DEC specialises in providing the energy industry with bespoke solutions to mechanical handling difficulties. The company uses a 3D-modelling printer in order to allow clients to visualise how these solutions will work for them.
3D modelling is also a cost-effective way of producing a sample piece without the expense of fabricating parts in the final form. As the only firm in Scotland to own the ZPrinter 450, DEC has a competitive edge over similar engineering firms.
Richard Hay, managing director of DEC, said: ‘The investment in the 3D-modelling printer has made a huge difference to our business. It makes it possible for us to show clients a replica, or the actual size and shape of specific solutions that we recommend for their business in the form of a hard plastic resin model.
‘As we specialise in bespoke one-off projects for our clients, it is necessary for us to be able to communicate our recommendation in a clear and concise manner. 3D modelling has helped us with this process. Clients with complicated projects can instantly see how we can solve their problem.’
Hay added: ‘The 3D printer has also given us the capability of enhancing our service to clients that require the fabrication of parts for complex machinery. We can produce a 3D model of a part to test the actual size to find out exactly how it will look when it is fabricated in steel.’
DEC is currently in the process of designing an 80-tonne winch to go on the back of a boat. The use of the 3D printer enabled the client to see how the design would look in scale to existing equipment.