3D Printed Quality Check Tools

“Technical modernity has been a key factor for us since the beginning.”
CraftBot XL

The Matulay Innovations Kft. in Mosonmagyaróvár primary fulfils 3D measurement technology assignments with its own 3D measurement tools, and designs measurement and control devices. On customers’ request, they undertake to implement the designed devices, whose several parts are now made using 3D printing at a fraction of previous solution’s time and financial costs.

As a pioneer in the industry, they have been working with own 3D printer since 2013. At the moment, they manufacture using Craftbot XL machine purchased from one of our Hungarian retailers, FreeDee Printing Solutions, and among the 3D printers used so far, they are satisfied with this one the most.

„In 3D printing, we experienced that designer freedom, as well as cost and time saving opportunities, which support us to serve our partners more quickly, flexibly and competent. Material cost may be minimized, and we do not have to wait for the subcontractor. All of our 3D printers have quickly returned their investment so far, therefore it has become possible that every 1-2 year, we can work on a new model of higher knowledge” – told us Dávid Matulay, the manager of Matulay Innovation Kft.

During the past 5 years, they could work on 3 different FDM technology machine and an SLA printer in-house. As of now, they rely virtually only on the Craftbot XL’s capacity, since due to the large printing space, the silent and reliable operation, and the plug-n-play design, work becomes much simpler and enjoyable compared to their previous 3D printers.

Craftbot XL large format 3D printer in Matulay Innovations Kft’s office. Craftbot XL large format 3D printer in Matulay Innovations Kft’s office.
Craftbot XL large format 3D printer in Matulay Innovations Kft’s office.

„Primarily we use it to manufacture the control templates and measurement catching device’s parts. Usually, we work from PLA or with ABS commodity at 100-200 micron resolution. The printed pieces are almost always meastured and documented to our customer, 2 measuring arms and a CNC machine are available to us for this purpose. Therefore, we are very experienced in what settings and modelling principles to follow to achieve the most accurate results. At independent or 2-piece parts, our Craftbot works with +/- 0,2 mm tolerance, at shapes consisting of multiple pieces, the deviance usually remains within +/- 0,3 mm.”

Check out some examples!

This control template consisting of four parts is made to examine car industry parts, so the shape and length of rubber pipes bended in different angles. Length tolerance is separately marked on the printed model during the design. Previously, these templates were silvered from POMM, but thanks to the 3D printer, 40% weight reduction and lead-time less by 3 weeks have been achieved. It provides both the manufacturing company and our customer a more cost-effective solution. In addition, they are also able to create such shapes that are required, but could not have been manufactured using silvering.

40% weight reduction
lead time less by 3 weeks
3D printed control template’s calibration
„For example on smaller parts, that on control devices manufactured by us, 3 pcs of reference holes can be found, on that we print already self-designed dust protecting caps.”
Reference hole’s 3D printed dust protecting cap
Sometimes completely unique holders are required. These gauge holders are also made by 3D printing, 2 magnets are placed into them before being used.
This meter holder is also made using Craftbot XL

The company’s future plans
with 3D printing?

„We are looking forward to the Craftbot 3 double-head 3D printer’s XL version, and we are also interested about other, non-FDM technology machines. SLS technology may be interesting for us for example due to both the resistant commodity and minimal post-production requirement.”