TOOLING MANUFACTURER BROWN & HOLMES EXPANDS MATERIAL OPTIONS WITH 3D PRINTING

3D Printing Industry | 3/4/2019 | Beau Jackson
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Tamworth-based tooling manufacturer Brown & Holmes has added two Stratasys 3D printers to its operations, sourced from UK-based reseller SYS Systems.

The 3D printers were acquired to expand the material choices Brown & Holmes offers to its various customers, and to replace parts used in its production solutions and fixtures. The company has also used the 3D printers to tailor and experiment with design processes.

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Mick Waller, Brown & Holmes Engineering Manager, said “Our customer base is looking at us now for newer and different materials beyond the conventional. There are over 17 materials we can print between the two Stratasys machines, which has meant that we can adopt the newer carbon fibre-type material to replace metal parts in our production solutions.”

“ANYTHING OUR DESIGN TEAM CAN MODEL WE CAN PRINT, SO IT’S GIVEN US OPPORTUNITIES TO BE MORE EXPERIMENTAL WITH DESIGNS AND PARTS THAT WE CAN MANUFACTURE.”

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Founded in 1939, Brown & Holmes offers workholding, automation, and machining services to various industries such as automotive, aerospace and construction.

SYS Systems, platinum partner of Stratasys, came into contact with Brown & Holmes in 2018 at the TCT Show. Soon after SYS Systems supplied Brown & Holmes with a Stratasys F170 and Fortus 450mc.

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SYS Systems is part of the Carfulan Group, a reseller and service provider comprising three precision measurement companies alongside SYS. As well as Brown & Holmes, the reseller has also previously supplied Rutland Plastics with a Stratasys Fortus 380mc Carbon Fiber Edition, and collaborated with Moog Aircraft Group, to qualify FDM 3D pritned aerospace-grade parts.

Rob Thompson, SYS Systems Sales Manager, explains: “We work closely with our customers on production systems that perfectly match their needs, and then to ensure that they are getting the very best out of whichever solution we’ve identified together.”

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