Manufacturer of advanced metal detectors, Minelab Electronics, was looking to extend the capabilities of the F3 Mine Detector to better meet its customer specific applications. In order to achieve this they were required to produce 500 pins. ARRK Australia and New Zealand offered Minelab to benefit from the Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM) process, reducing waiting time on the parts.
DDM is a rapid manufacturing process that uses rapid prototyping technologies to manufacture components directly from computer generated (CAD) data. This manufacturing process does not requires tooling so it is able to cut production time to days, and allows for greater design flexibility. DDM is an ideal solution for limited design or short run production or custom made products.
Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is the fastest growing Direst Digital Manufacturing method of all layered manufacturing systems and is now readily known as the method of choice when sourcing low volume digitally manufactured parts. In the case of Minelab Electronics, it took approximately 38 hours to build the 500 units at ARRK’s Adelaide SLS plant. Minelab Electronics were extremely pleased with the quality of the parts and the quick delivery. According to Cosmo Luppino, Mechanical Engineering Manager at Minelab Electronics the big benefit of using the DDM process was that the company was able to meets its customer’s delivery schedule.