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PETIT spare parts uses Zetamix technology to provide on demand spare parts to the textile industry

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PETIT spare parts (PSP) is a trading company specialized in spares parts for textile machinery and loom. PSP provides spare parts all over the world and restores or designs specific parts on-demand specific, sometimes producing a single different object each time.

By adopting Zetamix 3D printing technology for ceramics, PSP was able to produce small series of ceramic parts for a price that traditional manufacturing cannot compete with. Indeed, according to Nanoe, the company that developed the Zetamix process, producing a rare spare part by injection molding would cost up to 500 euros whereas the cost of one Zetamix part is only 15 euros.

Outsourced technical ceramic objects involve the production of new mold and a minimum order of 100 parts, in addition to up to three months in terms of time requirements. Zetamix 3D printing allows printing ceramic part with a record low price, without any minimum quantity and a delay of only one week.

PETIT spare parts

PSP on demand

In the textile manufacturing industry, looms and machines have to handle wires. With the increase of pace, thread guides in contact with these wires are more solicited and wear out very quickly. Wire guides must meet a double challenge: be wear and abrasion resistant while maintaining a good surface condition so as not to damage the wires. Ceramics, and in particular zirconia, are ideal for this application because they are abrasion-resistant, yet extremely smooth.

These objects can be easily made by injection molding or other processes, but Petit Spare parts needed a flexible and quick manufacturing solution. Indeed, industrials often use a unique or specific machine which needs on-demand parts. For this reason, the company cannot afford to involve a complete production line for a few of parts.

PETIT spare parts

Threading time

Moreover, PETIT Spare part makes a point of providing goods to their client as fast as possible. This is why the company needs to ensure that their stock can provide a wide variety of spare parts in order to meet their client needs in a record time. However, it’s simply impossible to have a full stock of parts that have specific requirements or are particularly rare spare. In these cases PSP has to ask for quotations from several sub-contractor, produce the object and ensure quality while providing the part within the set time.

The Zetamix ceramics 3D printing approach made these challenges easier to address. By using additive manufacturing for the production of small series and specific needs, not only do they save money and can offer a fairer price to their clients, but they were also able to improve the delivery service.

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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 and, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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