Just in time manufacturing requires flexibility and capability. 3D printing can offer both.
By slitting the openings of the louvers with the laser we can remove the shearing requirement and print the tooling to deform a louver.
We had the custom louver tooling designed, iterated twice and into production in under 10 days. Even with design changes and revisions in that time.
We reinforced the tools with steel plates cut on our laser in the higher stress areas to ensure longevity.
It also allows us to create a modular tool that can be adapted to different louver sizes.
The printed tooling has been cycled over 1700 times with no visible wear and tear.