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13.02.2017 Weighing systems employ 3D printed parts

KSE Process Technology, Bladel, the Netherlands, at the end of 2016 started using 3D printed parts for its ALFRA dosing and weighing systems. Initially this decision was taken in order to reduce production times. “The designs and drawings were ready and the delivery time of the parts was simply the shortest when printed in 3D”, said Michiel Willemse, manager mechatronics development at KSE. “In addition to that, the costs for the 3D parts are competitive compared to the conventional ways of producing”.
This is not the only benefit for the company. “We supply various machines, each with its unique features. This means one and the same part can differ per machine. By using 3D printing, we can produce very flexibly. This allows us to deploy developments much better and faster in a shorter time”, Willemse added. KSE sees a lot of future opportunities for 3D printing. With a brand new assembly hall (see EBS News for the week of 9 January) and many product innovations, it continues to invest in the future to meet customer requirements. 
3D printed parts save KSE time and provide for greater production flexibility

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