Automotive Plant

TXMR Sdn Bhd is a full fledge manufacturing solution provider that mainly focuses on automotive industry, in particular, precision die cut components and manufacturing support products. They provide a complete manufacturing engineering services ranging from ideas, research and development, prototyping to mass production for mechanical and electrical engineering.

As a manufacturing solution provider, TXMR has automated the process of assembling chassis for various automobiles.

As it involves a complex mechanism in automating the chassis, TXMR find it hard to explain this process in particular to their clients.

They tried creating concept models with wood or cupboard paper but it didn’t help much.

Until they decided to 3D print it.

In this post, we will be sharing on what are the challenges faced by TXMR and why they decided to go ahead with 3D printing the gantry rail and crane.

The Process of Chassis Assembly

For a small scale unique production like racing car, the small team would produce a chassis jig to assembly and weld the chassis together.

However when it comes to mass manufacturing things are different.

It is inefficient to rely on manual labour to carry chassis parts individually for welding.

While the simple chassis jig is still valid, but it doesn’t help in solving the challenges faced in assembling and welding process.

With its unique gantry crane and railway, TXMR is able to automate the process through structural engineering to transport the respective automotive parts. This not only helps in holding chassis parts together, but it also help in moving parts for assembly and welding.

With this unique advantage, the challenge for TXMR now is to communicate efficiently with their clients on how can this process adds value to them.

Using Concept Models to Communicate with Clients

Their intention was simple – creating a concept model that can showcase how it works.

Gantry Crane in STL Format

Gantry Crane in STL Format

Conventional method in producing concept models not only seep away their staff’s productivity but it proves to be disrupting their time and production schedule as the traditional concept models couldn’t clearly articulate how the process adds value to their clients.

And that is how they stumble upon 3D printing the concept models.

Gantry Railway

Gantry Railway

Laser Focus on Core Business Activities

The conventional method requires a minimum of 5 days to produce a concept model while the staff struggled to cope with their main tasks.

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The concept model costs less than RM 250 and it was printed in ABS, a thermoplastic material. With 3D printer in place, it only took them 8 hours while staffs can focus on their existing fabrication and design engineering project.

While 3D printing concept model is not new, it allows TXMR to focus on tasks that mattered to the business.

To learn more about industrial application for 3D printing – check out our industrial guide which is tailored made for specific industries.