Exploring 3D Printing & AR in Valve Manufacturing

Collaboration: VEC / Heap & Partners

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Part of the LCR4.0 project – the Virtual Engineering Centre and Science Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Hartree Centre saw an opportunity to pair the two Technologies as a collaborative project. Campus Technology Hub (STFC) worked closely with Heap and Partner’s in-house design team to review and prepare an existing CAD of a large valve assembly for use in 3D printing. CTH defined moving parts and functionality of the 3D print, eventually creating a scaled down 3D printed prototype.

The Virtual Engineering Centre then produced an iOS-based AR program using industry standard tools, based upon a CAD drawing supplied by Heap and Partners which act as a companion technology to the 3D printed valve.

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The support meant that Heap & Partners could:

  • Use exiting CAD data to print large 3D valve with moving parts and functionality
  • Demonstrate products with iOS based AR
  • Plan future digital strategies to increase business productivity
  • Invest in a onsite 3D printer for rapid prototyping

The Benefits

  • Improved processes
  • Increased productivity
  • Increased market competitiveness
  • Improved communication

Client opinion

"The VEC has taken us into new areas and introduced us to new and innovative technologies, which have truly helped to transform our business. It was a wonderful collaboration."

David Millar,
Managing Director
Heap & Partners Ltd

David Millar
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