Menu
Unilever's 3D printers cut prototype production time by nearly half

Unilever's 3D printers cut prototype production time by nearly half

Using 3D printing, Unilever has streamlined its manufacturing process for moulds that help make its household goods packaging.

Unilever has almost halved production time for its well-known household care and laundry goods packaging moulds using Stratasy's 3D printing.

The firm, which owns brands like Surf, Comfort, Hellmanns and Domestos, has seen a 40 percent time reduction since using Stratasys Objet500 Connex Multi-material 3D production system to produce moulds for bottle caps, closures and toilet rim blocks in its Italian factories.

Stefano Cademartiri, computer assisted design and prototyping specialist at Unilever, said that using 3D printing, Unliever "can design and print a variety of injection moulds for different parts that can undergo functional and consumer testing, all on the same day."

Before, the production team would have to wait several weeks before prototype parts were ready using the traditional tooling process.

"Not only would this lengthen lead times, it would also increase costs if iterations were required. With 3D printing we're now able to apply design iterations to the mould within a matter of hours, enabling us to produce prototype parts in final materials such as polypropylene, 40 percent faster than before."

By using 3D printing, Unilever is able to bring production processes like thermoforming in-house, cutting labour costs as well as lead times.

"The technology has enhanced our overall manufacturing process, allowing us to evaluate our designs quickly and eliminate those that are not suitable, before committing significant investment towards mass production," Cademartiri added.

Stratasys, which is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, owns subsidiary MakerBot, the popular consumer 3D printer.

Unilever, which predominantly uses SAP across its international quarters, was the only UK firm to appear on the list of the world's 50 most innovative companies last year.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags PrintersperipheralsStrataUnilever3D printersi-mateStratasys

Brand Post

Featured

Slideshows

Reseller News Innovation Awards 2019: meet the winners

Reseller News Innovation Awards 2019: meet the winners

Reseller News honoured the standout players of the New Zealand channel in front of more than 480 technology leaders in Auckland on 23 October, recognising the achievements of top partners, emerging entrants and innovative start-ups.

Reseller News Innovation Awards 2019: meet the winners
Malwarebytes shoots the breeze with channel, prospects

Malwarebytes shoots the breeze with channel, prospects

A Kumeu, Auckland, winery was the venue for a Malwarebytes event for partner and prospect MSPs - with some straight shooting on the side. The half-day getaway, which featured an archery competition, lunch and wine-tasting aimed at bringing Malwarebytes' local New Zealand and top and prospective MSP partners together to celebrate recent local successes, and discuss the current state of malware in New Zealand. This was also a unique opportunity for local MSPs to learn about how they can get the most out of Malwarebytes' MSP program and offering, as more Kiwi businesses are targeted by malware.

Malwarebytes shoots the breeze with channel, prospects
Show Comments