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3D printing from Brown and Holmes gives greater flexibility and more opportunities when designing and manufacturing complex parts. 

We use the latest 3D printer technology from Stratasys for our additive manufacturing which produces parts and prototypes using a wide range of materials including carbon fibre, polymers, acrylics, thermoplastics and polyurethane. 

As durable as traditionally manufactured parts, this gives our customers the ability to use lighter materials and produce more complex, thermally stable and/or heat resistant parts. To answer what types of parts and fixtures can be 3D printed, the simplest answer is that if our in-house designers can model it, we can 3D print it directly from our CAD data and modelling programmes!

3D printing also gives additional functionality to our workholding solutions, as it allows us to make hybrid fixtures and assemblies. This in turn allows Brown and Holmes to provide our customers with an enhanced level of customisation and enable them to quickly respond to market changes and make faster product improvements. 

Design service for 3D parts
The Brown and Holmes designers love a challenge and our 3D printers allow them to design and manufacture much more complex parts than conventional machining and traditional manufacturing allows. It has also means that we can reduce the number of parts within an assembly which enables customers to reduce their bill of material complexity. We start by designing parts using our CAD programmes then convert them into GrabCAD so they can be printed directly from our design office. 

Our 3D Printers
Brown and Holmes currently use a Fortus 450 mc and a F170 3D printer for the additive manufacturing of parts. Across the two 3D printing machines we are able to produce parts in 17 different materials. Whilst we offer a design service for 3D printing, we can also print parts from customers’ own designs from a variety of CAD formats. 

3D Printing Capacity
The capacity of our biggest machine is a 16” cubed envelope. However, we can print different parts and assemble or glue them together to make parts much bigger! Our machines are able to run 24/7 so depending on the process, we can turn jobs around quickly as the can continue to run overnight when necessary to reduce lead times and meet customer deadlines. 

3D Print Services
Some of our customers need one-off, individual parts printing, whilst for others we provide a sub-contract service to 3D print small batches of complex parts and assemblies. 

Hybrid fixture manufacturing 

3D printed parts can be used as part  of a larger assembly that fits onto a traditionally manufactured fixture base and can also incorporate hardened bushes.  Many of our orders now use both conventionally manufactured parts plus printed ones that are then assembled together. 

3D printing offers customers a wide range of flexibility and we welcome enquiries from companies looking for innovative  workholding solutions, ways to re-engineer components and/or a supplier for additive manufacturing. 3D printing is a very complementary service to the traditional machining and cutting services that Brown and Holmes provide and we are very happy to advise on which method we feel is most suited for our clients’ projects. 

Contact us today on 01827 63591 or email us your enquiry here.

Brown and Holmes specialises in workholding solutions, subcontract machining and related products. Conveniently based in Tamworth in central England, we supply customers across the worldincluding UK, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and United States of America.

We have built an international reputation for quality work holding solutions, mechanical handling, precision machining and sub-contract machining services as well as for the products we supply.

Often working with customers to turn initial ideas and concepts into solutions we offer a full turn-key service customised to meet their requirements and budgets. Enabling us to do this, we have our own design team and specialist manufacturing sites. We also work with customers’ shop floor teams on their implementation across the globe as well as providing full technical backup, support and maintenance programmes.

To discuss how Brown and Holmes can help with your workholding and machining solutions, please contact us on +44 (0)1827 63591 or email us your enquiry.

Brown & Holmes (Tamworth) LTD

Unit F, Apollo Park,
Lichfield Road Industrial Estate,Tamworth, Staffordshire B79 7TA
T: 01827 63591
Fax: 01827 54322
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