Eye on the futureInnovation in hand

When it comes to cultivating mountain and grassland landscapes, the family-owned company Lindner tractor company is one of the leading technology powerhouses for agricultural machinery. The Austrian family-owned company has successfully occupied this niche through continuous innovation and development.

In order to meet both the varying structural conditions of mountain landscapes and the individual needs of farmers, Lindner has specialized in state-of-the-art technologies and digitalization in production. One of these pioneering processes is our high-speed sintering 3D printing technology, which Lindner Lindner uses to produce customized joysticks and control levers, gradually replacing injection molding with additive manufacturing.

Injection molding - expensive, generic and inefficient

The manufacturer of agricultural machinery usually employs the conventional injection molding method to manufacture control levers and joysticks. This process entails injecting liquid plastic under pressure into a hollow mold to create two halves of the component, which are then assembled and installed.

However, due to Lindner’s diverse product range and the customized needs of its customers, the company is gradually shifting away from injection molding. Each new design necessitates a new tool, which can be costly and time-consuming.

"We had to look for alternatives to injection molding production, due to individual inquiries from our customers and the requirements for special small series. WESTCAM, a long standing partner from voxeljet, provided us with competent support in this process and took over the production of the joysticks,"

Manuel LindnerHead of Innovation & Quality bei Lindner

However, high-speed sintering technology has an additional advantage over other additive manufacturing technologies, such as selective laser sintering or multi-jet fusion: scalability. The VX1000 HSS, which utilizes industrial print head technology and our expertise in large-format 3D printing systems, is one of the largest and most productive 3D printers for polymers available. The 3D printer for polymers has an build envelope of 1,000 x 540 x 180 mm³, making it one of the largest and most productive 3D printers on the market. This brings the additive series production of polymer components within reach and also offers an economical alternative to conventional injection molding for large series.

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