3D printing channel letters reduced the costs by 30%
Styles Werbetechnik is a full-service sign making company. In addition to the classic product range of advertising signs, vehicle lettering, foil lettering and car wrapping, textile printing and embroidery, they are especially focussed on the construction of outdoor advertising systems such as pylons, pillars and profile letters.
With their products, they do not only supply end users, but also supply market companions with products produced inhouse. Styles does this in the whole of Germany.
With the current growth, their team will grow over the current of 21 employees in the various departments in short matter of time. An expansion building was completed in 2019 and another new building is necessary and in the final planning phase.
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“3D printing is the future of profile advertising systems”
Channel letters are one of the focus points of Styles Werbetechnik. Channel letters come in all kinds of sizes, shapes and materials. They are usually made of aluminium or plastics, can be painted or unpainted, and come with or without lighting. In other words, they come in a wide variety of designs, shapes and materials. So Styles was looking for an all-round solution.
To help their clients in the best way possible, Styles Werbetechnik sees it as their task to make themselves as independent as possible from suppliers of finished products. Therefore they needed a futureproof system that will allow them to manufacture profile letters in various thicknesses, shapes and materials, and, if possible, to do so using as single production method.
After a thorough research period, the 3D printing process emerged as a future proof and modern solution. Since there is unfortunately only little information available on the market about devices, materials and actual possibilities, we decided to tackle the project together with Gröner and Tractus3D. This made sure we had great support, short and quick communication, as well as quick and good material supply. This was important for us to make sure we would make the right choice for the future.
To make sure 3D printing was the right course, a test phase was started with the Tractus3D T1250. It quickly became clear that the first “small” tests after some hours of 3D construction, printing and material testing, that we could already install our first channel letters.
Hereby the highest possible standards regarding the surface finish and the materials itself where pursued and achieved. This would help in marketing the “arrival of 3D printing” for signage and profile letters, and strengthen the trust in the new product.
The Tractus3D printers are limitless in the design and manufacturing of profile letters. Difficult shapes, serifs, sharp angles or other design elements can be easy realized. Where conventional production processes quickly reaches its limits, for example the depths usually start at 60mm. While 3D printing can confidently start producing from 30mm depth, illuminated without having to resort to expensive molded 30mm opal glass. Since the 3D printers don’t need to be watched during the process, it can also run at night and in the weekends, making sure the production time is much faster.
Cost-benefits and profit generation play a big role for every company, of couse. With 3D printing, Style generated the following benefits: