Business Wire

Eaton Launches New Metal 3D Printing Program to Reduce Development Time, Improve Efficiency

Share

Power management company Eaton today announced its Vehicle Group is implementing a new 3D metal printing program as a part of its Industry 4.0 strategy to reduce development time and improve efficiency. The first metal printer system was installed at the Kings Mountain, N.C., facility, and a global deployment of 3D polymer printing technology is slated to be completed by first-quarter 2021.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201021005571/en/

Eaton’s Vehicle Group reduced cost and development time using its 3D metal printing capabilities to produce this oil fill nozzle. (Photo: Business Wire)

Eaton’s Vehicle Group reduced cost and development time using its 3D metal printing capabilities to produce this oil fill nozzle. (Photo: Business Wire)

The 3D printers are being utilized to create high-quality fixtures, safety devices, automation grippers for assembly and handling, and maintenance components requiring replacement. Prototype development is following the same strategy to support faster product development trials and improve efficiency.

Improving output and efficiency

To speed up the design process, scanners are used to create 3D models of existing components. This process allows components to be reverse-engineered to better leverage 3D printing capabilities, including changing component design to use less material, the addition of different topography elements or consolidating multiple components into a single part.

As an increasing number of 3D printers are deployed across the globe, Eaton’s Vehicle Group has been realizing further operational improvements including lead-time reduction and cost savings.

The 3D printing technology adds material only where it is needed and allows more advanced designs to be developed. Together, these two factors reduce the amount of post-processing operations needed while reducing material cost.

A closer look at 3D printing

The process to print metal parts and components begins with powdered metal stored in a rod and held together by wax and a polymer binder. Similar to extrusion, the metal is melted, and the 3D printer begins to add layer after layer, based on its programmed schematics.

Once the printing process is complete, the part or component is run through a chemical bath to remove most of the polymer binder. The part then goes through a furnace to remove the remaining wax and polymer, and to fuse the metal material in a high-density structure. Depending on what the printed part or component is to be used for and which material it was printed with, an additional heat treatment process can be performed to increase part strength even further.

The total lead time to get a component printed depends on several criteria, including the size and intricacy of the part. Depending on the part or component design and required tolerances, it also can undergo post-processing. The debinding operation and heat treatment are done in batches, with several different components going through these processes together while the next components are being printed. Although the printer, debinding and furnace work in an integrated loop, there is flexibility to increase the number of printers without having to duplicate either the debinding or furnace.

Going forward, the Vehicle Group’s 3D printing capabilities will be used to further reduce production time and drive efficiency. Learn more about the Vehicle Group’s Industry 4.0 technologies and benefits.

Eaton’s mission is to improve the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. We provide sustainable solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical power – more safely, more efficiently, and more reliably. Eaton’s 2019 revenues were $21.4 billion, and we sell products to customers in more than 175 countries. We have approximately 92,000 employees. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.

Contact information

Thomas Nellenbach
thomasjnellenbach@eaton.com
(216) 333-2876 (cell)

About Business Wire

Business Wire
Business Wire
24 Martin Lane
EC4R 0DR London

+44 20 7626 1982http://www.businesswire.co.uk

(c) 2018 Business Wire, Inc., All rights reserved.

Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is the global leader in multiplatform press release distribution.

Subscribe to releases from Business Wire

Subscribe to all the latest releases from Business Wire by registering your e-mail address below. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Latest releases from Business Wire

Takeda Completes Sale of Select OTC and Non-Core Assets to Celltrion in Asia Pacific1.12.2020 00:00:00 CETPress release

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) (“Takeda”) today announced the completion of its previously-announced sale of a portfolio of select products to Celltrion Inc. (“Celltrion”) for a total value of $278 million USD inclusive of milestone payments. The portfolio includes 18 pharmaceutical products and over-the-counter (OTC) products sold in Asia Pacific, which is part of Takeda’s Growth & Emerging Markets Business Unit. This divestment agreement was first announced in June 2020. The divested portfolio includes pharmaceutical products and OTC products in the Cardiovascular, Diabetes and General Medicine therapeutic areas, sold in Australia, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. The products, while addressing key patient needs in these countries and territories, are outside of the business areas Takeda has chosen as core to its global long-term growth. As part of the deal, Takeda will continue to manufacture the portfol

Celltrion Completes Acquisition of Primary Care (PC) Product Assets for Asia Pacific Markets from Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited1.12.2020 00:00:00 CETPress release

Celltrion (KRX:068270) has completed the acquisition of select primary care assets from Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (“Takeda”) in Asia Pacific, igniting efforts to strengthen its R&D capability in the global small molecule pharmaceuticals business. In June, the firms announced an agreement under which Celltrion would acquire 18 "Primary Care" product assets in the Asia Pacific area for a total of USD 278 million inclusive of milestone payments from Takeda. Celltrion proceeded with the acquisition process through its newly established subsidiary in Singapore, "Celltrion Asia Pacific Pte, Ltd."1 ("Celltrion APAC"). Upon completion of the acquisition, Celltrion APAC will assume the ownership of the rights to patents, trademarks, and sales of 18 products sold in 9 markets including South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia. The 18 products include prescription medicines such as Nesina (diabetes), Actos (diabetes), and Eda

Ipsen Receives FDA Fast Track Designation for Investigational Irinotecan Liposome Injection (ONIVYDE ® ) as a Second-Line Monotherapy Treatment for Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC)30.11.2020 22:58:00 CETPress release

Regulatory News: Ipsen (Euronext: IPN; ADR: IPSEY) today announced the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the company Fast Track designation for irinotecan liposome injection (ONIVYDE®) in study patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC) who progressed following a first-line platinum-based regimen, reflecting the unmet medical need. ONIVYDE® is currently approved in the United States and in Europe in combination with fluorouracil (5-FU) and leucovorin (LV) for the treatment of patients with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the pancreas after disease progression following gemcitabine-based therapy. ONIVYDE® is not indicated as a single agent for the treatment of patients with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. An ongoing Phase III randomized study (RESILIENT; NCT03088813) trial is being conducted to assess the efficacy and safety of investigational irinotecan liposome injection (ONIVYDE®) as a monotherapy for SCLC study patients who have progressed on or a

Amblin Partners Announces New Multi-Year Film Distribution Partnership With Universal Filmed Entertainment Group30.11.2020 22:00:00 CETPress release

Amblin Partners today announced a new multi-year film distribution partnership with Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, as well as a series of new agreements that chart a clear course for the next phase of growth for one of the world’s leading independent film and television studios. The new deals were announced this morning by Steven Spielberg, Amblin’s Founder and Chairman. Remarked Spielberg: “My decades-long relationship with Universal truly transcends any single business deal, and to once again renew our corporate vows reaffirms that Universal is Amblin’s home. In addition to Universal, we are blessed to continue forward with a global family of partners, including Alibaba, eOne and Reliance, each of which has supported us for many years and enabled our storytelling to touch the lives of millions of moviegoers around the world. I would also like to extend my deepest gratitude to my dear friends Jeff Skoll and David Linde for an incredible run as formal partners; and my congratula

Little Cinema Taps Verimatrix To Secure Hollywood’s Virtual Premiere Events30.11.2020 17:45:00 CETPress release

Regulatory News: Verimatrix, (Paris:VMX), the leader in powering the modern connected world with people-centered security, today announced that New York-based Little Cinema deployed Verimatrix Watermarking and Multi-DRM technologies for its virtual premieres and previews. A groundbreaking digital studio, Little Cinema has partnered with Netflix, ABC, CBS, HBO Max, and Warner Media to produce state-of-the-art virtual premiere events for an industry that used to rely solely on in-person debuts. To fulfill the enhanced protection requirements for this high-value early-release content, Little Cinema looked to Verimatrix and its Secure Cloud. These innovative and highly-interactive virtual streaming events have made waves in Hollywood, earning the studio recognition in BBC News, Vogue, Variety, Vanity Fair, The Hollywood Reporter, and more. “Verimatrix supplies us with the needed anti-piracy protections and overall peace of mind that Hollywood studios demand when switching to virtual events

Emory University to Host a Live Webcast With His Holiness the Dalai Lama30.11.2020 16:39:00 CETPress release

The Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics at Emory University will host a live webinar with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. A discussion titled “The Necessity of Compassion for the Survival of Humanity” will feature the Dalai Lama in conversation with Melani A. Walton, co-founder of the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent for CNN. (For speaker photos click here.) The webcast begins at 10:30pm ET on Dec. 8, 2020 (Dec. 9 @ 9:00am India Standard Time) and will be simulcast in 14 languages. It is FREE of charge and open to anyone who’d like to participate. Advance registration is encouraged at https://compassionshift.emory.edu. “With so many urgent concerns impacting our world, the time is right to start a global conversation about the importance of compassion,” said Lobsang Tenzin Negi, executive director of Emory University’s Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics. “For