Streamlining development efforts with an efficient and cost-effective filament extruder
In July 2018, Sika Automotive approached 3devo to explore the possibility of extruding SikaBaffle® filament using one of our machines. Our Composer 350, which can process medium melt flow index polymers, successfully extruded SikaBaffle® filament without affecting its chemical composition. In parallel, our presence in Europe meant that we could offer Sika on-demand support with their filament making needs. The company added a Composer 350 to their production facility in December 2018, together with the German RepRap 3D printer that had produced good results with SikaBaffle® parts.
With the help of the Composer 350, Sika Automotive has significantly upgraded their prototyping and production workflow. To begin with, the filament maker has enabled them to take complete control over acoustic parts design and development. The ability to 3D print their designs in-house instead of relying on third-party injection molding or water jet cutting facilities, has dramatically reduced lead times. Cavity sealers that once took 4-8 weeks to develop, are now produced within 2-5 days’ time.
In-house 3D printing has also enabled Sika to test prototypes physically rather than on a screen. Many SikaBaffle® components now require fewer engineering change iterations, further optimizing and streamlining pre-series production. Last but not the least, our intuitive and user-friendly machine ensures an efficient workflow, and enables Sika to dedicate time and resources towards making new advancements in automotive design.