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Heineken 3D Prints On-Demand Brewery Parts

ZDNet reports Heineken, the adult beverage company, is using Ultimaker 3D printers to 3D print on-demand brewery parts.  This is in order “to customize and redesign custom parts for its production lines.”

This innovation is occurring in one of Heineken’s breweries in Seville, Spain.  Specifically, the company is using “a set of Ultimaker S5 printers to design and print its safety devices, tools, and parts.”  In the past, Heineken outsourced the creation of these parts to third party vendors.  However, now, due to the wonders of 3D printing, Heineken is “able to save about 80% in production costs.”

“Another perk has been uptime at the brewery. Heineken’s Seville brewery produces about 400 million liters of beer a year. Heineken has been leveraging Ultimaker 3D printers for a year or so. It started with the Ultimaker 2+, but now uses Ultimaker S5 printers, which are larger.”

In all, Heineken is using 3D printing for “printing parts for the production line to avoid downtime and create parts on demand, tweaking and optimizing part designs (Heineken has retooled designs as it replaces parts), creating quality control and maintenance teams, and bolstering safety by printing parts that prevent accidents.”

Image and Quotes Courtesy of ZDNet, Heineken, and Ultimaker

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