In 2005, 3D Studio Blomberg was approached to create an explanatory video animation to describe a dust-free sanding process. This video animation is still being used today and our collaboration with Mirka has further evolved into joint R&D activities incorporating emerging visualisation technologies and hardware such as AR glasses and IR cameras.
Find out more about Mirka here and read more about our further collaboration below.
Thermo Polishing: A joint collaboration with Mirka
Together with Mirka, world leader in abrasives technology innovation, 3D Studio Blomberg has developed a tool for more precise polishing of surfaces in the automotive industry. The tool, based on an infrared camera, smart glasses and laptop, has proven to increase accuracy and eliminate faults significantly.
Joint product development with Mirka
“Polishing surfaces in the automotive industry is a delicate skill”, says Mirka’s Chief Engineer, Processes, Hans Hede. “Having worked with the automotive industry for a long time, we knew that if we could come up with a tool that would shorten the training period and reduce faults it would be extremely useful and valuable for the industry.”
The basic idea around the Thermo Polishing tool was devised a few years ago and, since then, Mirka and 3D Studio Blomberg have worked closely together to develop and improve the tool.
“We’ve enjoyed collaborating with 3D Studio Blomberg on the development of the Thermo Polishing tool. 3D Studio Blomberg are good at focusing on ongoing projects and also eager to work with new ideas. I am convinced that we will open new doors with the Thermo Polishing tool and also create other impressive tools in the near future.” Hede says.
Highly pleasing results at Valmet Automotive
When tested at Valmet Automotive, a leading service provider in automotive engineering, vehicle manufacturing, convertible roof systems and related business services, the results were found to be highly satisfactory.
“We tested the tool in order to compare existing polishing styles to an optimal polishing style. During testing of the tool employees were able to monitor the amount of heat generated, coupled with the abrasive disc’s surface pressure and the quantity of polishing substance used. Training was carried out with each employee and the tool was very well received by all of the team.” says Tapio Kunnasmaa, Project Engineer at Valmet Automotive. Kunnasmaa went on to explain that in order to maintain an optimal polishing style employees must be trained at regular intervals.
The training has resulted in clear improvements regarding accuracy with fewer faults overall.
Presentation of Mirka’s Abranet solution