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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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,
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.
Every single gram saved reduces total launch costs!
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.”
Thousands of customers later, their mission hasn’t changed: giving every Designer and Engineer the ability to create same-day strong, reliable parts.
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.
In addition to strong performance, the technical support from EnvisionTEC has been provided excellent backing to the Ted Karl Designs business.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.