Even though it is the first time we talk about Eckhart, the company is active over 60 years in the tooling industry.

Eckhart’s tooling industry

Eckhart is the manufacturer of tools used in production. Several manufacturers have chosen it for the support and automation in the assembly process in the automotive, aerospace, construction as well as medical industries.

Eckhart’s ergonomic lift-assist and torque-mitigating tools allow a technician to perform tasks like lifting and positioning a car engine while it is bolted to the chassis. And the company also makes tools that let manufacturers complete high-torque assembly processes where space and part shape limit access.

With the integration of additive manufacturing in the fabrication of industrial tools, the company will offer its customers three main techniques of additive processes within this arena:

  • Light-weighting & Ergonomics: “The lighter and more organically shaped a tool is, the easier it is to operate and move around the assembly environment.” We have illustrated it via different stories, 3D printing enables to produce lighter designs (than those produced in metal). Stratasys’ material called FDM Nylon 12CF can replace metal in many applications.
  • Line-of-Sight Improvement. In other terms, this advantage consists in reducing the useless material (by cutting it out) to be able to design voids in a tool.
  • Last, designers can redesign an assembly of numerous parts into a single part and therefore, facilitate both the build structure and the bill of materials for manufacture.

Fostering the use of micro sensors in 3D printed tools

In addition to develop the industry 4.0, the two companies also want to develop the use of micro sensors in 3D printed tools. They will serve as preventing tools in the smart factories of the futures.

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