Case Study

5
Mar

3D Printing a 1.1 m long Radio Controlled Truck Body

AFGRI is a leading agricultural services company that focuses on grain commodities and agricultural services and equipment, while incorporating a long-term vision of food security across Africa. As part of their sponsorship program, AFGRI gives support to the Vodacom Bulls, which are a professional rugby union team based in Pretoria, South Africa.

As part of a promotion, AFGRI wanted to create a miniature RC truck body to be used to carry on the kicking tee at Currie Cup Rugby games. They approached Rapid 3D to find a solution utilizing a large format 3D printer from 3D Platform. Now completed, the RC truck is branded with the AFGRI logo, and often featured during televised rugby games.

18
Jan

Get an inside look into the complex world of manufacturing medical implants

Medical implants are one of the most highly regulated and technically complex engineering sectors. Get an inside look into the complex world of manufacturing medical implants. In 2018, Executive Engineering installed an EOS M290 Metal 3D Printer in their Cape Town facilities, and together with their customer, LRS Implants took the lead in local additive manufacturing of orthopaedic implants. In

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23
Nov

Using Large 3D Printed Jigs and Fixtures in Manufacturing

Applications like 3D printed organs are big news, but 3D printed jigs and fixtures are the true silent heroes — changing how modern manufacturing works. Tools are always needed in manufacturing. Various jigs, fixtures, templates, and gauges can significantly improve the efficiencies in the process, lowering the production time and saving on labour costs. Many companies couldn’t afford to custom-make

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10
Sep

3D Printing Gaining Traction in Agriculture

You may not know it, but agriculture is one of the industries starting to make the most of the cutting-edge technology that is 3D printing. The benefits of 3D printing for agriculture include: Agriculture and technology are increasingly working together. Food production, farm equipment, farming products, 3D printing is a great asset and simplifies a lot of processes. 3D printing

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6
Sep

Deutsche Bahn chooses additive manufacturing to maintain its trains

Custom train parts for the electronic onboard information systems of the ICE trains operated by Deutsche Bahn. The fleet of third-generation ICE trains operated by Deutsche Bahn features just under 160 units from various production series. Every single one of them still looks and feels modern, thanks to their stylish design and regularly refurbished interiors. Despite this, the transportation industry

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27
Aug

Rebuilding Faces with 3D Printing

Most of the time, a car accident victim with trauma to the face will undergo hours of surgery in the operating room, as doctors work to rebuild the damaged area based on their best analysis of how the face might have looked before (usually using a CT scan).

But 3D printing is transforming all of that, leading to shorter surgeries, better reconstructions and improved results for patients.

A trauma patient will still have their injury scanned after a comprehensive exam. But now, Brooks and his team will plan the reconstruction digitally and 3D print a life-sized biomodel on an EnvisionTEC Vector 3SP. The machine creates a replica of the patient’s bony structure with accuracy to 100 microns.

The surgeons can then build reconstructive devices right on the 3D printed biomodel at their desk, crafting it exactly as they want before they ever set foot in the operating room. Once they do enter surgery, they have all the fabricated parts they need to do the reconstruction quickly.

10
Aug

3D Printing for Education: Human Bone Models at Victoria University

The exam pass rate of Osteopathy students at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia stood at 89%. The team wanted to increase this pass rate. “In anatomy, students get their hands-on experience with cadavers in labs. Time in the laboratory is limited and academics wanted to maximise student learning by extending hands-on learning experiences beyond the laboratory classes”, says Dr Sonia

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1
Aug

DS 3 Dark Side limited edition – advanced innovation through additive manufacturing

In the automotive sector, limited editions of successful models are a smart marketing move. But car makers are always looking for specific ways to distinguish themselves from their competitors within their market segments. DS Automobiles, a brand by the PSA Group, managed to establish itself on the premium segment within a few years thanks to a series of iconic models.

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10
Jul

Digital Dentures with Dr. Cooper

In the past, Dr. Valerie Cooper of Miami Valley Prosthodontics relied on volunteer help to make digital dentures for her patients. Now with EnvisionTEC’s advanced 3D printing technology, Dr. Cooper and her staff can produce more dentures, with better detail – saving them time and cutting costs. Dr. Cooper is truly passionate about making dentures. Her digital techniques mean fewer

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9
Jul

Researchers 3D Print Tissue That Mimics Human Bile Duct

Using an EnvisionTEC 3D-Bioplotter, one of the most-utilized bioprinters on the market, researchers at Northwestern University have 3D printed tissue that mimics human bile duct. A bile duct plays a crucial role in the body, carrying bile from the liver to the intestine to facilitate digestion. Cancer of the bile duct has an alarmingly low survival rate, and treatment requires

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