Heineken is using the technology to improve machinery in its factories, enhancing safety and quality control by printing custom parts on-site while reducing costs and increasing efficiency

To aid in streamlining the manufacturing process in one of its top breweries, Dutch beer company Heineken is 3D printing its own custom tools and parts. The brand hopes that the technology will help reduce costs and expedite processes by saving the company from outsourcing.

Heineken site in Seville, Spain

These new tools are being created through Ultimaker S5 3D printers and will fix problems in the maintenance, work safety and product testing processes of manufacturing at a Heineken production site in Seville, Spain. Using this tech, Heineken has been able to improve the locking mechanism on machines to keep them from starting during maintenance, which will further keep workers safe and maintenance running as smoothly as possible.

This brewery location produces a high number of Heineken brands, with a production capacity of 500 million liters annually, so efficiency is of the utmost importance. By creating its own tools and parts in-house, Heineken is cutting its factory costs as well enabling the brand to customize tools more easily to its exact needs. Despite being in the early phases of 3D printing, Heineken has already seen upwards of 90% in cost reduction and delivery times for certain applications.

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To aid in streamlining the manufacturing process in one of its top breweries, Dutch beer company Heineken is 3D printing its own custom tools and parts. The brand hopes that the technology will help reduce costs and expedite processes by saving the company from outsourcing.

Heineken site in Seville, Spain

These new tools are being created through Ultimaker S5 3D printers and will fix problems in the maintenance, work safety and product testing processes of manufacturing at a Heineken production site in Seville, Spain. Using this tech, Heineken has been able to improve the locking mechanism on machines to keep them from starting during maintenance, which will further keep workers safe and maintenance running as smoothly as possible.