Streamlined Manufacturing and Increased Flexibility at Spring SRL with FDM

Italy-based, Spring SRL was founded as a concept development and prototyping house and has established itself as a pioneer in advanced tooling and manufacturing solutions. After years of using traditional manufacturing for concept development and prototyping, Spring SRL faced challenges in meeting customer demand for larger quantities with shorter turnaround times.

Using traditional methods, a project calling for composite molded tooling for motorcycle fender supports required a labor-intensive aluminum tool that demanded lengthy machining and lead-times that could quickly escalate from weeks to months. This and inevitable design iterations led to rising costs, and once machined, tools like this one were often heavy and unwieldy to handle and store.

3D printed motorcycle rear fender support

The final rear support part.

“Using FDM for composite tooling provides us greater design freedom and more rapid iteration, regardless of part complexity.”

Fabio Gualdo, Spring SRL