Ultimaker, the global leader in desktop 3D printing, recently announced that Heineken is using its solutions to produce a variety of custom tools and functional machine parts to aid in manufacturing at the company’s brewery in Seville, Spain. Using a set of Ultimaker S5 printers, engineers at Heineken now design and print safety devices, tools, and parts on-demand rather than outsourcing the job to external vendors, increasing production uptime and saving around 80% in production costs on the parts they 3D print.
The Sevilla brewery produces several brands of Heineken-owned beers, with a production capacity of up to 500 million liters of beer per year. The engineers at Heineken have been using the Ultimaker 2+ first and now multiple Ultimaker S5 printers, a larger, enterprise-ready machine. The 3D printing technology was first used for safety applications, but the engineers quickly learned time and cost can be saved by printing custom optimized functional parts for machines on the manufacturing line. The variety of use cases include applications to increase the uptime of our production line, optimizing part designs, tools for quality control and maintenance, and solutions to increase operator safety.