As part of a project conducted in partnership with IoT technology provider Blues Wireless, Additive at Scale, an advanced manufacturing services provider, needed to create an asset tracking solution that offers GPS capabilities and an onboard accelerometer while allowing the end-user to input data to the cloud without Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity.
However, the challenge was quickly developing electronic enclosures to mount the solution to the chassis. The enclosures require a specific form factor, custom PCB mounts, and a rugged design for outdoor installations – all of which can be costly and time-consuming when using traditional production methods.
To overcome the challenges, Additive at Scale designed an electronic enclosure with an O-ring groove and seal, threaded inserts, and custom PCB mounts. It printed 100 units for its pilot phase with an Essentium HSE 180 ST 3D Printer. The Additive at Scale team chose to use Essentium PCTG-Z for its electrostatic discharge (ESD)-safe properties, impact strength, chemical resistance, and low cost.
Using Essentium’s 3D Printing technology, the team has been able to overcome design, cost, and time constraints, while delivering the asset tracking solution for fleet management and monitoring of 18-wheeler chassis that transport chemicals in just 60 days.
With Essentium’s technology along with its material scientists, service and support team, and training support, Additive at Scale was able to complete the pilot phase quickly and efficiently. Due to the project’s success, Additive at Scale has been given official vendor status and is in the process of scaling-up production.
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