From prototyping to mass production
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.
A market leader from Switzerland
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.
Special solutions for confined spaces
Instantly available functional prototypes
Back to the EPP sheathing: Geberit uses selective laser sintering (SLS) to produce functional prototypes with largely similar properties to such a sophisticated component. The coating was printed with the flexible Sintratec TPE material on the Sintratec S1 SLS desktop printer and immediately tested in a real construction situation. Thus, Roger Baggenstos and his team were able to check whether the product idea really was mountable. With success: The two sheathing parts could be moved around the fitting connection angle without any obstacle and fixed onto it by means of the required snap mechanism.
3D printing has largely replaced conventional methods
Extended imagination, shorter time-to-market
“Selective laser sintering really sparks our imagination and reduces time-to-market.”