The editorial staff of Plast Design collaborated with us in order to interview us and build an interesting and in-depth article on the relationship between the replicability of the process and the style and shapes. A transversal look that relates the need for a certain and constant result to the creativity of expression. We report the full article.
The style of industrial quality
The market is maturing. Those approaching 3D printing are beginning to understand what are the differences between a model made with small 3D printers and the finished and functional products created through the use of plants for industrial additive manufacturing. Using industrial plants does not mean only to be able to take advantage of larger printing dimensions on the single piece, to produce large batches of products faster or to use materials that, for reasons of plant structure, cannot be used on economic-class printers. There are two important aspects that overshadow the obvious quantitative aspect and which highlight less obvious qualitative points of view: the approach to industrial processes and finishing.
Specialists in added value
Zare, company dedicated to additive manufacturing, built its own factory around the principle of defining and respecting rigorous and repeatable procedures every day. Serving structured and, therefore, extremely demanding customers leads to the natural consequence of having to guarantee with absolute precision that a processing carried out during a specific period can be carried out subsequently with the certainty of obtaining a similar result.
A finishing department specialized in the superficial enhancement of additive productions is a natural consequence.
Zare Stile is the department that the company has dedicated to the processes that complete the additive production phase.
"We deal directly with the designers who, even during the design phase, imagine the object in the hands of those who will use it - explains Maurizio Mussini, head of the finishing department - that is the moment when they reflect on the shapes and the sensation to the touch that the object will have to transmit. Designers approach the additive to create otherwise impossible shapes and find in these new technologies a renewed creative vein, capable of crushing the limits imposed on it by traditional processes. The designers are innovators in the lines but they are also traditionalists in terms of the experience that the object will have to give. My job is to provide, also on the additive, the aesthetic result and the tactile sensation that they expect and of which they have already perfect experience with the productions they are accustomed to."
Style is not an end in itself
""It is not a matter of creativity for its own sake," says Andrea Pasquali, the company's RP Manager. "The industrial additive manufacturing plants we have at our disposal can produce a finish and a compactness, both superficial and structural, already on the raw material, guaranteeing much higher quality than both the cheap 3D and low-end professional printers. In addition to this, however, what takes on key value is the constancy and coherence of the result. I can certainly count on the fact that the production of a piece, with the same parameters of printing and materials, will be carried out identically both at different times and using different systems but of the same class ". In this regard, Alex Orrao, technical and production manager, intervenes. "The certain and identical result allows to program activities according to urgency and load of the departments, as well as being able to divide the orders into certain and individually controllable phases. The advantage for the industrial customer is obvious. Each phase, from machine setting to delivery, certainly passing through the finish, is monitored, controlled and crystallized in the production process. Very complex productions are not rare, so each phase must be isolated and made variable in different aspects. If the customer has to test several versions of the same piece, for example for finishing or material, in order to choose the best result, it must be certain that the combination of the work can be replicable”. "Style is not an end in itself," concludes Pasquali. "A result is of industrial quality if it can be replicated without compromises other than the physical limits of the technologies. Even operations indissoluble from manual activities, such as sanding, specific RAL painting, embossing, satin finishing, polishing or wrapping, it is necessary to be inserted within a rigorous environment ".