Objet’s Eden 3D printer delivers unparalleled quality for Zebco fishing tackle prototypes
Engineering groups are challenged with developing better products in a shorter time. With today’s compressed development cycles, organizations require the ability to create high-quality prototypes in a cost effective way. Zebco, manufacturer fishing tackle in the US, selected Eden 3D printer from Objet Geometriesto get the job done
Zebco manufactures the most popular fishing tackle in the United States. In 1954, it introduced an affordable, easy-to-use spin cast reel that transformed the hobby into an accessible activity for individuals and families. The company maintains its leading position by consistently meeting demand for new, breakthrough products. Zebco is well versed in rapid prototyping having used various technologies previously. However, the need for a more reliable, high-quality prototype that resembles the finished product was required to support their R&D efforts led Zebco to explore new 3-D printing technologies.
Objet’s Eden line selected for resolution quality, smooth surfaces and office friendly environment
After exploring other alternatives such as Stereolithography (SlA), Zebco considered Objet’s Eden line and was immediately impressed by the system’s resolution quality and smooth surfaces. What’s more, the technology was office friendly with minimal clean-up requirements. Within months of the decision to find a new rapid prototyping solution, Zebco had an Eden 3-D printer from Objet.
Objet’s technology has proven to be indispensable for Zebco, facilitating fast design / engineering changes and high-quality prototypes. “The fit of the final parts can often rival that of machined parts,” said Doug Spence, Head Machinist, Zebco. “Plus the technology is easy to use and we never have to worry about errors”.
Objet was quickly integrated into the design and evaluation processes for a wide range of applications, including the development of cosmetic samples, form studies, engineering studies (e.g., gears and other moving fishing reel components) and masters for urethane casting.
In one application, Zebco utilized its Objet system while developing the model of a new baitcast reel that used carbon fiber for the handle and trim.
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