ARaymond is the global partner of choice for the fastening and assembly needs of automotive OEMs and tier-1 suppliers. ARaymond has a record of 150 years of experience in product innovation and manufacturing to provide automotive fastening systems that meet - and stay one step ahead of - the automotive market's rapidly changing requirements. ARaymond constantly analyzes the market and works proactively with the customers to keep the finger on the pulse of emerging industry trends - from connected and driverless cars to stricter regulations across the globe - to innovate the solutions that car manufacturers are seeking today and down the road. ARaymond offers state-of-the-art fastening and assembly systems delivered just-in-time from 26 manufacturing plants in 25 countries worldwide.
A fast but comparatively cheap solution was necessary to fulfill the customer's need for the injection molding of just a few prototypes for functional/material tests or small series with a lot size up to 20,000. Compared to conventional manufacturing using CNC milling, this solution results in a reduction of cost and lead time of 50%.
Production Tools (Rapid Tooling)
Tool feasibility check
Result: Hybrid manufacturing (additive manufacturing of the tool and conventional manufacturing of the end-use part) of a cable holder is possible.
- Recommended material of the end-use part: ABS
- Recommended conventional technology: Injection molding
Based on the CAD data of the original part, our experts designed an injection molding tool that could in itself be additively manufactured in a quick and cheap manner
Additive manufacturing of a mold with our quality-approved AM process for laser melting (LM or Laser Powder Bed Fusion PBF-LB/M) using stainless steel
Injection molding of 100 test parts for customer approval
- Tactile measurement of samples
- False-color adjustment of samples by CT scan
Injection molding of 3,000 cable holders
Production-accompanying testing according to customer specifications