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.