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Shawcor Saves $1.6 Million with Markforged Composite 3D Printing Technology June 17 2019

2019 Lucintel Composites Market Insights, June 17, 2019

Markforged, the leading manufacturer of metal and carbon fiber 3D printers, informed that Shawcor, a global energy services company in Canada, selected Markforged 3D printer solutions to produce parts that would save the company $1.6 million CAD (~$1.2m USD).

The Composite Production Systems division at Shawcor was tasked with a new project that required them to transfer large tape pads weighing between 115 and 230 pounds — too heavy for a person to load and unload.

“Without the pad handling machine up and running, Shawcor would lose roughly $1.6 million CAD over the course of a year,” said Phil Minors, Senior Mechanical Designer at Shawcor. “We had two choices: front the cost for the machine or lose revenue each month.”

However, the division found a third option – Markforged continuous strand carbon fiber printers could produce the parts required for the machine and save $27,000 CAD by swapping aluminum and sheet metal for 3D printed parts.

Shawcor now uses continuous carbon fiber parts even beyond the Manufacturing Technology Group. The entire Composite Production Systems engineering team utilizes the printer for prototyping, testing, and iterating.

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