3D printing is a perfect example of how disruptive innovations often lead to fundamental evolutions, which is why ENGIE Fabricom has been fully committed to this technology for the past three years. Customers are offered a comprehensive service, from design and engineering to the finished product, including testing.
ENGIE Fabricom is responsible for designing, creating and maintaining combined technical installations for companies and local authorities. The company’s solutions in this area are contributing to smooth progress, and improving mobility, safety, the share of renewable energy, and distribution networks, as well as optimising the operational performance, energy performance and reliability of installations in industry.
Innovation in this segment is even more essential than elsewhere, which is why ENGIE Fabricom has been investing in 3D metal printing services for the past three years. This means the company can produce even extremely complex parts with internal structures locally for its customers when these are needed for maintenance or repair. There are lots of advantages to 3D printing technology. Firstly, the virtually unlimited design freedom opens up new, unexplored possibilities to design more efficient or more functional pieces. In addition, even complex parts can be optimally designed according to their respective functions, all with rapid turnaround and tailored to customers’ needs. That in turn means customers no longer have to hold expensive stocks, and can rely on receiving spare parts without delay. 3D metal printing also means complex parts or units can be produced in a single piece, which reduces the costs and time associated with assembly.
ENGIE Fabricom’s services are a total package, from design and engineering to the finished product, including a whole range of tests and associated approvals. The complete 3D printing process, including turning and milling if necessary, is carried out in our workshop in Zwijndrecht.
In parallel to this total solution, ENGIE Fabricom also wants to gain more insight into all the possibilities offered by 3D printing, and use this expertise to exploit the technology even more effectively. In this respect, ENGIE Fabricom is assisted by a cooperation with Laborelec and the university KU Leuven. “We believe in the importance of controlling the entire chain, so we can guarantee the quality of the end product,” says Bruno Depré, innovation manager at ENGIE Fabricom.