In essence, the part is a 3D-printed filling assembly for Torus Group’s top load and volume gauge machine. The assembly is a complex construction of channels, inserts and electrodes that allow water to flow in and out during bottle volume and crush resistance testing.

Printed to an accuracy of 50 micron on a Stratasys Objet260 Connex3, the process has not only led to increased efficiency, but improved accuracy and reliability to help meet the stringent demands of internationally renowned clients.

Visitors to the SYS Systems stand will also be able to discover the Stratasys Fortus range and its capabilities for printing with ‘Nylon 12 Carbon Fiber’, a light but tough engineering-grade thermoplastic that is increasingly replacing metal tooling, fixturing and end-use parts. Nylon 12CF contains 35% chopped carbon fibres, compared with the 15% figure of its nearest rival, and achieves 30 to 50% higher density on finished parts, reports the company.

The line-up will be completed by the Stratasys J750 3D-printing system. With 360,000-plus available colour combinations, the J750 enables users to create models that look, feel and operate like finished products so that even the most imaginative ideas can be brought to life.

SYS Systems sales manager Rob Thompson says: “The TCT show is one of the events we most look forward to and always proves an invaluable opportunity for the team to speak to customers old and new about the latest Stratasys technologies.

“We’re very excited to be teaming up with Torus Group this year,” he adds. “The live demonstrations will help show the innovation levels of 3D-printing solutions, and how they are delivering major cost and efficiency benefits for UK manufacturers.

“Investing in 3D printing is now easier and more cost-effective than ever. As well as our ‘trade in, trade up’ scheme, where we offer the price of an old printer back against a brand new Stratasys model, we have a range of flexible finance options available to cater for all budgets and circumstances.”

This year’s TCT show, now in its 24th edition, runs from 24-26 September at the Birmingham NEC.