Using ABS to Reduce Counterbalance | Baker Industries Inc.

Case study

Hybrid Tooling to Reduce Counterbalance

The customer needed a solution that would solve a balance concern of a go-by tool designed to apply pressure and aid in a room temperature cure of multi-skins. The balance of this tool was critical for employee safety. Baker recommended 3D printing ABS in place of the aluminum pusher details of this piece to reduce the weight needed to counter-balance the tool. The team attached a natural gum rubber to the 3D parts that contacted the engineering.

The newly designed hybrid tool stood up to the tight aerospace tolerances and as an added benefit reduced overall cost and timing.

Designed and built a more time, weight and cost effective tool utilizing 3D plastic ABS components in place of aluminum.

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