The Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS), at the University of Adelaide purchased an Ultrasonic 5-Axis CNC Mill. During commissioning, an urgent need for a specialised tool was required to release the Collet from a taper - a 1mm flange was required to locate into a slot in a nut, that when loosened, ejected the Collet from the tool holder. Such a tool was not readily available. In this video, you will discover how the University of Adelaide has tackled this challenge with 3D Printing technology.
Technology/Application: ProX 200/Prototyping, Rapid Tooling
Solution: ProX 200 Metal printer. The new tool was printed in Titaniumin 1.25 hours. Within three hours, the Technicians were using the newly created tool.
Benefit: The ProX 200 Metal Printer has enabled the University of Adelaide to produce a tool, in this case a spanner that is lightweight, durable and of a quality that ensured no damage to the expensive Collet System. Additionally the tool and more wear and resistant when compared to steel that would be used in a work-bench environment.
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