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GJ Plastics Save £2500 a Week with 3D Printing – Case Study

During the pandemic, GJ Plastics, manufacturer of signage and acrylic displays, repurposed production to meet the demand for COVID protection screens. Supported by 3DGBIRE, the agility of additive manufacturing supported existing processes to bring impressive cost savings.

Company

GJ Plastics – Graham Croston, Director

GJ Plastics Ltd is a Northwest-based company with over 30 years experience, producing a large range of acrylic display products, signage, promotional displays and correx printing.

Industry

Design/display products

Challenge

Due to COVID-19 proliferation, Graham saw an opportunity to adapt his products traditionally dedicated to the display market for the protection of people in direct contact with the public. He needed to manufacture COVID-19 protection screens as quickly as possible to market to his clients.

Graham was originally a keen hobbyist 3D printer, and he saw the potential in investing in a dual extrusion printer that would produce virtually ‘injection moulded quality’ components for his company. He was paying £1.50 per unit for one of his components; he aimed to manufacture these in-house, quickly and to save costs.

Solution

By utilising a Raise3D Pro2 Printer, GJ Plastics were able to adapt quickly to supply their customers with ‘COVID-19’ protection screens. The quality superseded that of his previous hobbyist printer and Graham was able to design various fixtures/fixings prototypes to develop cost-effective PLA solutions in-house, rather than having aluminium parts manufactured elsewhere.

“The reason we buy from 3DGBIRE is that not only do they stock a lot of parts for the machine, the support they give is lifetime support. That’s absolutely fantastic – they are only a phone call away and are happy to profile material for us. I give 3DGBIRE 10 out of 10. They are the kind of company you want to deal with.” Graham Croston, GJ Plastics Director.

Results

The RAISE3D Pro2 is one of the best dual extruder 3D printers on the market, delivering excellent print quality and reliable dual extrusion printing. GJ have found the introduction of the RAISE3D Pro2 to be extremely cost-effective and, labour saving. A part that they originally outsourced costing £1.50 per unit is now printed in-house.

In the last ten weeks, GJ Plastics has produced 20,000 of these components costing 25p per unit. A saving of £2500 per week!

Graham has found the printers easy to use and reliable, so much so that they significantly lessen the downtime for production, enabling the company to keep their profit margins. He plans to purchase more machines in the next 12 months.

For full details of this project, watch the video below:

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