The Centre for Product and Process Development (ZPP) of ZHAW in Zurich specializes in innovative product development in mechanical engineering. Research focuses on innovative methods, tools and procedures for an efficient product development process. Through a combination of interdisciplinary technical and industry knowledge the economic feasibility of product ideas and visions can be clarified early. And of course, Additive Manufacturing is perfect in this process.
A prime example is the BICAR. To make a positive contribution to sustainability and climate change, the Share your BICAR AG, which is located in the ZHAW, took on the challenge of creating a sustainable Electric vehicle. Emission-free, the single-seater comes on three wheels and represents a suitable solution for urban mobility with weather protection and freedom from helmets.
ZHAW’s School of Engineering chose to use the large-capacity 3D printers from German RepRap GmbH. With the German RepRap x1000 3D printer, the ZHAW opted for an industrial 3D printer with an open platform. Since the end of January 2019, the machine is used primarily for functional integration, customization, lightweight construction and prototype production.
One of the most decisive advantages of the use of additive manufacturing technologies, such as the FFF process, is the high degree of design freedom. It enables the designers to develop completely new approaches in terms of design and function. “With traditional processes, components with complex structures and bionic shapes, as shown on the BICAR, are usually difficult or even impossible to make,” explains Adrian Burri, Managing Director of Share your BICAR AG. With the help of German RepRap’s 3D Printer, however, it is relatively simple, fast and has the right quality. In addition, companies benefit from shorter production times and lower costs. German RepRap offers an open material platform and the corresponding material diversity.
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