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Fabio Gualdo
13 November 2018
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To enable the human being to reach the Space, and sail the Oceans, teams of the aerospace and aeronautic industry need to work with high performance materials, last generation technologies and continuous innovation process, reducing  time and costs of production. This is possible also thanks to Additive manufacturing.

Spring srl, with 20 years of experience in 3D printing , is the ideal partner for these teams, infact, this entreprise guarantees certified process and high-performance materials. The Vicenza-based company has achieved the certification AS 9100:2016 for the production of prototypes and functional components for the aerospace sector. Process quality and know-how enable  Spring srl to produce functional components suitable for critical production environments.

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Since the creation of 3D printing this technology provided only prototypes, but in the last 10 years the most innovative aerospace companies changed its use. Now additive manufacturing can produce functional components with materials such as ULTEM 9085, ULTEM 1010 and PEKK (ANTERO 800NA) to replace metals and composites.

ULTEM 9085, is a flame-retardant thermoplastic  V0 that with its FST (Flame, Smoke, Toxicity), Far 25.853 certification and chemical resistance is the best material for the aerospace sector. This thermoplastic is also extremely light, feature that enables weight reduction and fuel saving.

ULTEM 1010 is used for functional tests under extreme conditions, infact, it can withstand up to 216°C.

Spring srl has been the first company in Europe to produce parts in PEKK (ANTERO 800NA), the new thermoplastic of FDM technology (Fused Deposition Modeling).  This material is extremely resistant to high temperatures and chemical agents, for these reasons is suitable  for components exposed to hydrocarbons and  chemical fluids. Many spacecraft parts are realized in Pekk as equipment for shore-based support and to perform functional tests.

Spring srl owns the new professional 3D printing system: F900 certified AICS (Aircraft Interiors Certification Solution)  that provides the traceability of the production of components for the aerospace and aeronautic industry.

At present, Spring srl offers an extraordinary service of professional Additive manufacturing, producing monolithic parts by up 1 m 2.

The company is continuously evolving, putting the customer first and providing innovative solutions, qualitatively superior to those that are present in the market.

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Fabio Gualdo
5 November 2018
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Twenty years of experience in the motorsport sector, taking Formula 1 and Moto GP teams to victory.

Spring Srl is the evolution of 3D printing service. The Italian company, which was established in 1998, has earned itself a reputation for its fast turnaround time and its technical and qualitative approach. As well as producing functional parts using the top additive manufacturing systems, it helps its clients optimise and re-engineer their components to guarantee maximum performance in minimum time.

Spring Srl has a reputation in Italy and overseas as a company that can take you to victory. It manufactures direct use parts, spare parts and low-volume production. It gives more flexibility to designers, engineers and technicians, dramatically cutting production time.

It has done ground-breaking work in 3D printing of soluble cores and equipment for carbon processing. “Soluble cores are made using thermoplastic materials such as ST-130 or ULTEM SUPPORT – explains Fabio Gualdo, co-owner of Spring Srl. – The newest alterative for hollow composite parts is FDM soluble cores. Composite is wrapped directly on a core that is dissolved away after the part has cured. This approach eliminates all tooling, which makes one-day delivery possible and design revisions practical.” Thanks to this particular production technique, the company is able to produce complex and highly precise geometries, something that would not be unthinkable using conventional technologies. “We recently produced a mould for carbon using a high-performance thermoplastic material. The geometry was complex, but our experience and hard work meant we were able to bring the project to a success conclusion” – explains Fabio Gualdo.

The company offers an extensive range of materials which includes technical thermoplastics such as ULTEM® 9085 and ULTEM 1010, which are used because of their outstanding strength, their heat resistance up to 220C° and the fact they are self-extinguishing. The company recently introduced PEKK, a new material it uses with its systems. This thermoplastic has extremely high chemical resistance, so is ideal for parts which come into contact with hydrocarbons, aggressive liquids or petrol.

“We are the first company in Europe to produce large monolithic parts (36 x 24 x 36 inches) in Nylon 12CF™ (carbon-filled thermoplastic) – continues Fabio Gualdo. – The material is comprised of a blend of Nylon 12 resin and chopped carbon fiber, at a loading of 35% by weight, which makes it one of the strongest and most flexible thermoplastic materials used in the world of additive manufacturing and one with the highest strength-to-weight ratio. Give its outstanding technical characteristics, it can be used in motorsport as a metal replacement”.

In the racing car sector, cutting production time is crucial and rely on the Spring Srl know how guarantees unbeatable lead times and quality. But this is not the only advantage: the service offers maximum design freedom, the possibility of producing highly complex geometries and a tangible reduction in costs compared to traditional technologies, without having to worry about the constraints of producing tooling and moulds.

“The leading companies we work with have understood the benefits of additive manufacturing – concludes Fabio Gualdo. – Thanks to our professionalism and know-how, we have accomplished things no one thought possible, the outstanding results to date are testimony of this.”

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Fabio Gualdo
30 October 2018
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Spring srl, an additive manufacturing company, achieved the certification AS 9100:2016 on October 10, 2018 to meet urgent needs of the Aeronautic and Defense sector.

For aircraft manufacturers as well as systems, components and equipment, the principles of safety and reliability are considered essential values.

Spring srl is really proud to work with the Aeronautic and Defense industry providing functional components through the best professional systems of Additive Manufacturing. This is the result of 20 years of experience in professional 3D printing, thanks to the highest quality of the production process and applied technologies the company meets clients needs.

“Our corporate philosopy is based on the continuous improvement , this is also the reason why we invest a significant part of the budget in new technologies and innovation.” Says Roberto Toniello, Head of Quality Management at Spring srl.

“We continue innovating to meet challenging demands of an ultra high-performance sector such as the aeronautic. Each department  cooperates to ensure required efficiency with the highest quality standards necessary to the sector.”

The company puts in place resources, equipments and expertises to guarantee its customers ultra high-performance products.

 What is ISO 9100?

This is the management system certification for the quality of organizations and consists in an international standard that enables companies to increase customers satisfaction through the application of an efficient quality management system.

This certification stress the importance of business improvement and assessment of performances. In addition this certification requests specific methodologies to identify opportunities and risks in reaching expected results.

This new system ensures more attention on traceability and replicability of the process thanks to data sharing and reference metrics.

Another important focus is the ongoing training for a higher quality work of human resources. Moreover, the awareness of individual contribution to quality is reinforced.

To download the certificate click here.


Fabio Gualdo
18 October 2018
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Siemens Mobility has opened its first rail maintenance center where spare parts are realized with 3D printing technology for more than 100 trains every month. Before, the company used  traditional production methods and components were produced within 6 weeks. Now, thanks to Additive manufacturing Siemens Mobility can have at its disposal components within 13 hours, drastically reducing  production time and costs.

Customized solutions  and flexible manufacturing with 3D printing

“Every train has to go through maintenance several times a year. As you can imagine, all our customers would like this process to be as quick as possible, but they still expect maximum levels of detail, safety and quality in the work we do. This is where Additive manufacturing perfectly meets the market needs, providing  us the ability to rapidly produce customized parts, using high performance materials.” Says Michael Kuczmik, Head of Additive Manufacturing at Siemens Mobility GmbH.”-“Within a week we can iterate and optimize the design and print a final, customized part, saving  the manufacturing time by up to 95%.

Thanks to Additive manufacturing Siemens Mobility can not only obtain replacement parts, but also increase its tooling capabilities. One such example is an essential ‘connector’ tool, used to maintain train bogies (the chassis or framework that carries the wheelset), realized in ULTEM 9085 a thermoplastic of FDM technology (Fused deposition Modeling). The challenge was to find a thermoplastic  resistant to high pressures and mechanical stress. ULTEM 9085 is an extremely rigid and resistant material suitable for railway applications.

Click here to download the ULTEM 9085 technical data sheet!

Source: https://www.forbes.com

Spring srl, your ideal partner

Spring srl is the Italian and European leader in industrial additive manufacturing. The company realizes final, functional components, prototypes, production tools and spare parts. Spring srl, with its 20 years of experience in additive manufacturing and outstanding technical expertises, produces high performance components for leading companies in the rail, aerospace, automotive, industrial automation, medical and consumer goods sector. Spring srl owns many 3D professional printers that allow us to provide components up to 900x600x900mm.

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Fabio Gualdo
9 October 2018
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The 8th race of Tommaso Marcon’s career is already a great result: the rider won the third place on the Jerez circuit, in the Moto2 European Championship, with the Speed up bike by Team Ciatti.

The venetian boy is making progress in managing the race and getting better on his riding style with a different bike compared to those of the beginning of the season.

Tommaso got the right confidence at the 8th lap, passing  Zaccone and Tulovic at first and Ekky then, thus reaching the third place. Marcon also tried to close the gap with Raffin but there was too little time available for futher overtakings.

However, this is a great first podium, achieved with hard work after only 8 races, that has confirmed Tommaso as the first among Italians and  Rookies in a complex category where top riders have a very high level.

After the 5th race of the Championship Marcon got 16 points and the 4th place in the ranking, with the possibility of reaching the 3rd, now held by Fernandez.

This is only the first year in this category for the ex Gresini rider but this result shows that he fits the Moto2.

After this great weekend at Jerez, the next appointment for Marcon is on October 13  and 14  on the Albacete circuit.

Source: http://mothomsport.com

Spring Srl, technical sponsor of Tommaso Marcon Speed Up

Spring srl, the venetian company with 20 years of experience in additive manufacturing that design and realize components for the Motorsport industry, supports Tommaso Marcon, Moto2 rider, in his professional growth.

Spring srl technical teams are focused on the continuous improvement process, developing new solutions and new technologies to increase performances of racing vehicles. Spring srl offers also a service of re-engineering and optimization of components to guarantee maximum results at the lowest cost.

Do you want to know how we realized an inlet pipe in carbon filled Nylon? Download this case study!


Fabio Gualdo
1 October 2018
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Are you and your team designing  a new spacecraft? Are you thinking about metal replacement with the thermoplastics of 3D printing? This change in the aerospace industry is becoming more and more widespread. Additive  manufacturing is ideal not only for prototypes realization but also mainly for the production of functional components suitable for the aerospace sector  thanks to new thermoplastics such as ULTEM,PPSF and PEKK Antero800 NA.

3D printing takes you to space

Stratasys Ltd., global leader in the production of 3D printers and PADT, Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies Inc. are working  together  to realize a new generation of 3D printed components for the Nasa’s Orion spacecraft.

The new high performance thermoplastic of this project is a ESD variant of Pekk Antero 800 NA by Stratasys that offers mechanical, chemical and thermal properties.

Nasa’s Orion spacecraft will take astronauts to the moon and beyond. The next Orion’s test flight, called Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), will be the first to use the Space Launch System, the most powerful rocket in the world. During  this mission, that will last for three weeks, the uncrewed Orion capsule will fly for thousands of miles beyond the moon.

Nasa beats the most difficult challenges to space exploration also because of materials such as ULTEM 9085 resin and the new Antero that guarantee an extraordinary resistance to high temperatures, chemical agents and mechanical loads.

“The demands of space travel require extremely high performance materials and the most rigorous manufacturing processes in the industry. Part integrity and repeatability are essential and must pass Nasa’s demanding  testing and validation process,” Said Scott Sevcik, VP of manufacturing solutions at Stratasys.

Spring srl and Aerospace

The aerospace sector is for Spring srl one of the most important fields of application of Additive manufacturing. The company with its professional 3D printers, F900 certificate AICS (Aircraft Interiors Certification Solution) and 20 years of experience in the industry is your best partner in the realization of functional components, tooling application for composites and prototypes.

Source: www.tecnelab.it

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Fabio Gualdo
1 October 2018
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Do you work in the automotive, oil and gas, aeronautic  or  aerospace sector? Are you and your team up to date on the most excellent thermoplastic of FDM technology (Fused Deposition Modeling) that you can use to improve your performances and your  business?

If not, you are about to know the new fundamental material to work with. We are talking about Pekk (Antero 800NA), an extraordinary thermoplastic available  from july 2018.

How could you reduce weight, save fuel and cut costs at the same time?

In the recent past, aluminum and steel had great mechanical properties but now in a more competitive present and future you need a new generation of lighter, less expensive, materials: thermoplastics.

Not all thermoplastics are fit for your components, exposed to jet fuel, oil, hydraulic  fluid and for spacecraft parts. What you need is a material resistant to hydrocarbons, chemical agents, high temperatures, with mechanical features such as  strength, toughness and wear-resistance. All these extraordinary properties are included in Pekk (Antero 800NA).

Click here to download the technical data sheet

Which is the best company specialized in FDM  technology that can help you to reach new levels of performance?

Spring srl can guarantee you an extraordinary service of 3D printing and thanks to a great team of engineers  and technicians specialized in FDM, Spring srl can optimize your projects on several fronts.

The company owns 14 systems of professional 3D printings that allow the realization of components in Pekk up to 400X350X400mm.

Spring srl invests a large amount of the budget in R&D to offer you competitive and innovative solutions.

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23 July 2018
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There is something new in the air at Spring which has added the new AICS (Aircraft Interiors Certification Solution) certified Stratasys F900 printer to its fleet of machines. “Additive technology is evolving quickly, bringing in new professional systems is the best way of ensuring we satisfy demanding customer requirements.” – explains Roberto Toniello, co-owner of Spring Srl – “The AICS certification provides the traceability required for producing parts suitable for aircraft, enabling us to produce high performance components for the aviation and aerospace industries.”

The company currently possesses 5 Stratasys F900 systems, 2 of which are AICS certified, bringing the total number of professional 3D printers installed at its headquarters in Vicenza to 14.

“The quality of our systems and production processes enable us to take on and successfully meet the challenges set by the most crucial sectors” – adds Roberto Toniello – “We have combined experience with innovation to deliver an increasingly fast and professional service to our clients.”

The Stratasys F900 professional printer is the largest in the Fortus range. With a build envelope of 900 x 600 x 900 mm, it enables us to produce large monolithic parts or groups of parts taking advantage of the greater available space and therefore reducing production times.

The system, which produces parts using the FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) technology, uses a thermoplastic filament which is deposited, layer after layer, onto the build platform until the part is completed. This technology uses both standard thermoplastics (ASA, ABS, NYLON) to produce maquettes and visual details as well as high performance technical materials (ULTEM, CARBON FIBRE-FILLED NYLON, PEKK) for functional and direct use parts.

Grand dimensions for grand results with carbon fibre-filled nylon

Yet another great piece of news from Spring Srl: it’s using carbon fibre-filled nylon, with its excellent stiffness and lightness, with the Stratasys F900 systems. The significance of this is that it enables the company to produce large, extremely resistant and high performance monolithic parts for a variety of sectors such as aerospace, motorsport and automotive.

The combination of a high performance material such as carbon fibre-filled nylon containing 35% carbon fibre, the F900’s generous dimensions and the technological approach of Spring Srl, enables the company to meet requirements for producing functional parts within reduced production timescales and costs.

Benefits all the way with Spring Srl

It is a pioneer in the world of additive manufacturing, but the company doesn’t just print 3D components, it also works with its customers to re-engineer parts in order to guarantee maximum performance at the lowest possible cost.

Spring Srl has twenty years of experience in the Additive Manufacturing sector and continues to lead the European market in the production of high-end specialist components. Thanks to its quick turnaround times and quality of service, the company works with Italian and international clients in a variety of sectors to offer increasingly more innovative and high performance solutions.

Please send us your project to contatti@springitalia.com. It will be our prerogative to evaluate the technical feasibility and offer you the best possible solution!

 

 


Fabio Gualdo
15 June 2018
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3D printing technology is increasingly approaching the industrial automation field .This Case Study explain how the automation-equipment realization process has been developed in order to significantly reduce costs and time of production.

TARGETS
  • Realize equipment for the line processing and handling of the product
  • Respect strict lead time
  • Reduce costs
IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS
STEP 1: Reverse Engineering

LThe activity starts with the acquisition of the product’s digital jig. The mathematic model of the element (customer’s product) is acquired through 3D Scanner, both the upper part, necessary to the realization of the collecting devices, and lower part necessary for the placements realization.
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Scanner laser necessary for Reverse Engineering activity

STEP 2:Design

The technical department, thanks to the 3D measurements obtained through 3D Scanner, designed the collecting devices and the placements. The components development was realized with Cad 3D Systems installed in the company and thereafter optimized for Additive Manufacturing.
In this phase precise customer’s specifications were followed, such as details placement and extreme envelope of the placement with respective balance and fixing.
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Collecting devices design (left and right)

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Placement design

STEP 3:Production

After a technical analysis of the customer’s requirements we suggested the usage of two different materials:

• FDM technology (Fused Deposition Modeling) with Nylon 12 for the realization of the collecting devices

•FDM technology (Fused Deposition Modeling) with ASA for the realization of the placements

Spring has 10 FDM production system machines of the brand Stratasys that allow to realize monolithic parts of big dimensions or, like in this case, group parts and small pre-series.
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Collecting devices and placements realized with Additive Manufacturing

STEP 4:Quality control

Every realized part was tested with rigid quality controls in order to guarantee to the customer a complete service and a result that meets the initial urgent requests.

Collecting devices and placements quality control

In the following video you can see collecting devices and placements realized in Additive Manufacturing inserted in a working production line.

GAINED RESULTS
 Preavious solution Spring Solution

Difference

Lead time15 working days4 working days-74%
Costs-37%

 

Please send us your project to contatti@springitalia.com. It will be our prerogative to evaluate the technical feasibility and offer you the best possible solution!

 

 

 

 


Fabio Gualdo
15 June 2018
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Spring Srl designed and realized the inlet pipe of a Moto3 motorbike with Additive Manufacturing. The company set several targets to achieve the result:

TARGETS
  • Reduce the costs of the detail
  • Respect restricted delivery time
  • Realize a detail with high technical characteristics
IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS
STEP 1: Design

Once figured out the client’s requirement, the first activity was the inlet pipe design. The 3D model was developed with a CAD system installed in the company and successively optimized for Additive Manufacturing. During the design stage fixing points and casing for the temperature sensor were realized.

Cad design of the inlet pipe

STEP 2: Production

The applications in the Racing field require materials with high technical characteristics. The realized details needs to be resistant to extreme conditions as high temperature, chemical agents and significant mechanical stress. That’s why for the inlet pipe realization we chose Carbon Charged Nylon.
The material is composed by a mix of Nylon 15 with a 35% of carbon fiber. This combination makes it one of the hardest and with the highest resistance/weight ratio material available in the field of Additive Manufacturing.

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Detail realized with additive manufacturing

STEP 3:Finishing

The detail has undergone an impregnation treatment to reduce roughness and improve performances. Afterwards, as customer’s request, inserts have been placed.

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Post-finishing detail

STEP 4: Quality control

In the final phase the detail was tested with a quality control with a laser scanner. Spring Srl was able to guarantee the strict allowances requested.

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Quality control detail

ACHIEVED RESULTS
 
Preavious solution
Spring solution

Difference

Weight-43%
Lead time2 working days1 working day-50%
Costs-31%

 

Please send us your project to contatti@springitalia.com. It will be our prerogative to evaluate the technical feasibility and offer you the best possible solution!

 

 


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