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Whale’s Award Winning 3D Printing Service

The Whale team has been recognized by CIM Ireland for the 3rd year running, by being awarded their Marketing Excellence award in the Engineering Sector for their successes in establishing Whale 3D – Technical Services as a rapidly growing new business segment.  


The Technology

Around the world, the way that companies design and manufacture products is going through an engineering revolution. Bangor based company Whale is at the forefront of this revolution with its 3D Printing and Complete Technical Service Department.

3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping or Additive Manufacturing as it is sometimes known, is a new and quickly progressing technology. From an initial new product development idea, a product design is then created on computer using 3D modelling software (such as Autocad). This software file is sent to the specialist 3D printer machine which works by building up solid objects in thousands of wafer-thin layers. The printer lays down a fine layer or light-reactive plastic, which is immediately set into place by a beam of UV light passing overhead. The result… a solid three-dimensional product (even with moving parts) created in a single piece production without any assembly. One of Whale’s 3D printing Experts, Jim Sargent explains the benefits:-

‘Since introducing our advanced multi-material 3D printing machines, we are able to deliver closer than ever simulation of end products. We can make waterproof, transparent, plastic or rubber parts all printed in a single piece. Not only have we sped up our time to market for new products by on average 20%, but we have also increased our throughput of product launches by a third . Our design team are able to stretch their creativity, test, refine and prove out new design concepts, and enhance our overall product development capabilities.  All these benefits are the foundation of our Whale 3D Printing Service to clients.’

Whale 3D Technical Services

Whale’s 3D print service is service is delivered by highly skilled engineers who can design, prototype, test, manufacture products for the global marketplace. Our suite of state of the art equipment is housed in a new state of the art Technology and Polymer Centre opened in 2012. Overall, the company continues to see significant growth and the highest sales in the company’s history.  Whale Marketing Manager, Claire McCrea sums up the company’s delight in receiving this award:-   

‘We are so proud to have our marketing activities recognized by CIM Ireland for the third year in a row. The Whale brand has built a reputation for quality, innovation and excellent customer service, and our advanced Whale 3D printing service shares these principles. By investing in the very latest multi-material high accuracy 3D printing equipment, we are able to offer customers advanced prototypes produced at speed.

At Whale, we draw on our experience of successfully designing and launching innovative product to global markets. Our highly skilled team offer a complete technical service from design consultation, to manufacturing guidance, prototype production, polymer moulding right through to marketing/ brand advice.

Currently, we provide world leading 3D printed prototypes to customers spread across 60 markets from aerospace to automotive to the beauty industry. In the last month, we have invested in additional new machinery, and are now able to offer an even wider range of larger more advanced prototypes. By continually investing in the very latest equipment, we are well placed to grow this sector. We are very honoured to receive this CIM Ireland award has recognised the achievements everyone in the Whale team has to date.’