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Grainger & Worrall invests in 3D technology

recreating the future rapid prototyping

Shropshire castings company, Grainger & Worrall, has invested over £500,000 in an S-Print HHS 3D sand printer. The technology enables the Bridgnorth-based company to provide its customers with an additional innovative and highly advanced rapid prototyping solution.

Grainger & Worrall’s new 3D printer is the first commercially available installation of its type in Europe and is able to create more complex engine parts. This allows the firm to push the boundaries of engine design to construct previously unfeasible components, when compared to traditional casting technology.

Compared to printed furan technology, the HHS sand print process produces up to 250 per cent stronger cores that are able to maintain even greater geometric stability throughout the casting procedure. Indeed, this makes it suitable for use with both iron and steel. In addition, the use of a phenol-based binder and silica synthetic blended sand offers significant advantages in the stability of aluminium castings.

Edward Grainger, director of Grainger & Worrall, said: “Our commitment to delivering market-leading programmes for our client-base means we are seeking, constantly, to improve our capabilities. Our latest investment will enhance our ability to offer customers, across the automotive, motorsport and aerospace sectors, greater benefits in terms of time, cost and performance on specialist casting projects.

“The past 60 years has seen Grainger & Worrall develop and maintain a reputation for technical excellence, quality and service. The addition of the S-Print HHS sand printer will allow us to continue to deliver ground-breaking innovation for our clients around the world.”

The equipment has been housed in a purpose-built production facility at Grainger & Worrall’s Bridgnorth site and feeds cores to the company’s six foundries. It’s part of an ongoing programme of investment at the company’s sites in Bridgnorth and Telford.

Categories: Engineering