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RIZE, a Boston-based industrial polymer 3D printer manufacturer, has helped IRA Green Inc. (IGI), a contract manufacturer of military insignia, to save over $120,000 in production per year.
Headquartered in Rhode Island, IGI has developed and distributed approximately 40,000 custom uniform items and paraphernalia displayed by military personnel on an international scale. Its tool shop creates coining and blanking dies as well as small fixtures for welding and polishing. Bill Yehle, Manufacturing Manager at IGI and RIZE’s design team incorporated 3D printed parts and fixture nests to meet the growing demand of its products at significantly reduced costs. Yehle comments:
IMPLEMENTING - PRINTING - PART - A - STRATEGIC
“IMPLEMENTING RIZE 3D PRINTING AS PART OF A STRATEGIC PROCESS SHIFT HAS COMPLETELY TRANSFORMED OUR PRODUCTION PROCESS.”
Example military insignia produced by IRA Green. Photo shows a gold plated badge for an Aerial Navigator in the Navy. Photo via IRA Green Inc.
Fixtures - Fittings
3D printed fixtures & fittings
For over a year, IGI has been integrating additive manufacturing into its tool shop, and has so far produced an estimated 300 fixtures with the technology. Applying the RIZE ONE 3D printer, the items can be manufactured in 50 minutes at a cost of $2.00 per part. Prior this, new designs had to wait in a queue for several days before they could be made. Additionally, each fixture demanded 8 hours of CNC programming, and setup of pockets or contour electrodes for tool steel and wire EDM flat pockets, which costs $300 per part.
RIZE - ONE - Augmented - Polymer - Deposition
The RIZE ONE, which uses patented Augmented Polymer Deposition (APD) technology, is said to provide injection molded-quality parts, suitable for holding badges and insignia. The team can now produce several different versions of fixtures per day. IGI...
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