Kratzer Optimizes In-House Fixture Production with Additive Manufacturing
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.
With the in-house Stratasys Fortus 450mc Production 3D Printer, Christian Maier and his team can now produce fixtures for their machines in hours instead of days.
“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 a 90% time savings.”
Christian Maier, Kratzer GmbH & Co. KG