Nozzle Clamp, 3D Printed with FDM™
At Daikin Applied Americas, one of their test chambers uses a nozzle to direct airflow into the chamber. However, the process to open and close the nozzle was a time-consuming part of the test procedure. Engineers designed a solution to attach a closing mechanism to the nozzle using a large clamp. Using the Stratasys F770 FDM® 3D printer, Daikin printed the clamp. 3D printing the clamp with the F770 gave Daikin the ability to permanently change the test procedure and speed up the test process, which has long-term benefits. Additionally, the 3D printed clamp was produced in hours and cost approximately $500 compared to $8000 to machine it from aluminum, a savings of 93%.