Functional Fabrication: Food Processing Production Application

Functional Fabrication: Idaho Steel Supercharges Their Machine Shop with SLS 3D Printing

Since 1918, Idaho Steel has manufactured, maintained and customized food processing equipment. Like most fabricators, they rely on CNC machining for many of their products’ components, and have recently added a ProX™ 500 Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) 3D printer into their production workflow as a means to create unique, project-specific parts more efficiently and effectively.

Idaho Steel has:

  • Cut production time from 25 days to less than 4 days for one of their prime applications – customized forming inserts and pistons for their Nex-Gem Former machine that forms potato products in different shapes
  • Reduced part costs by 10x by shifting some previously CNC-machined parts to 3D printed parts
  • Transformed, redesigned and 3D printed a sensor housing for a laser that detects the material level of a hopper or bin and relays it to the control system – yielding major improvements for the customer

Attend the live webinar featuring Idaho Steel, as they share their experiences of customization and why 3D printing was the perfect fit and solution to help accelerate production times while delivering durable, complex and high quality production parts.

Recorded Webinar from Dec. 8 will be available soon.

Join us as Idaho Steel discusses the roles the ProX 500 3D printer and DuraForm® ProX nylon material have played in advancing timelines, inspiring product innovation and improving overall part quality; and learn how you too can benefit from SLS 3D printing technology to foster innovation, meet customer demands and maintain your competitive edge.

Watch this video to get a sneak peak of how Idaho Steel integrates 3D printing into their design and manufacturing workflow.