My company has 2 Makerbots, a Replicator 2 and a 2X. We are an engineering firm in the field of gas turbine research and development. We design and print functional tools & jigs used in the assembly and testing of our engine prototypes, as well as scale models of some of our actual work. During off-hours we use the Makerbots to make all sorts of things, as we have access to the company's professional grade CAD software and other tools. We've printed mountain bike parts, rotary knobs, computer chassis parts, and all kinds of servo mounts, brackets, jigs, air ducts, and other items to speed the development cycle of our prototypes. In some cases we are able to print some of the actual engine assemblies as a demonstration article for the client.
The Makerbots have become our lower-priority CNC machine shop for any parts which can me made from plastic and are suitable for printing. This saves us a lot of time and money, and lets us make more parts by machine rather than by hand. This speeds up delivery time and keeps the project moving forward. It reduces cost because printing parts on the 'bots costs a lot less than milling them out in the CNC shop, plus the 'bots are faster than the CNC shop 99% of the time.
I Am A…Engineer
Tools I Use…
Printers: MakerBot Replicator 2