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Metrology Equipment Supplier Adopts 3D Printing Technology

To dimensional metrology equipment supplier MCE Metrology, the adoption of in-house 3D printing has brought more than just a surge in productivity and creativity. MCE Metrology wanted to take things further than just the supply of a standard measuring machine, by providing an experience guiding customers from the beginning to end of their journey when purchasing a dimensional metrology machine completely customized to their needs.

In order to deliver this service and fulfill customers’ expectations, MCE Metrology turned to 3D printing in the hopes it would provide a more efficient production process with increased versatility. Implementing a BCN3D Epsilon W27 3D Printer 6 months ago did just that, saving €10.000 per year in the process.

Pushing Boundaries of Dimensional Metrology

MCE Metrology Part Measuring Fixture

From its headquarters in Publier, France, MCE Metrology has been supplying dimensional measurement machines to customers in France and Switzerland since 1995, with the goal of providing a variety of different services with complete solutions. The company does so by providing maintenance, training, service programming, consulting and more, in an experience completely customized to each client’s needs.

During the process, they propose different machines, technologies and surrounding services to build a close relationship with their clients, with the goal of enabling them to use the appropriate technology with confidence. The company caters to all industries, from automotive to orology in the medical field.

While using traditional machining methods, MCE Metrology found that missing the vital step of prototyping was very limiting and caused problems. The team was in search of a method that could provide them with quick production and reliable materials.

Measuring Up To Expectations

3D printing entered MCE Metrology’s world through its state-of-the-art R&D department as a way of meeting specific demands from customers. It was crowned the solution to their problem because of its ease of use, which meant it could be used internally. Furthermore, in comparison to the 4 weeks required by traditional machining to deliver results, 3D printing cut that down to just 1 week. The team was pleasantly surprised by the extent to which speed, low cost, and creativity could be explored.

3D Printed CMM Part Fixture

MCE Metrology is currently using PLA, Tough PLA, ABS, soluble materials, and carbon fiber for its solidity, and is looking into starting to work with flexible materials for machine covers.

The benefits of 3D printing in this case undeniably stretch beyond making machines; with 3D printing, MCE Metrology can expand their available services and take their customer care to the next level.

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