Manufacturing components for the automotive industry, including some of the UK’s most iconic vehicle brands, requires an unwavering ability to consistently maintain the highest possible quality standards.
As one of the UK’s fastest-growing injection moulding companies, Fibrax understands the importance of supporting its customers to develop high performance components, from conception to completion.
Fibrax operates a highly skilled design division where a team of multi-lingual designers and engineers use the latest CAD and CAM software yet the key to the success of many projects delivered in 2018 was the installation of an Objet30 Prime 3D Printer from Stratasys.
This intelligent printer uses Polyjet technologies and complements the SLA and FDM printing technologies already installed at Fibrax’s 3D Print Suite. This technology works in a similar way to inkjet document printing but instead of jetting drops of ink onto paper, the print head jets microscopic layers of liquid photopolymer onto a build tray where it instantly cools under UV light.
The Objet30 Prime offers a range of rigid materials, including flexible, transparent, bio-compatible, high temperature resistant and simulated polypropylene. This considerably extends the scope of Fibrax’s prototyping capabilities and can also be used for short runs of technically-complex components.
Commenting on the company’s investment in 3D Technology, Glenn Griffiths, Technical Manager at Fibrax, said:
“Investing in the Objet30 Prime has contributed greatly to our ability to operate efficiently without compromise. Not only has it helped to speed up product design and development but it has reduced the need for conventional prototype tooling for customers, particularly in the automotive sector. Additionally, it has assisted the development of production cells in the form of jigs and fixtures. This means we are able to support the needs of our customers using incredibly cost effective and time efficient methods.”
At Fibrax, all research, design and development is backed by lean manufacturing facilities and stringent testing laboratories. As well as offering precision prototyping, Fibrax has set up its testing facilities to satisfy the exact needs of its customers. This commitment to quality is demonstrated in the company’s adherence to internationally recognised accreditations, including IATF 16949:2016 Automotive Quality Management, ISO9001:2015, ISO14001:2015 and a number of customer-specific standards.