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CASE STUDY:

 

 

 

THE CHALLENGE:

 

Belden Inc., a supplier of signal transmission solutions, provides customers with cables, connectors, networking equipment, and software. They design and manufacture connectivity products for the electrical and optical transmission of signals for data, sound, and video applications.

They previously had other 3D printing technologies that met some of their needs, but slow development and validation times impeded their workflow. When they started to evaluate various technologies, they realized that it was difficult to choose a single process that would be able to fulfill all their criteria.

 

THE SOLUTION:

 

Belden Inc. discovered Markforged products through SolidXperts. The appeal of Markforged was in its ease of use and technology that made products much more functional and manageable. The Markforged printer is very durable and requires low maintenance, which allows Belden Inc. to create components with mechanical characteristics that are closer to the resins used in injection molding. Users can make components to present to their customers, as well as pieces they can handle and test for their specific needs. With Markforged, they are capable of producing components that are used as finished products and deliver unique products in small quantities to customers. Markforged is a reliable machine; for two years they have had no problems as its control software makes it easy to operate. Belden Inc. has been able to train multiple users without risk of damaging the equipment. The process requires very little post-processing and their printers are currently installed in their office area, allowing them to be even more efficient. Markforged has responded to 95% of their needs.

 

THE RESULT:

 

  • Reduced development and validation time by 50-70%
  • Significantly reduced delivery times.
  • Saved approximately $40,000 a year during an intensive design period.
  • Every Markforged printer has been profitable in less than 4 months.
  • Reduced validation cycles for design ideas from 4 days to 1 day.
  • Possibility to do 2 to 3 times more iterations, therefore accelerating the product development.

Markforged printers in production. One of the functions of Markforged at Belden is to produce components for small production.

Two manufactured components that will be used to assemble an optical fiber connector.


Design of an optical fiber cable manager. Assembly of 4 components made with the Markforged printer. The parts are mobile.


Cable support, manufactured with the Markforged. Used in Belden’s laboratory.
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