Custom fixtures fast.
Germany-based, Kratzer GmbH & Co.KG (Kratzer), a family-run business since 1962, works to make customers’ complex needs a reality, rapidly sourcing precise parts across a wide range of industries. Kratzer specializes in the production of custom, highly complex turned, milled, honed and ground parts, from dental implants to automotive brake housings to aerospace parts. According to Christian Maier, fixture construction division manager and training supervisor, Kratzer is the go-to company for rapidly sourcing such precise parts.
“Our manager reviewed new technologies that would ensure we kept pace with change and serving our customers’ needs,” Maier said. “He quickly saw an advantage in additive manufacturing. Considering our requirements for larger build-tray size as well as high- quality, precise part production, we found the Stratasys Fortus 450mc an ideal fit for us.”
Quick customization means more time saved.
The ability to 3D print highly complex, customized fixtures for laser devices and engraving machines has had a considerable positive impact on in-house production and timing.
We traditionally produced our fixtures on our milling machines, which took up a lot of time and held up production throughput. Since the installation of our new Stratasys 3D printer, we can have the fixture ready the next day, which results in 90% time savings.”
Producing fixtures in hours instead of days.
With the Fortus 450mc, Kratzer is able to produce durable fixtures with complex geometries without compromising quality. While printing most parts out of polycarbonate and ABS, ULTEMTM resin material has also proved to be invaluable for certain production requirements, particularly fixtures that must withstand extreme temperatures or resist chemical solutions.