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Revolutionizing the Injection Molding Process Using 3D Printing

3D printing has turned the production of injection molded prototypes into a quick, easy and inexpensive process. See how PolyJet 3D Printing technology from Stratasys helps a team at Budapest University create an injection mold for functional testing at reduced time and cost.   Commissioned to produce a fan that provides enhanced engine cooling and reduced noise, Dr. Jozsef Gabor Kovács, Department of Polymer Engineering, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and his team needed to find an efficient, inexpensive method of producing injection molded prototypes to test the fan in the end-product material. The design and development process involved…

Seuffer – Streamlining Injection Molding with 3D Printed Tools

Seuffer, which began in Germany in 1766 as a spoon-making smithery, is today a leading manufacturer of parts for the automotive and household appliances industries.   Always on the look out for new technologies that will improve efficiency and profitability, Seuffer adopted 3D printing to produce injection molding tools.   In this short video you will see how 3D printed tools are helping Seuffer revolutionize product design and manufacturing. Don’t miss the last segment where you see a 3D printed tool side by side with a conventional CNC milled tool.  

Cost-effective Blow Mold Prototypes with 3D Printing

Blow molding is a manufacturing process used to produce hollow plastic parts, such as bottles and other containers. Blow mold design and the specification of process parameters require skill and precision. A small change in the pinch–off or vent design, die temperature or blow pressure can dramatically affect the molding results.   Prototyping enables designers to validate these parameters and accelerate design approval. But up till now, high costs and long lead times have deterred blow mold prototyping.   Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, makes prototyping a viable option. In this brief video you will learn how to produce cost-effective…

Fast, Economical Silicone Molds with 3D Printed Patterns

Silicone molding, also known as room temperature vulcanization (RTV) molding, is an affordable solution for prototyping, functional testing, product demonstrations and short–run production. The molds are made by pouring liquid silicone rubber over a pattern; the resulting firm but flexible mold can reproduce extremely complex geometries and intricate details with tight tolerances.   The traditional mold making approach is to machine the patterns, but this can prove costly, require lead times of one to two weeks, and restricts the geometric complexity of the molded parts. Design changes to machined parts require substantial lead times.   Stratasys additive manufacturing is a…

Whale Cuts Lead Time by 97% with 3D Printed Injection Molds

Tracing its Irish origins back to 1810, Whales knows a thing or two about technological innovation. The Belfast-based company originally adopted Stratasys 3D printing to accelerate its time to market by 3D printing its own prototypes instead of outsourcing them. The company now owns two PolyJet based Objet Connex 3D printers.   Managing a rigorous injection molding operation, the company’s management turned its attention to the possibility of 3D printing injection molds. In the beginning, they were skeptical – but to their delight the 3D printed injections molds delivered and proved a major breakthrough for producing prototype parts in final…

Stratasys 3D Printed Silicone Mold Pattern Keeps the Music Playing

One of the difficult things about performing with a harmonica is holding the microphone while also using both hands to play. The world famous The Adler Trio has solved this problem with Stratasys 3D printing. For more information on Stratasys 3D Printing: http://ow.ly/vJkbI   Leveraging rapid design iteration, Stratasys PolyJet based 3D printing was used to create working prototypes of a microphone enclosure that would attach directly to the harmonica. Dror Adler began successfully using the 3D printed part in his performances and soon, other harmonica players were asking where they could buy their own. This led to small run…

How 3D Printed Surgical Guides Improve Brain Surgery

How can 3D printing make a difference in the efficacy and impact of brain surgery?   The answer can be found at the University of Malaya’s Center for Biomedical and Technology Integration (CBMTI). They’re creating lifelike multi-material biomodels using Stratasys 3D Printing technology, simulating endoscopic neurosurgical procedures, which can change surgical planning and training landscape. Using Stratasys Objet Connex500 and Objet Eden 350 3D Printers (http://ow.ly/tYX5G), CBMTI produces models that feature different textures and densities over the surface and throughout the interior, simulating human body parts accurately, efficiently and cost-effectively creating realistic models.  

Reducing Surgical Time and Cost with Stratasys 3D Printing – Part 1

3D printing is revolutionizing a wide range of medical procedures and apparatuses. This two-part video illustrates a great example from the UK. Medical 3D printing specialist Replica 3DM is using its Stratasys 3D Printers to support twelve National Health Service (NHS) hospitals in the validation of patient surgery prior to operation.   This video features fascinating real life examples from NHS including interviews with surgeons, lab managers and 3D printing specialists. You’ll learn how using 3D printing surgical models to test implants for size and fit pre-surgery is having a significant impact on the length of surgical procedures – leading…

Reducing Surgical Time and Costs with Stratasys 3D Printing – Part 2

3D printing is revolutionizing a wide range of medical procedures and apparatuses. This two-part video illustrates a great example from the UK. Medical 3D printing specialist, Replica 3DM, is using its Stratasys 3D Printers to support twelve National Health Service (NHS) hospitals in the validation of patient surgery prior to operation.   This video features fascinating real life examples from NHS including interviews with surgeons, lab managers and 3D printing specialists. You’ll learn how using 3D printing surgical models to test implants for size and fit pre-surgery is having a significant impact on the length of surgical procedures – leading…

Stratasys 3D Printed Dental Models Transforming Orthodontics at NimroDENTAL Orthodontic Solutions

NimroDENTAL Orthodontic Solutions is a well established modern orthodontic lab in the heart of London, using Stratasys 3D printed solutions to produce faster and more accurate dental models.   In this short video you will see how Stratasys Dental 3D Printers are transforming the way orthodontics is practised, helping to increase efficiency, produce faster and more accurate dental models and improve communications with dental labs and their customers.  

3D Printed Anatomical Models Create Ultra-Realism at University of Minnesota

AMUG presenter, Jack Stubbs from the University of Minnesota shared his experience using simulated polypropylene and rubber-like materials to attain ultra-realism in anatomical models used to for medical and surgical training purposes. Medical personnel and emergency response teams are training with custom designed dummy models with 3D printed components, including skeletal spines and esophagus models, which create a higher level of realism than that achieved by cadaver models.  

Little Girl Gets 3D Printed Arm from Dolphin with Prosthetic Tail

Annika Emmert shares a special connection with Winter the Dolphin – the star of the “Dolphin Tale” movies. Annika was born with amniotic banding, resulting in a shorter right arm and a hand that did not form properly. When Dolphin Tale came out, Annika felt an immediate connection with Winter who swims with a prosthetic tail.   Shortly after, Annika got the opportunity to meet the team from Orlando-based Limbitless and get a 3D printed bionic arm. Limitless uses Stratasys 3D Printers to produce their customized limbs, taking advantage of the durable 3D printing materials and the ability to produce…

Veteran’s Essential Tremor Addressed with 3D Printed Glove By Stratasys

Experience the magic of a make-a-thon event in this brief video filmed at the Prosthetics and Assistive Technology Challenge. The two-day event, which is held by the VA (US Department of Veterans Affairs) in collaboration with Stratasys brings together veterans, designers, 3D printers and 3D printing experts to create innovative products that can help the veterans meet specific physical challenges.   In this example, watch how a unique stabilizing glove device is being designed and 3D printed on an FDM-based Stratasys 3D Printer for veteran, Kim Matthews who suffers from Essential Tremor.  

Stratasys 3D Printing of Prosthetics Devices Spurs Innovation for VA Challenge

Stratasys was pleased to join the VA and 125 contestants for the VA Innovation Creation Series: Prosthetic and Assistive Technologies Challenge at the VA Medical Center. The two-day event, which was held by the VA (US Department of Veterans Affairs) in collaboration with Stratasys, brought together veterans, designers, 3D printers and industry experts to develop innovative solutions and designs to improve the care and quality of life for veterans, as well as patients on a broader scale.  

Annika Gets 3D Printed Arm from Dolphin with Prosthetic Tail

Annika Emmert shares a special connection with Winter the Dolphin – the star of the “Dolphin Tale” movies. Annika was born with amniotic banding, resulting in a shorter right arm and a hand that did not form properly. When Dolphin Tale came out, Annika felt an immediate connection with Winter who swims with a prosthetic tail.   Shortly after, Annika got the opportunity to meet the team from Orlando-based Limbitless and get a 3D printed bionic arm. Limitless uses Stratasys 3D Printers to produce their customized limbs, taking advantage of the durable 3D printing materials and the ability to produce…

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