Low-Volume Production

Start up your low-volume production without the usual constraints

Given high startup costs and the difficulty of creating geometrically complex or personalized parts, traditional manufacturing processes such as injection molding or forming are poorly adapted to low-volume production. Because it solves all of these problems, additive manufacturing (3D printing) is a highly competitive solution.

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Maximize your production thanks to competitive subcontracting

1. Save time and money

Leveraging 3D printing techniques enables us to produce high-quality parts in limited quantities, resulting in competitive unit costs and production timeframes. The technology also offers you the possibility of testing several different models in the same production batch.

Moreover, using 3D printing in the aeronautics industry makes for lower fuel consumption thanks to lighter parts.

Enjoy advantageous production capacities:

  • Because 3D printed parts require no molding or tooling, you enjoy lower costs and timeframes;
  • In case of design modifications, you can rapidly receive different versions of the product;
  • Move up your delivery schedule: our programming processes are more expedient and no customized tooling is required in most cases;
  • Minimize your part’s weight;
  • Consolidate several parts into one;
  • We produce parts using Ultem 9085, an FTS-approved material under FAR 25.853, to meet aeronautics requirements.

2. Limit your risks

Your commitment remains minimal, given that the project will not require you to order major volumes. Our unfailing dedication to respecting delivery deadlines and fast manufacturing timelines prevent you from paying fees incurred by lateness.

Trust a team that stands by its commitments:

  • To offer the best value for short-series production;
  • To produce parts locally in order to guarantee control over the finished product;
  • To rely on a management team that oversees every step of the project;
  • To deliver parts that are guaranteed functional.

3. Guarantee your project’s success

Our 3D printing technology provides greater design freedom:

  • Part designs are optimized according to use;
  • The design can easily be modified;
  • Parts are printed on request (variable volume, from 2 to 200), in most cases not requiring the use of specific equipment:
  • The parts can be created according to your needs, in terms of shape, complexity and dimensional volume.

Enjoy a quality final product:

  • Our rigorous quality process and production controls guarantee product quality;
  • The most suitable material is chosen from a variety of thermoplastics, depending on requirements;
  • The thermoplastics used in 3D printing have properties similar to those of the thermoplastics used in conventional processes (injection, thermoforming, machining, etc.).

The Solaxis difference

Expertise

  • FAIR
  • CoC
  • Dimensional inspection
  • Finishing that meets aeronautics and military standards
  • Certified ISO 9001 and AS9100C
Compare our materials
  • Advanced-engineering thermoplastics
  • Impressive properties:
    • Impact resistance
    • Heat resistance
    • Mechanical resistance
    • Chemical resistance
    • UV resistance
    • Dielectric resistance
    • Antistatic
    • Self-lubricating
    • FST- FAR 25.853

Modern facilities

  • A variety of cutting-edge manufacturing equipment
  • Reliability guaranteed by our auxiliary equipment:
    • Paint room that meets aeronautic and ground transport standards
    • Industrial generator and UPS backup, as well as high-performance servers
    • ERP system and EPDM vault

Examples of projets

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Customer
Customer in the aeronautics industry.

Project brief
To produce various short-series parts to be added to assemblies for aeronautics needs.

Goals

  • The main goal was to be able to order the components in small quantities, depending on the customer’s needs.
  • Most of the parts required a specific finish.

Results

  • The customer ordered a number of parts from us, specifying multiple release dates and quantities to meet its production schedule. We always deliver within established deadlines.
  • Thanks to our internal capacities, we were able to finish the parts in compliance with aeronautics standards.
  • We also delivered all the documentation the customer would need for the activity sector.
  • Our flexibility and the quality of the parts were key factors for the customer, who has since entrusted us with other similar projects.
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Customer
Customer in the energy sector.

Project brief
After having developed an ingenious system to prevent ice from forming on antennae, the customer needed only a few parts to be able to break the ice.

Goals

  • To produce parts that could be used outdoors on an ongoing basis.
  • To offer an affordable price for short-series production of a complex part.

Results

  • We made the parts using PC-ABS, a material known for its high impact resistance.
  • We then applied an exterior finish in order to protect the part from UV rays.
  • After more than 4 years, the parts are still working well outdoors and remain resilient to the weather of Quebec.

Return on investment

  • Unlike traditional methods (machining, injection, liquid resin casting, etc.), the Solaxis solution avoids expenses associated with programming and investing in complex and expensive tooling to produce small quantities.
  • Flexible delivery also yields the benefits of LEAN Manufacturing, thanks to just-in- time (JIT) sourcing.

Our activity sectors

Frequently asked questions

Are the parts really functional?

Because our parts are produced using thermoplastics, they have properties similar to those of parts injected with the same material.

What exactly is “short-series” production?

Depending on the size, geometry and complexity of your part, optimal quantities may vary:

  • For a small 1 in 3 part, optimal volumes range from 50 to 250 parts.
  • For a 6 in 3 part, optimal volumes range from 5 to 25 parts.