In Solihull's Final Assembly 2, amidst the noise of stunning Jaguar F-PACE and Range Rover Velars being built, the sound of 3D printing stations now hums around the building.
Team Improvement Circle, New 3D Kids on the Block have been blazing a new trail for sustainability at Solihull by using 3D printers to create new tooling and items, aimed at improving our quality and Delivered Cost Per Car.
The team, made up from Group Leader James Wood and Associates, Lewis Patrick, Dan Holtom and Justin Averill, have been working alongside Production Leaders Lee Perkins and Adam Callahan.
James Wood explained, “We’ve had some non-production time in FA2 due to semi-conductor availability, so we wanted to make the most of our downtime.”
With a view to being obsessed about quality, the New 3D Kids on the Block scoured FA2 to understand what they could improve.
James continued, “We wanted to make a range of tooling improvements, whether it be drill holsters to stop vehicle damage or devices to stop loose fixtures dropping inside vehicles, causing squeaks and rattles.”
Normally, teams on site would contact our supplier partner. James explained, “Suppliers quoted £30 per drill holster. But, after speaking with Production Manager Dean Maguire, he showed us how Engineering are able to 3D print. We put a business case together and bought ourselves a 3D printer.”
You’d think that 3D printing might be a complex operation, but with a bit of training, James and the Circle are fully set up and have been printing their own items since last October.
With a view to saving money, James continued, “A roll of recycled plastic filament costs £30 and we have enough to make the drill holsters at £1 a piece.” Not only are the 3D Kids saving a wedge of cash, but they’re also protecting the environment by using recycled materials at the same time. Amazing!
We want to give a big Solihull shout-out to the New 3D Kids on the Block and say a big well done for being both sustainable and cost conscious.
The Circle are looking at taking their 3D printing skills to the next level and want to help all areas of Solihull. Do you have an idea or a Kaizen you need to have 3D printed? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions.