In order to minimize the development time for new products, Geberit International AG manufactures many prototypes using 3D printing. Since 2016, the Swiss company uses a Sintratec S1 for design optimization and material testing in its prototyping laboratory.
The Geberit Group, the market leader for sanitary parts in Europe, operates 29 production plants in over 50 countries. Before the Group releases a new product for market launch, it must meet a variety of requirements. At the Group headquarters in Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland, all prototypes are tested for quality, functionality, design and ease of assembly. Development engineers from various departments benefit from the modern prototyping laboratory. It allows them to implement their ideas within a short time.Before mass production (e.g. injection moulding), each component undergoes several design variants. A considerable number of professional devices are available in Geberit’s prototyping laboratory with a wide range of 3D printing processes. A total of around 16,000 parts are printed each year – by SLS, FDM, SLA, 3DP or MJF.
Detail of a so-called “development cube” at Geberit International AG: For this fitting connection angle, the prototype of the flexible sheating made of Sintratec TPE was 3D-printed and tested in this real construction situation.