Jaguar Land Rover engineers are developing workwear that will better protect their colleagues on the production line.
The Additive Manufacturing team has used their experience in 3D printing to create an innovative glove that reduces muscle fatigue and the threat of a musculoskeletal disorder.
Designed with colleagues who work on the line fitting clips or fasteners into the chassis during assembly, the team created a lattice structure that would provide support, while also being flexible and comfortable to wear throughout an eight-hour shift.
Chris Noble, Jaguar Land Rover’s Additive Manufacturing Strategic Engineer, said the health and wellbeing of the workforce remains a priority for the team across all the company’s sites, adding:
“Technologies like the 3D-printed glove allow us to use world-leading expertise and equipment we have in-house to protect the hands of our makers, developing equipment that will make Jaguar Land Rover a great place to work, now and in the future.”
Using 3D computer aided design, Chris and his team modelled prototypes in different densities using a variety of materials for testing.
Following feedback from trials, a second-generation prototype is being developed, which will include a foam pad polymer material designed to absorb impacts when placed under pressure.
This project forms part of Jaguar Land Rover’s Destination Zero vision; an ambition to make societies safer and healthier, and the environment cleaner. In the future it will form part of a wider plan to deploy a range of technologies to assist those with muscle weakness or patients who suffer from physical or neurological disorders.
Jaguar Land Rover’s Additive Manufacturing Centre produces more than 80,000 parts a year, including for functional prototyping, design mock-ups, and manufacturing assembly aids and fixtures. The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 was also the first production vehicle to feature a number of 3D printed parts developed by the Additive Manufacturing team.