Complex designs faster than ever.
CAD drawing of soon to be protoype.
Developing a customer need into a product requires an ability to verify concepts, validate designs and test function fast, a process made more efficient with CAD’s in-house Stratasys F370 3D printer. “Time is our only product, so it’s all about saving time to get to the next project,” said Hahne. “3D printing prototypes gives us the ability to fail fast. We can produce multiple design iterations quickly or change a product design overnight to meet a customer’s deadline. The parts are accurate and the process is dependable.”
The Stratasys F370 with GrabCAD Print™ software streamlines the team’s shared workflow and makes CAD even more responsive to fastmoving projects. “The Stratasys F370 prints quite a bit faster and we’re able to process projects quickly,” said Hahne. “We save time with GrabCAD Print and that’s a real cost savings to us.” The team not only benefits from the speed and ease of use but the ability to use materials that create high-quality parts. “Now we can run ASA and we absolutely love it,” Hahne said. “With ASA we can run 5-slice and print higher- resolution parts, which gives that ‘wow’ factor with our customers. 3D printing intricate housings in 5-slice was almost like an injection molded part when we were done.”
CAD specializes in creating complex surface geometry for the plastics industry
Continuous design improvement.
“We came up with an interchange system for the helmet to fit a neck brace better,” said Hahne. “We were able to print and test two different concepts before committing to tooling.” CAD also designed a new mount to hold a GoPro camera on the visor of the helmet. “Typically riders use a suction cup or tape to attach a camera to their helmet, but they don’t want to stick adhesive to a really expensive paint job. So we built a mount right onto the visor of our helmet,” Hahne said. “We 3D printed and tested it three times to determine the optimal position for filming.”
Render of CAD’s helmet redesign highlighting a new camera mount, neck brace piece and mouthpiece in blue.