AV Flexologic - Engineering testimonial
Engineering is everywhere. The very plastic bags you eat your chips from has been produced by the flexographic industry. AV Flexologic is such a company and market leader in producing the very machines which can make flexible packaging. And if you look closely to your wrapper or bag with any kind of prints on it, you can see that creating these packages is tricky and required a lot of skill. To produce these machines, you have to stay ahead of your game. And improve and develop new techniques, parts and machines.
Develop specific parts
Loek Eg: “We from AV Flexologic produce machines with many moving parts, so there are many specific parts such as air links and distribution blocks. Some of these parts are not available on the market. When you are an engineer you should be equipped with the correct parts, often this means that you have to arrange for this specific part to be made.
This process involves:
- High costs
- A lot of time
- The necessary internal and external communication
- Extra high risk; if the parts are not correct the whole procedure has to be done again.
Rapid production with the Xeed
With the procurement of a Leapfrog Xeed 3D Printer all these previous points are solved. A big advantage of the Leapfrog Xeed is that the part can be completely printed at the precise size. It is also a lot cheaper than casting as we do not deal in mass production. The costs to produce a mold are no longer applicable and this will easily save us thousands of euros. Plus, we can easily adjust the part on our own PC and reprint it again in no time.
Print large ABS models
The parts that we print in 3D for our machines vary, think of hooks, cylinders and blow heads. We print with ABS as this material is strong enough to fulfil a dynamic function. We use the Leapfrog Xeed 3D printer as normal desktop printers already struggle to print a single small model in ABS without it warping (bending of the plastic). 3D printed Hook for AV Flexologic The Leapfrog Xeed 3D printer prevents this problem. Due to the advanced heating technology of the printer we can ensure the correct print quality and it is ideally suitable for prototyping or even for the production of end products.
Meet the XceL, the Xeed's big brother
As we are completely satisfied with the Xeed we co-developed the XceL printer some time ago, together with our sister company Tech Sleeves. This printer is based on the Xeed but has much larger sizes and it can print up to almost two and a halve metres high and sixty centimetres wide and deep. We use the XceL’s to replace a manufacturing step of our sleeves and bridges for the flexographic printing industry. Each order is customer specific, making 3D printing the perfect fit. We save up to 60% in man-hours and 50% in waist material. An interesting business model that you could not imagine a few years ago”.
Leapfrog 3D Printers has created the perfect 3D printer for consistent production for outstanding models and case studies; the Bolt.