D print a tool, than creating one using slower, more traditional methods.

The quality of our equipment and hardware, together with highly skilled engineers, means we can provide a premier level of expertise alongside cutting-edge technology.

As well as undertaking the printing, Central Scanning can also help guide the customer through from their designs and initial concepts, all the way through to the finished product. 3D printed tools are the best option, but if you are still unsure, get in touch with us.

Our goal is simple… to develop close working relationships with our clients so we can provide an attentive, professional and efficient service.

Tool makers, it’s time to get ahead of the pack – call Central Scanning today about our 3D printing service and start to turn your wildest dreams into a solid reality.

We 3D Scan, We 3D Print, We 3D Care….