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Investing in quality

Quality propellers and stern gear have received a boost at Clements Engineering with the company's investment in a new 3D printer for pattern-making.

The team at Clements now has full control over the manufacturing process; the new 3D support means that what their expertise achieves already in moulding/casting, machining and design can now be monitored end-to-end for quality.

Printing the patterns in this way gives more freedom and flexibility compared with other methods whilst also allowing the patterns to be used many times; making the process more cost efficient. In addition, patterns can be made almost instantaneously and parts can be made more easily for individual customers.

Clements has been testing and refining the process on the machine over the last 6 months with the largest propellers printed so far being a pair of Kaplan 1335mm in diameter. The team has also had success in printing P-brackets with impressive accuracy.

Paul Williams, Managing Director, said, “This is an important step for us at Clements. We have been busy here and this machine will help us provide even greater accuracy and a quicker turnaround.”

Exhibitor: Clements Engineering Ltd

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