Case Study

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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5
Jul

Jeweller switches to EnvisionTEC’s cDLM for increased speed and accuracy

Isaac’s Fine Jewellery is owned and operated by Isaac Cohen. Isaac who is based in Boca Raton, Florida has been in the jewellery industry for over 30 years providing the highest quality designs and bespoke items for his discerning customers. Why use 3D printing for jewellery manufacturing? Prior to 3D printing, Isaac was using traditional hand-carved waxes or service bureaus

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27
Jun

3D Printing For Dummies: Replicating Grandma’s Fragile Bones For Vehicle Crash Tests

The first 3D printed ribs, using a plastic/rubber compound, matched many of the properties Humanetics were looking for, but they didn’t survive the rigors of crash testing. “We 3D printed some ribs out of the plastic,” said design engineer Kris Sullenberger. “But after 20 hits, the ribs started to crack.” Humanetics then turned to Adaptive Corporation, a digital-to-physical product lifecycle

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26
Jun

3D Printing Application Spotlight – Cable Harnesses

RtS Films uses Markforged to 3D print cable mountings for handheld 3D cameras. Rent the Sky Films prints custom cable adapters for a 6.8kg, handheld 3D camera that replaces conventional 45kg rigs. These adapters consolidate cabling to a single interface point, making the camera simpler and easier to operate. The part must provide a single-point adapter for eight critical ports

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19
Jun

Building the next generation of rocket engines – made possible by EOS

EOS additive manufacturing technology and talent enables pioneering organizations, like LAUNCHER, to develop and succeed in the new space race. What is the most difficult part about launching a satellite into orbit? Building the engine. LAUNCHER is a small team on a 10 year journey to send a satellite into orbit. They are building a launch vehicle to send 300kg

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15
Jun

Polymer 3D Prints Used to Protect Costly Metal Parts

Innovative 3D Manufacturing, based in Franklin, Indiana, provides metal additive manufacturing for a wide range of industries worldwide including the automotive, aerospace, and medical sectors. Taylor Johnson, an engineer at Innovative 3D, is using his 3DP printer in a variety of ways. The company utilizes a large format 3DP WorkSeries printer to create cost effective fixtures that protect their high

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11
Jun

APS Technology – Oilfield drilling equipment manufacturer uses industrial 3D-printing technology from EOS

Additive manufacturing – for a new drilling experience Imagine trying to drill a hole through your living room wall, down the hallway and into the bedroom, all while standing in front of your house. Sounds impossible? Not when you use the right drilling technique – on the one hand flexible, but on the other hand perfectly built for a challenging

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25
May

Berlin Packaging | STUDIO 111 – Real Word Use of 3D Printing in the Packaging Design Workflow

Berlin Packaging is the world’s only hybrid packaging supplier. Their mission is to improve their customer support in the design of packaging solutions. Studio 111 is the global packaging leader’s design center in downtown Chicago. “We use 3D printing to develop amazing visual models,” explained Martin Rathgeber, Director of Engineering, Berlin Packaging. The company uses EnvisionTEC 3d printers: an Xtreme

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15
Mar

Audi and EOS: Development partnership for metal-based additive manufacturing

AUDI AG based in Ingolstadt, Germany, one of the leading manufacturers of premium automobiles, has started a development partnership with EOS, the global technology and quality leader for high-end Additive Manufacturing (AM) solutions. The EOS consulting division “Additive Minds” is supporting Audi in the holistic implementation of this industrial 3D printing technology and the development of a corresponding 3D printing

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27
Feb

3D Printing a gas turbine blade for hot and turning environments

Siemens, EOS and Materials Solutions challenge existing technologies to advance and truly industrialize 3D printing. The business case shows the realization of one of the most challenging applications: A gas turbine blade for hot and turning environments. See how Siemens & Material Solutions Empowers Production Innovations with EOS Metal 3D Printing. If you can print a turbine blade, you can

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26
Jan

AUDI Empowers Production Innovations with EOSPRINT from EOS Electro Optical Systems

For 3D printing EOSPRINT is the end-to-end software solution that takes your CAD data and prepares it for your 3D printing process on EOS systems. Supporting the daily work of engineers. EOSPRINT Open, intuitive, productive. See how AUDI Empowers Production Innovations with EOSPRINT. EOSPRINT 2 New generation of job and process management software. Be more productive with the new plane

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19
Jan

Markforged – End of Arm Vacuum Tooling Use Case (EOAT)

Markforged highlights a new use case this month with End-of-arm Vacuum Tooling (EOAT), which is commonly found in packaging and cardboard box assembling equipment. This end-of-arm vacuum manipulator, printed by Markforged, supports a higher robotic arm speed through an increase in strength and decrease in density, exceeding capabilities of traditional materials like aluminium. End-of-arm vacuum tooling (EOAT) is common in

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13
Jan

Markforged 3D printing technology enables a paraplegic to speed down snowy slopes again …

Snowy slopes and icy glades are home for Christian Bagg. He speeds down treacherous backcountry trails at any opportunity. He does it all in a custom wheelchair he designed – built to continue pursuing his passion for the natural environment. After a snowboarding accident left him a paraplegic, Bagg had to invent his own machines and mechanisms because standard wheelchairs

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20
Dec

Markforged: Metal 3D Production Printing at Scale for Factory Production Lines

Markforged’s Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing (ADAM) process for printing metal unlocks a new era of metal parts production. Hear how parallelization will enable production scale metal 3D printing.

Learn about the design to in-production timeline reductions that are achievable using this metal 3D printing technology.

19
Oct

Sonova – 3D Printing Hearing Aids using EnvisionTEC 3D Printing Technology

Sonova is leading the way in mass customized production with 3D printing, using EnvisionTEC technology to produce nearly all of its products. Sonova’s early adoption of 3D printing caused the entire industry to flip to digital production within a few years, and the custom hearing instrument industry is the best example of mass customized production at work. When Sonova were

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3
Oct

How a Foundry Saved $50K using Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D Printing

Adding Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D Printing technology to your standard product development process could save you up to $50K (USD) a year. How is this possible? Tim Carraher, lead engineer at U.S. Architectural in California, USA, explains how his team approached new designs prior to bringing a 3D printer in house: “With our old process of product development, we

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5
Sep

How we hacked my body back to life TEDx Talk

In March 2016, Jason was pushing himself in racing beyond limitations. That was when he had a freak accident while track cycle training at high speed. He had a seizure at close to 70kms an hour and hit the deck head-on. It happened in a split second, where his world, his passion, his life, would literally come to an end.

Watch his inspiring TEDx Talk about his road to recovery using modern technology, including 3D printing…

4
Aug

How 3D printing is changing the supply chain – Daimler EvoBus and EOS

Daimler EvoBus is revolutionising their entire value chain management by introducing 3D printing for spare parts. With 3D printed parts for buses Daimler EvoBus no longer needs to store the part in question and avoids unnecessary excess production.

25
Jul

Markforged Customer Success Story: Autometrix

Autometrix, a manufacturer of Precision Cutting Solutions for the industrial textile world, has been using the Mark One printer from Markforged. They needed an inexpensive method to produce prototypes that could match the strength of a machined component. The Mark One reduced prototyping time from weeks to days, and reduced the weight of a prototype cutting head by half a pound.

17
Jul

EOS-Tooling: FWB – Major Savings in Production Time and Cost Using Additive Manufacturing

To ensure that Germany remains an attractive location for the production of injection-moulded tools and plastic components, toolmakers and component producers rely on innovative technologies and procedures that save time and minimise expense. German plastics processors need to make as much use of innovative and economic processes as they can, to be able to meet the cost pressures brought about by lower prices from Eastern European and Far Eastern producers effectively.

FWB Kunststofftechnik GmbH has been working closely with LBC Laser Bearbeitungs Center GmbH, a producer of metal parts using Additive manufacturing. This cooperation has resulted in the present method for realising tool inserts for injection-moulding components.

11
Jul

MARKFORGED-A Revolutionary New Way to Manufacture Metal Parts

Markforged’s Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing (ADAM) process for printing metal unlocks a new era of metal parts production. 3D metal print-farms will shorten development time, closing the gap between prototyping and production. In the next two years Markforged will achieve the technological leap to true digital metal manufacturing. It’™s time for mechanical engineering to enter the digital age.

10
Jul

ZORTRAX-Polish Artificial Heart

This case of the artificial heart shows the potential of 3D printing in creating the necessary medical equipment that helps to advance the study on life-saving devices. It is amazing how incorporating 3D printers can push forward the work on an artificial heart by allowing not only to create the model but the complete computerised test stand.

An artificial heart could be used as a bridge during the period between of waiting for an available heart and the transplant surgery. Although there are 3D printers that can print with cells that are biocompatible with the human tissue, creating a model of a working artificial heart is still in the the distant future.

7
Jul

3D Printed Boluses Help to Improve Radiotherapy Standards

The commonly applied method for curing cancer that appears on or just below skin often involves regular radiation. Unfortunately, during this procedure, the tissue that surrounds the affected area is exposed to X-rays. To avoid this, special boluses, usually made of wax, are applied to patients but producing them is time- and labour-intensive and there is no guarantee that the end result will be precise enough to provide efficient protection from X-rays.

Application of the 3D printing technology in the area of healthcare is not a fancy daydream. Instead we can forecast that this technology will be playing a bigger role in the future development of medicine.

25
May

German Rail (DB) is exploring opportunities to use 3D printing.

PIONEERED in the aviation industry as a means of reducing the weight of components, additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is now a growing area of interest and development for rail.

24
May

A motor bracket was specifically designed in Inspire

IN THE SUMMER OF 2015 Elon Musk of SpaceX introduced the Hyperloop Design Competition to further expedite the progress on the Hyperloop project. Graeme Klim, a Masters Student at Ryerson University heard about the competition and was immediately interested based on his prior experience working with aircraft landing systems. Graeme noted, “The competition called for submissions of a full pod,

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24
May

3D Systems uses Inspire to optimize a skateboard’s deck.

3D SYSTEMS based out of Rock Hill, South Carolina is a pioneer in 3D printing technology. Some of its major accomplishments include inventing 3D printing with Stereolithography (SLA) and commercializing it in 1989, as well as inventing and commercializing Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) in 1992. Today, 3D Systems’ vast range of 3D printers are used for production-grade manufacturing in aerospace,

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19
May

The Zortrax M200 has 3D printed an artificial heart!

3D printing the components of an artificial heart, allowed a team of researchers to speed up the development of their study, and keep costs super-low. The approximate cost to manufacture the heart was just $21 USD.

11
May

RUAG – Additive Manufacturing of Satellite Components

Every single gram saved reduces total launch costs!

11
May

D-Entity Designs Smiles with EnvisionTEC printers!

The surface quality of the EnvisionTEC printers was superior to those offered by competitors. Because the surface finish of the model is so excellent, he noted, “We can produce a very clear aligner without any distortion in the model during vacuum forming under heat.”

4
May

Manufacturing has been reinvented by Markforged!

Thousands of customers later, their mission hasn’t changed: giving every Designer and Engineer the ability to create same-day strong, reliable parts.

25
Apr

SolidThinking Case Study – ESAComp for Aerospace.

ESAComp has a vast set of analysis capabilities, which have been successfully applied to structural components made of composites within the aerospace industry for many years.

24
Apr

Ted Karl Designs – Customer Case Study

In addition to strong performance, the technical support from EnvisionTEC has been provided excellent backing to the Ted Karl Designs business.

18
Apr

Achieve Better Control in the Digital Dental Workflow

The Perfactory® Vida is a low cost, open architecture, easy to maintain and user friendly 3D printer for the digital dental laboratory. The Vida boasts a high resolution projector running at 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution with custom UV optics.

18
Apr

The Mark Two Secures a Firm Grip in Robotic Automation.

As soon as Dixon Valve unboxed their industrial strength Markforged 3D printer, they put it to work.

The Mark Two not only allowed to produce their robotic jaws quickly, but the material capabilities of the printer, including its ability to lay continuous strands of high-strength fibers into 3D printed parts, ensured reliability in a factory setting.

18
Apr

Fast, precise investment castings for crowns, copings, and more!

Design and print a guide with sleeves and other features that enable the dentist to drill to precise depths and angles without worrying about hitting a nerve.

13
Apr

Solidthinking Case Study: Steve McGugan Industrial Design

Steve’s initial CAD-based platform of choice was a solid modeler which he used for many years, however, about 10 years ago, he determined it was no longer flexible enough to meet his demands.

While searching for a more flexible 3D-modeling software that would run on his Mac computer, a colleague of his suggested solidThinking Evolve.

12
Apr

EOS, the quality leader for high-end Additive Manufacturing

The first prototype (Roboy Junior) has muscles and tendons rather than motors in the joints. It has been developed under substantial usage of AM: The complete skeletal body structure of Roboy, which encases his bones and muscles, has been built with EOS systems for Plastic Additive Manufacturing.

31
Mar

Woodland/Alloy Casting employed Click2Cast on their casting projects.

With the convenience of being able to perform molding, core making, melting, heat treatment, cleaning and surface preparation all under one roof, Woodland/Alloy Casting is able to continuously satisfy those time and quality standards for its customers.

29
Mar

SolidThinking Case Study: Mountain Bicycles and Additive Manufacturing

RBC’s goal is to use additive manufacturing (AM) technologies to create very high-end mountain bikes that are tailored to an individual’s weight, height, and riding style.

Although the team at RBC had considerable experience in additive manufacturing and developing products, it required multiple partnerships.

28
Mar

Lighter and stiffer architectural components with Inspire.

solidThinking Inspire does not only help to save time and to reduce weight and material: additional benefits, like fast learning curve, become obvious when compared to other solutions available on the market.

28
Mar

SOLIDWORKS Success Story: Markforged 3D Printers.

Markforged’s mission is to provide its customers with high strength parts, built right the first time.

In 2014, Markforged revolutionized 3D printing with the introduction of the world’s first carbon-fiber composite 3D printer.

17
Mar

Markforged 3D printers are put to work in a Unilever factory

This factory, owned by Unilever, is responsible for producing hundreds to thousands of bags of Lipton Tea every day. This includes anything from extending machine life to speeding up machine processes, all to save money and improve the machines at the same time.

At factories like this, quick turnaround time is essential to keeping machines running.

10
Mar

3D Printed a Steering Knuckle Strong Enough to Win at the Detroit Maker Fair.

Designing a light, inexpensive go-kart steering knuckle was made easy with the Mark One. A real life MarioKart racers speed off from the starting line at the Power Racing Series at the Detroit Maker Fair 2015. Each of these go-karts were built by DIY makers whose creativity, innovation, and goofiness gave their karts a chance to shine. Among them is

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10
Mar

Triton redesigned their latest bike model with 3D printing.

Triton was interested in redesigning the rear yoke for their latest bike model. This yoke is a part of the bicycle’s titanium frame that connects the rear chainstays and the bottom bracket.

Triton let CML AT know that the part should be capable of withstanding a load equal to 130 kg.

24
Feb

Case Study: APEL Extrusions limited used Click2Extrude to improve their workflow.

“Based on the simulations that we ran in Click2Extrude, we were able to determine the end result without having to spend thousands of dollars on billets and press time for the actual trials.” Tony DaSilva, Vice President, Operations of APEL Extrusions

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