Building a Community of Injection Molding Users

Aug. 11, 2023
Nexa3D promotes compatibility and sustainability by allowing manufacturers to use existing equipment rather than investing in something entirely new.

Glen Mason, manager of advanced innovation and industrialization at DeMarini, a division of Wilson Sporting Goods and Lasse Staal, business development director of Nexa3D, spoke with Sharon Spielman, technical editor of Machine Design, about additive manufacturing for the sporting goods space. 

In this last part of a five-part series, we learn that Nexa3D wants to provide a flexible ecosystem that allows users to utilize Nexa3D’s software as well as other software like SolidWorks or CAD. This approach promotes compatibility and sustainability as it allows manufacturers to use their existing equipment instead of having to invest in entirely new software or equipment.

So, to get this to work, you don’t have to buy a new injection molding machine or a new material for that matter,” Staal says. “You can use whats already there. And that’s also part of the sustainability. We shouldn’t try to replace stuff that already works; we should try to enhance it.”

READ MORE: ASME Honors Additive Manufacturing Innovation

Recognizing the Potential, Promoting Technology Literacy

When it comes to manufacturing parts or tooling, Mason explains the option to outsource to third-party manufacturers. They have collaborations with noncompetitive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that can bring their parts to for review and assistance in the digital manufacturing process. This collaboration includes proof of concept for injection-molded parts. The goal is to help OEMs realize the benefits of digital manufacturing and decide whether to invest in a system on their own.

Mason says they want to build a community of users and promote literacy in this technology. “Lots of great things are happening here at Wilson, all enabled by the free-form injection molding technology,” he says. “I see just a tremendous amount of potential and I'm sure we will continue to have conversations like this as we're bringing out new products using this technology.”

Also in This Series

Sponsored Recommendations

How BASF turns data into savings

May 7, 2024
BASF continuously monitors the health of 63 substation assets — with Schneider’s Service Bureau and EcoStruxure™ Asset Advisor. ►Learn More: https://www.schn...

Agile design thinking: A key to operation-level digital transformation acceleration

May 7, 2024
Digital transformation, aided by agile design thinking, can reduce obstacles to change. Learn about 3 steps that can guide success.

Can new digital medium voltage circuit breakers help facilities reduce their carbon footprint?

May 7, 2024
Find out how facility managers can easily monitor energy usage to create a sustainable, decarbonized environment using digital MV circuit breakers.

The Digital Thread: End-to-End Data-Driven Manufacturing

May 1, 2024
Creating a Digital Thread by harnessing end-to-end manufacturing data is providing unprecedented opportunities to create efficiencies in the world of manufacturing.

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Machine Design, create an account today!