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Cooper Farms’ Entry Into Additive Manufacturing


In its 80-plus years in business, Cooper Farms has operated as a fully integrated, multi-location turkey company, complete with hatchery and processing plant. The plant harvests some 26,000 turkeys daily, while another location processes turkey breast meat into deli products.

An impressive operation. But you might be wondering how additive manufacturing and 3D printing factor into the day-to-day at a turkey processing company.

When Dale Siebeneck, director of production development and regional sales, started at the company some 20 years ago, a Tom Turkey would grow to 30-35 lbs. max, he says. Through feed efficiencies and breeding, “that turkey in that same amount of time is now 45-50 lbs.,” Siebeneck says.

As the turkeys grew, the pan Cooper Farms used to marinade its turkey breast wasn’t big enough. The company needed a way to design a bigger pan that maintained the form and function of the original pan.

With no backup tooling, CAD data or engineering drawings for the pan, it was difficult for Cooper Farms to engineer a new pan. Through reverse-engineering, JuggerBot 3D was able to design a solution that suited the needs of Cooper Farms, says JuggerBot Co-founder and President, Zac DiVencenzo.

“The customer had the idea to print the part,” DiVencenzo says. “We gave them a new solution of printing the tooling so they can actually produce a part several times.”

Watch the video above to learn how JuggerBot 3D was able to get the job done.

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Copyright 2021 The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.

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