FUJITSU Aiming High with the Bolt Pro

 

Why Did We Choose the Bolt Pro?

“We chose Leapfrog instead of other brands for two reasons. Firstly, because it has an open environment that allowed us to use a variety of materials rather than limiting to just one. Secondly, because it has certain features that we didn’t find in other machines of its range.”

 

- We use the Bolt Pro to create designs that were made with traditional technology like milling.
- Creating tooling for the production line.
- 3D printing requires fewer parts, the cost is less and its much faster, additionally it has the flexibility to test multiple concepts without increasing costs to the production lines, which is important.
- The return on investment has been very fast, in about 6 months.
- We have noticed that our flexibility and our speed to try new concepts has increased exponentially.

 

Luis De La Jara, Coordinator Mechnical Designers

Automotive Engineering Department Fujistu Spain

 

 

KLM and Leapfrog: A Success Story

 

Why Did We Choose the Bolt Pro 3D Printer?

- We chose the Bolt Pro because of its rigidity and the option to print two parts simultaneously with the two heads. 
- Another advantage is the ability to print high-temperature materials. We have two Bolt Pro printers in our Engineering & Maintenance Department.
- We also print prototypes of small aircraft cabin parts. These prototypes are actually tested on board by cabin crew.
- Final designs are mass produced by injection moulding from certified materials.
- The dimensional accuracy of the prints is very good.

 

“I certainly recommend the Bolt Pro because of its rigidity, its large print bed and the two print heads which double the print speed once more similar parts are needed. I think the Leapfrog Bolt Pro is very suitable for engineering in prototyping and it can even produce on small series of plastic parts.”

 

Maarten Ottevanger, Prcoess Engineer

KLM Engineering & Maintenance

 

 

Benier: 3DP Food Production

 

What are we using the Leapfrog 3D Printers for?

At Benier we use the Leapfrog Bolt Pro to make among other items sealing caps, special washers and cover caps.

 

Why did we choose Leapfrog’s Bolt Pro 3D Printer?

Benier produces equipment for the bakery industry. The Bolt Pro can print with food approved materials which is a great advantage for us. Leapfrog advised us the Bolt Pro 3D printer also because of its large printing volume and its ease of use.

 

What is your overall experience with Leapfrog’s products and services?

After a demonstration at Leapfrog we received a demo version of the 3D printer to try out for several months. This great service and the right specifications for our products made our choice for Leapfrog and their Bolt Pro 3D printer easy.

 

Erik van Opstal – Managing Director Benier B.V.

Benier B.V. is a part of the Kaak group.

 

 

What is VolksWagen Using the Leapfrog 3D Printers For?

 

Reasons Why We Chose the Leapfrog Bolt Pro

- The Bolt was analyses as the best machine for printing flexible materials due to the direct drive system
- Relatively large build volume, especially considering size vs. cost
2 Independent Dual Extruder system IDEX since we assemble cars for both left and right driving sides, so this helps a lot for building mirror parts.
- Reliable – although we had our startup issues with this unit, support was good and we managed to correct issues.
- We believe the Leapfrog Bolt Pro is a very reliable machine for the way we use this equipment.

 

What Are We Using the Bolt Pro For?

- Serial tool production in our production line
- We have inserted 3D printing into our assembly process throughout the whole production line

 

 

5 Reasons Why Rolls Royce Chose Leapfrog’s 3D Printers

 

The Features that made the Bolt Pro ideal for Rolls Royce

Rolls Royce was in the market for a new 3D printing solution so as to be able to expand their internal rapid prototyping capabilities. They looked at various machines, “we looked at a range of machines from cheap Chinese hobbyist machines all the way up to eye-watering expensive liquid polymer based printers, but our deciding criteria were:”

 

- Dual extrusion – soluble support material is very important for the types of models we will be printing, often involving large overhangs and intricate internal features.
- Full enclosure – two reasons for this, first being to stop the curious/ignorant injuring themselves and the second is to provide an environment conducive to maximising print quality. The only area where the Leapfrog Bolt Pro could be better is a heated enclosure but since this appears to be an ABS only issue and we're getting such goods results from PLA then this may not be an issue in the long run.
- Print quality – we had a few samples made up on the Leapfrog Bolt and were pleased with the results.
- Price – the cost was in the right ballpark to be able to make the business case for the leadership team.

 

Rez Manzoori – Beng (Hons) CEng MRAeS

 

 

Mackay Hospital: Surgery Simulation with Bolt Pro

 

Why did you choose the Bolt Pro 3D Printer?

 

- Large print volume allowing us to print large bones.
- High temp hot ends allow us to print with heat stable materials that can be sterilised.
- Enclosed with HEPA filter allowed us to safely use in our office.

 

What are you using the Leapfrog 3D Printers for?

We are able to print fractured bones or bony deformities which gives the surgeons a tactile model to imprint the bony architecture in their memory. This makes surgery much easier and increases the surgeons understanding of the geometry. We can also use the models to trial implants so we know what will work best for fixing fractures.

 

What is your general impression of 3D Printing and the Leapfrog Bolt?

All surgeons using the models are very happy and see a great perceived benefit. Our prints have for the most part come out very well and I myself (starting as a complete novice) have found the learning curve manageable and been impressed with how easy it was to get to the point of producing consistently good results.

 

Jonathan Davis Orthopaedic Surgeon

 

 

3D Printing Helps Surgeons Plan, Practice Procedures

 

Stellenbosch Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

How is 3D Printing used in surgery?

3D printing is having a major impact on medicine in a number of ways. This is mainly evident in Orthopaedic Surgery where doctors use 3D printing to help treat patients’ musculoskeletal system. 3D scans are taken of patients and using that data, doctors print replica accurate bones of patients.

 

What are the models used for?

- To view injuries more accurately to help plan surgery
- Tactile feedback for doctors
- Practice surgical procedures before full operation
- To review treatment with accurate comparisons between the treatment time period

 

Dr Rudolph Venter, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Stellenbosch University