The company has big ambitions when it comes to product designing for the creation of windows, doors, conservatories, decking, and fencing for specialist fabricators and installers. With more than 50 registered patents and a Queen’s Award under its belt, 3D printing is pretty much at the heart of their success.
Liniar had been using a Stratasys Objet260 Connex3 for nearly six years, and recently acquired the F370 to ramp up their capabilities. “3D printing has become an integral part of our design process. I think we’d be lost without it now,” said Tom Roberts, Design Manager at Liniar. While the Connex3 offered precision multi-material printing in a spectrum of colors, the F370 will allow Liniar to produce functional parts that can withstand vigorous testing.
We can design products, assemble them, make some changes, re-print it, and try it again, all in the space of a day.
Some of the products that Liniar produces can be very big, like doors, windows, and decking, and need features like screw ports and clipping features. With the 3D printed parts, Roberts and his team can screw together full assemblies as they would like end-use products and know that it works.
When we’re designing a new product suite, the tooling can be into the hundreds of thousands of pounds, particularly for extrusion – it’s very expensive. So for us to have that confidence before we go cutting steel is ideal.
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