Zipper Manufacturer YKK Cuts Product Development Time with PolyJet 3D Printing
In an increasingly global and competitive marketplace, YKK Europe Ltd. (YKK) is leading the assault on product development times with PolyJet technology. Sacrificial die block inserts for injection mold tools that previously took a week or more to make in the company’s busy machine shop now take just one to two hours with additive manufacturing.
While the company is world-renowned for its zipper solutions, YKK produces a full range of fasteners including hook-and-loop tapes, plastic buckles, snaps, buttons and more.
Functional 3D printed demonstrator models enhance YKK’s presentation at exhibitions around the world.
“The capability of the machine is ideal for our requirements and has proven to be an irreplaceable part of the R&D process.”
Mark Davies, YKK Europe Ltd.