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Lindner 3D prints tractor parts using HSS technology from voxeljet

The company turned to WESTCAM to produce 300 control joysticks per year, with different designs

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To address the diverse structural conditions of mountainous terrains and cater to the unique requirements of farmers, Lindner Tractor Company has embraced cutting-edge technologies and digitalization in its production processes. This includes Lindner adopting HSS (high-speed sintering) 3D printing technology from voxeljet, via the 3D printing service provider WESTCAM, to revolutionize the manufacturing of customized joysticks and control levers for its state of the art tractors.

Lindner is a prominent player in agricultural machinery, standing out for its expertise in cultivating mountain and grassland landscapes. Through continuous innovation and development, this Austrian family-owned enterprise has solidified its position as a leading technology powerhouse in the field.

Lindner 3D prints tractor parts using HSS technology from voxeljet, turning to WESTCAM to produce 300 control joysticks per year

Traditionally, the agricultural machinery industry relies on injection molding for producing such components. However, Lindner recognized the limitations of this method, particularly its expense, generic outputs, and inefficiency. With a diverse product range and the demand for customized solutions, Lindner sought a more flexible and cost-effective alternative.

Enter additive manufacturing, specifically HSS technology, which offers a game-changing solution. By leveraging HSS 3D printing, Lindner can produce functional plastic parts without the need for expensive and time-consuming tooling. This not only enables the rapid production of different design variants and highly individualized products but also facilitates the creation of new prototypes with minimal investment.

Lindner 3D prints tractor parts using HSS technology from voxeljet, turning to WESTCAM to produce 300 control joysticks per year

Manuel Lindner, Head of Innovation & Quality at Lindner, explained, “We had to look for alternatives to injection molding production, due to individual inquiries from our customers and the requirements for special small series. WESTCAM, a long-standing partner from voxeljet, provided us with competent support in this process and took over the production of the joysticks.”

Moreover, HSS 3D printing offers scalability, making it suitable for series production. Lindner’s joysticks, optimized for additive manufacturing, can be efficiently produced in batches, catering to the company’s annual demand of approximately 300 units. The use of HSS technology not only reduces production costs but also streamlines assembly processes, allowing for seamless integration of customer-specific requirements.

With the VX1000 HSS from voxeljet at WESTCAM, Lindner possesses one of the largest and most productive 3D printers for polymers on the market. This advanced printing system, coupled with Lindner’s expertise in large-format 3D printing, opens up new possibilities for additive series production of polymer components. It offers an economical alternative to conventional injection molding for large-scale manufacturing, further enhancing Lindner’s competitive edge in the industry.

By embracing additive manufacturing, Lindner Tractor Company demonstrates its commitment to flexibility, innovation, and customer-centricity. This strategic approach not only strengthens Lindner’s market position but also reinforces its reputation as a pioneer in agricultural machinery technology.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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