Smithstown considered several potential 3D printers before designing their own benchmark and then sending it to possible suppliers. “The quality of the benchmark produced on the TruPrint 2000 caught our eye. Furthermore, the machine‘s volume was perfect for our requirements and the price was competitive,” says Gerard King, Managing Director at Smithstown. The additive process is ideal for Smithstown‘s medical products due to the complex geometries. “Without 3D printing, several processes taking several hours would be required. Additive manufacturing also has the potential for customised adaptations which has obvious advantages for products such as implants.”
Since the installation of the TruPrint 2000 at Smithstown, prototypes and samples have been produced constantly from 17-4 stainless steel for medical technology customers. With its small 55-µm laser beam diameter, the TruPrint 2000 provides a high-quality printing result which impresses with its surface quality and level of detail. Two TRUMPF 300 W fiber lasers ensure high productivity across the entire cylindrical build volume of 200 mm (diameter) by 200 mm (height). Deviations in the laser melting process can be detected early via sensors with Melt Pool Monitoring, as critical areas of the component can be visualised. “We are very satisfied with the quality and speed of the TruPrint 2000. We enjoy the best possible support from TRUMPF; they are always ready to hear about our needs,” explains Gerard King.