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Redesigning Micromobility With KUHMUTE and the Formlabs Fuse 1

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The Fuse 1 is Formlabs’ intuitive and accessible Selective Laser Sintering printer for Nylon 11 and Nylon 12. Since the Fuse 1 began shipping, the printing platform has already helped Formlabs customers design, iterate, and manufacture end-use nylon parts all under one roof. One such success story is KUHMUTE, a Flint, Michigan-based company that manufactures universal charging stations for small electric vehicles. 

KUHMUTE was founded in 2018 with the goal of providing an organized charging ecosystem for a growing fleet of e-scooters in their city. 3D printing in high-quality materials has always been a critical tool for prototyping at KUHMUTE. However, with the help of the Fuse 1, their team is now able to manufacture custom docking hardware on demand for a wider range of vehicles. Their system is compatible with e-scooters, wheelchairs, e-bikes, and even delivery robots, better addressing the diverse accessibility needs of commuters and businesses across the US.

In this presentation, learn what it takes to set up a Fuse 1 printer and post-processing solutions in your own workspace, and hear how in-house SLS printing is enabling users to reduce costs, iterate quickly and manufacture bespoke solutions for their own customers. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess whether SLS technology is appropriate for their own manufacturing workflow.
  • Contrast benefits/challenges of in-house printing with benefits/challenges of outsourcing 3D printed parts.