Chiltern Invadex UK initially turned to 3D printing when looking to introduce new Hoist track profile. We found the STL printing method suited our needs to in both quality and accuracy. The subsequent parts giving a physically accurate product that greatly assisted in evaluation and ultimate selection of the final design.

As with most projects  there is often an element that will cause an unexpected delay, often leaving no simple cost effective solution or a product that does not match the original design. In this instance we were able to utilise 3D printing and produce an exact product, as designed, in a short time frame. Once again the final products were more than fit for purpose and enabled us to release the new product on time.


Established in 1974, the Chiltern brand has been manufacturing equipment in Oxfordshire for over 40 years. In private ownership following acquisition in 2009, family ethos and values are encompassed throughout our business and embodied by our long serving staff in their personable approach and excellent customer service.

Since the 1970’s the company has seen many positive changes in attitudes towards accessibility and inclusive design. Our equipment has been specifically designed with this in mind and aims to improve standard of life by promoting accessibility and assisting users to live their lives in the comfort of their own home. This is not only of great benefit to the well being of the users but also removes strain on NHS resources.

Project Details

CAD Design: Provided by Chiltern Invadex UK
Material: SLS Nylon
Polishing: Yes
Dyeing: No
Finishing: N/A
Dimensions(mm): Small Cap: 58.5 x 77.1 x 14

Large Cap: 58.5 x 108.5 x 14

Project cost: Small Cap: £6.89 per unit

Large Cap: £9.63 per unit

Batch Size: 75 units of each when required
Injection mould tooling cost: High for quantity required

Additional benefits of 3D Printing these parts:

No Tooling Cost
Not restricted to high quantities
Designs can be amended for each run if need be
Fully customised design solution

Want to test our material before you order?

Before you place your order, if you want to be 100% sure that our material is suitable for your project, why not order one of our sample packs?

It contains examples of our four finishing choices, three unique parts designed to demonstrate the potential of printing in SLS nylon and a 20 page brochure containing information on our material, our services and tips on how to save money with your prints.