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Move faster from design idea to hand sample and functional sample

Eisele cuts down time-to-market periods by 3D printing

The investment in an SLA printer will henceforth shorten the time-to-market periods of custom connection technology substantially. The SLA printer Caligma 200 was purchased by HENN Industrial Group, the parent company of Eisele GmbH. Eisele GmbH can now produce hand samples, functional samples, initial prototypes and small batches in no time at all. Both companies agreed on the purchase and cooperative use of the SLA printer in a bid to respond to the developments in such industries as automotive, laser and welding, aerospace, food & beverage, etc. For their component development, these industries have a need for greater flexibility, shorter time-to-market periods and manufacturing processes that are less costly.

Eisele reduces time-to-market through 3D printing

Specializing in connection components, Eisele develops tailor-made custom solutions for nearly any type of application in addition to conventional components. These solutions have come to total 2,000 items in the product range. The new acquisition now puts the machine and plant engineers at Eisele in a position to print out their custom-designed connectors as polymer 3D samples and adjust them to the application parameters prior to production.

In some areas, the new printing method based on thermosetting polymers even allows for the swift production of functional samples. This is of particular benefit for those customers who wish to integrate their custom-made connection components designed by Eisele into a machine or component for initial testing. Samples printed on the Caligma 200 boast a surface quality of verifiable excellence that is guaranteed to lead to exceptional sealing results. What is more, effective prototyping makes it possible to accurately simulate nearly 100% of the functionality offered by the connection technologies. This ability helps accelerate the decision-making process for the series production of the products. 
Finally, the customers are not the only ones who are sure to see a boost in performance from the new 3D printer. Thanks to the 3D printer Caligma 200 from Cubicure GmbH, HENN will advance in additive toolmaking in the future. As an established and leading manufacturer of innovative charge-air and cooling water couplings for conventional and alternative power trains (PHEV, BEV, FCV), HENN will now be able to shorten their manufacturing processes. Previously forced to produce the molds for their aluminium and steel parts in an elaborate and costly process, the company will now be able to mostly leave this job to the Caligma 200. The result is impressive: Instead of eight to twelve weeks of conventional production, the company will now require only about a week to print the components and lower their cost dramatically at the same time.  

The new Caligma 200 production machine made by Cubicure operates with patented Hot Lithography Technology. The process allows for the simple and professional processing of high-performance plastics that are based on photopolymers. A complex heating and coating mechanism makes it possible to process highly viscose resins and pastes at operating temperatures of up to 120°C with utmost reliability and precision. 
HENN’s extensive know-how in additive manufacturing combined with the latest investment in the Caligma 200 now enable Eisele GmbH to fortify their position as a supplier of more than 8,000 standard items and to realize the more than 2,000 tailor-made custom solutions for joining and connection technology with even greater efficiency. 

About Eisele

EISELE GmbH is a multinational company that operates under the roof of the HENN Industrial Group. With 120 employees at their head office in Waiblingen, Eisele develops, produces and distributes premium quality all-metal connectors and has established a reputation over the past decades as a leading supplier of innovative connection solutions. The Eisele portfolio – manufactured virtually 100% in Germany – comprises all important standard connection components, such as push-in fittings, quick-release connectors and tube fittings, as well as numerous innovative products with unique selling properties that set standards, such as an extensive line of multiple connectors.