Whale, the well known supplier to the marine, caravan, healthcare and industrial markets around the world, is a brand with a reputation built on decades of innovative design and manufacture of high quality products. The company’s core values of innovation and service are also the foundation for their rapidly growing Technical Services arm of their business. Established in 2012, and now providing advanced multi-material 3D printing, design and manufacturing consultancy and testing services to more than 70 clients.
The latest first for the company is the official launch of Whale 3D Technical Services brand at the TCT+ Personalise exhibition at the Birmingham NEC (31st September to 2nd October 2014) .
Whale 3D is located in Bangor, Northern Ireland in the company’s new Technology and Polymer Centre – a state of the art facility housing product analysis testing, design and software development, 3D printing and additive manufacturing, polymer injection moulding centre and climate testing facility.
The Whale 3D team can take your idea and turn it into reality. We offer a complete 3D service from design consultancy, to 3D CAD modelling through to advanced multi-material high accuracy 3D printing, product testing and polymer injection moulding.
Whale has invested significantly in the latest rapid prototyping technology that enables our customers to move quickly and cost effectively from theorized designs to fully formed 3D prototypes in a wide variety of materials including plastics, rubber, polypropylene-like and ABS-like including over-moulded, transparent and waterproof parts. Whale 3D’s suite of 3D printing machines include the multi-material Connex Polyjet, including a Connex 500 with the largest build size of any Polyjet machine (500x400x 250mm) enabling them to build larger multi-material parts than ever before and FDM machines for highly durable printed parts.
In addition to this complete technical services offering, what really differentiates Whale 3D from other 3D printing bureaus is our ability to offer 3D printed polymer injection mould tools that can be used in our in house injection moulding machines to manufacture test production runs of between 50 and 100 pieces moulded in the actual production polymers. These parts are ideal for proving out a design or submitting parts for quality or customer approval thereby significantly reducing risk and time to market usually encountered when commissioning metal injection mould tools.
Speaking of the impact of Whale3D’s printed prototypes and 3D printed mould tools, Managing Director of Whale, Patrick Hurst, said,
“This has been revolutionary for our business. We have already seen the technology take months off our product development process and that in turn minimizes our risk. I estimate that we have shortened our R&D process by up to 35% with 3D printing. It’s the future for design and manufacturing companies and Whale 3D working in close partnership with Stratasys wants to ensure that we remain at the leading edge of the technology.”
Whale 3D will be exhibiting at TCT + Personalize at Stand J18 (Hall 3A) of the NEC in Birmingham from 30th September to 2nd October where they will have a multi-material Connex Polyjet machine in action on the stand and also a variety of models and parts on display. You can also find out further information on the full range of services now on offer from Whale 3D by visiting their new website www.whale3d.co.uk