Metal 3D printing allowed the manufacturer to produce complicated shapes which are very difficult to machine, if not impossible, and is more cost effective than casting for these small quantities. Once printed, the converters were immediately handed over for final assembly of the ball screws. The printed converters were determined to be a suitable alternative for KSK Precise Motion when dealing with non-standard or low-volume orders.
Thanks to the success of metal 3D printing in this project, KSK Precise Motion has expanded its portfolio of used ball converters. This expansion would not have been possible if it was not for the cost savings from metal 3D printing compared to the traditional machining. This project is a testament to the collaboration between established industry and emerging technology. Xact Metal was able to work closely with KSK Precise Motion to create a solution that met their specific needs and allowed them to optimize their production speed. Together Xact Metal and Additive Systems, the Xact Metal sales partner in Czechia, are proud to have been a part of this success story and look forward to continued collaboration with KSK Precise Motion and other industry leaders.