RS components, a leading distributor of electronic, electrical and mechanical components, announced its partnership with a leading digital manufacturer Protolabs, to provide unparalleled support for rapid prototyping and low volume production parts. The service will focus on Protolabs industrial 3D printing capabilities, but will also include their CNC machining and injection molding services.
This move is in line with RS’s commitment to deliver innovation to customers, helping them navigate the digital transformation and adoption of Industry 4.0. Design and manufacturing solutions are part of a suite alongside services such as calibration, procurement, maintenance and inventory solutions – a broad offering that supports customers in all areas of the sphere. industrial, giving them even more choice.
“In a rapidly changing engineering space, having access to services that can facilitate the rapid supply of prototypes or parts suitable for a wide variety of applications can provide a real competitive advantage. At RS, our mission is to help our clients maximize opportunities around Industry 4.0, and both educate them on the latest technological innovations and make them accessible. Our partnership with Protolabs perfectly supports this mission.
– Mike Bray, Group Manager, Innovation, R&D and DesignSpark at Electrocomponents
Design and manufacturing solutions will support engineers, designers, procurement and maintenance professionals, enabling them to reduce downtime, save money and run an iterative design. The solution is a valuable addition for users of the DesignSpark software, as the designs they create in the software can then be uploaded to Protolabs’ e-commerce platform for submission, analysis (design for manufacture) and parts production – a transparent and user-friendly process. .
Once parts are ordered, the automated systems employed by Protolabs enable parts to be produced in just one day, also ensuring the high precision required for complex designs and functional prototypes. Industrial 3D printing technologies used by Protolabs include Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Stereolithography (SLA), Multi-Jet Fusion (MJF), PolyJet (3D Printed Silicone) and Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) ). The parts can be produced in a wide range of plastics and metals.
“As two leading service providers in engineering and industry, the partnership between Protolabs and RS Components is exciting. We are both committed to driving innovation, defending Industry 4.0. and reliably facilitate the provision of fast, high-quality service to those who need prototypes or end-use parts, whether in the automotive, aerospace, medical fields, electricity or heavy industry.
– Bjoern Klaas, vice president and general manager of Protolabs, Europe
Klass concluded: “The service will initially be available to UK customers. As we develop the partnership, we look forward to bringing our digital manufacturing offering to the wider European market. “
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