Listertube supplies many industries with large and small seamless tubes such as for sports equipment, gas fires and drones which are carried out on its CNC machines.
The business prides itself on supplying quotes and producing orders quicker than its competitors for mid-volume amounts ranging from bespoke one-off tubes to several hundred.
These often require new tools or tools to be adapted to complete the quick turnaround for its customers which are based throughout the UK.
Peter said: “We wanted to explore how we could increase our speed and reduce our cost of the tool making.
“That led us into the 3D printing arena. We originally bought a 3D printer four or five years ago and started using it to make checking fixtures that we could use at the bending machine, having checked first-offs with a co-ordinated manufacturing machine.
“We then wondered if our printer could be used for some of our tooling that is normally manufactured from hardened steel. We started with very small tools where we had long lead-in times.”