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February 22, 2018 9:50 am

D2M technology partner Stratasys introduces BioMimics – Highly realistic, 3D printed models of human anatomy

 

Stratasys Introduces BioMimics – Highly Realistic, 3D Printed Models of Human Anatomy for Physician Training and Medical Device Testing

 

  • 3D printed anatomical structures with disease pathology deliver highly realistic look and feel to accelerate medical guidance, testing, and education
  • Engineered in conjunction with top researchers and manufacturers, service initially includes fully-functional bone and heart models – with vascular structures expected in early 2018
  • Eliminating restrictions associated with research on animal, mannequin, or cadaver models – BioMimics effectively mirrors intricacies of both soft tissue and hard bones via multi-material 3D printing

 

 

A highly advanced capability to 3D print medical models that are engineered to meet demands of the industry’s leading hospitals, researchers and medical device manufacturers. Offered initially in North America as a service through Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, BioMimics provides incredibly realistic, functionally-accurate 3D printed replicas of complex anatomical structures – empowering more effective medical training, education and advanced device testing.

 

Eliminating restrictions associated with training, research and testing on animal, mannequin, or cadaver models – BioMimics effectively mirrors the intricacies of both soft tissue and hard bones via multi-material 3D printing. Combining Stratasys’ proven PolyJet 3D printing technology alongside new materials and software, organizations can create specific 3D printed models that match what professionals encounter during live medical scenarios. Additionally, OEMs can gain real-time feedback on device performance in realistic environments – prior to actual deployment.

 

“Testing innovative medical devices, teaching principles of surgery, providing continuing medical education, and demonstrating new products to clinicians all require ‘bench-top’ models that simulate human bodies and diseases. Much like simulation and co-piloting builds expertise for pilots, medical practitioners hone skills throughout their careers to provide exceptional care,” said Scott Rader, GM of Healthcare Solutions at Stratasys. “The challenges of today’s solutions include animal models that only approximate human anatomy, and cadavers that don’t retain the live-tissue feel and often lack targeted pathology.”

 

Rader continued, “BioMimics is a revolution in medical modeling, capitalizing on advanced 3D printing techniques for clinically accurate representations of complex human anatomies – from microscopic patterns of tissue to replicating soft to hard texture of body structures. Armed with unmatched realism of BioMimics, researchers, educators and manufacturers can finally utilize the tools to prove out new ideas long before clinical trials, and demonstrate innovations to the skilled physicians who rely on them.”

 

Available today in North America through Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, BioMimics is initially designed to model the complexities of heart and bone structures – with vascular anatomies expected in early 2018. Engineered alongside the industry’s top researchers and manufacturers, the service empowers customers to either capitalize on a variety of existing BioMimics models, or design enhanced anatomical structures that match distinct clinical requirements.

 

“The Jacobs Institute has been using Stratasys 3D printing solutions to replicate vascular anatomy for many years. The BioMimics capabilities Stratasys has now developed enable a level of biomechanical realism and clinical sophistication not previously available in any vascular model.” said Dr. Adnan Siddiqui, Chief Medical Officer at Jacobs Institute, Vice-Chairman and Professor of Neurosurgery at University of Buffalo Neurosurgery. “BioMimics will enhance medical innovation in vascular disease by enabling improved pre-clinical validation of new devices and clinically realistic training simulators.”

 

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January 8, 2018 7:20 pm

D2M Solutions becomes Middle East reseller for Desktop Metal

D2M Solutions, headquartered in Dubai, has been a pioneer in providing additive manufacturing technologies that are disrupting conventional product development processes and transforming industrial companies in major sectors such as Aerospace, Industrial Machinery, Defense, Oil & Gas, Consumer Goods and more, has announced that it has become the Middle East’s reseller of Desktop Metal’s range of metal 3D printing systems.
Alexander Papantoniou, Managing Director at D2M Solutions, said: “We are extremely excited to have signed Desktop Metal as a supplier. It’s truly impressive what it can do. D2M Solutions has held off offering additive metal manufacturing until we felt there was a viable solution on the market in terms of practicability and cost, however, with this innovative Desktop product, we now feel confident to offer 3D metal printing. It presents a lot of new engineering and functional benefits, design opportunities and more. It is a huge technology change, which for the first time allows the usage of metal additive manufacturing in an office environment, including the heat sintering furnace. Desktop Metal’s machines are fast, great value, and offer a wide variety of materials.”
“The first printers are from its Studio System range, which allows in-office printing of metal parts in a fast, effective manner. Within the metal printing space, it offers exciting, new opportunities for our market. It will be the first time our customers will be able to cost effectively produce metal 3D printing parts for rapid prototyping, tooling, test parts or even in some cases final parts, next to their desk.”
D2M Solutions will be selling and supporting the Studio System when it becomes available in mid 2018 throughout the middle east, and the Production System when it becomes available at a later date. Alexander continues: “As our customers continue to innovate at an increased pace, it’s exciting to see the growing potential of this technology as we continue to strive towards offering the region’s most advanced technologies.”
The Studio System has an extremely compact footprint and a build area of 300 x 200 x 200mm. It can print 16 cm3/hr and can print layers as thin as 50μm. The Studio System printer has dual, quick-release print heads, hot swappable media cartridges for easy materials changes, and a software-controlled workflow which automatically calculates debinding and sintering plans for each job.
D2M Solutions integrates a range of products and services to effectively manage the digital transformation of industrial enterprises. From capturing innovation and securing IP, to “on demand” digital manufacturing and factory automation, we have a unique approach and knowledge that delivers sustainable end to end solutions for our customers.
Customers wanting to find out more about the Desktop Metal range of products available from D2M Solutions should email sales@d2m-solutions.com or call +971 4 3793935.

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December 29, 2017 6:09 am

D2M partner Creaform launches SmartDENT 3D, a powerful aircraft surface inspection software

The new surface damage analysis software combined with the HandySCAN 3D helps aerospace companies cut downtime and slash aircraft maintenance costs

 

Creaform, a worldwide leader in portable and highly accurate 3D measurement solutions, recently announced the launch of its aircraft surface inspection software for non-destructive testing (NDT) designed especially for aerospace applications. The damage assessment software paired with the HandySCAN 3D scanner represents a safe, cost-effective and time-saving solution for airlines and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service companies.
 

“Following our operator-friendly design thinking and with deep consideration of user requests, we have developed a software that streamlines data processing from a 3D scanner for easy and reliable assessment and characterization of surface defects on aircraft,” says Steeves Roy, NDT Product Manager at Creaform. “As predictive maintenance becomes more prominent, aviation maintenance professionals and MRO providers are increasingly on the lookout for innovative methods that allow quicker and safer decisions to be made on part defects outcome.”
 

Used with the HandySCAN 3D metrology-grade scanner, Creaform’s inspection solution offers the following benefits:

  • User-independent (repeatable results regardless of the user)
  • 80 times faster than the pit gauge technique
  • Reliable, repeatable, and accurate results
  • Short learning curve and easy-to-use software;
  • Real-time, 3D visualization and on-site instant reporting available in different formats.

 

Unlike generic MRO software, SmartDENT 3D provides a guided workflow with an intuitive graphic interface to bridge the gap between data acquisition and report production. The software is designed to simplify measurement extraction of 3D scanning data to get exactly the dimensions required for in-service aircraft assessment. SmartDENT 3D eliminates the need for advanced knowledge in metrology software or otherwise complex 3D data handling. Users can feel confident about their results while saving time and money with no compromise on safety to return aircraft in service as fast as possible.

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December 21, 2017 5:24 am

D2M technology partner Creaform announces the release of the 6.1 version of VXelements 3D software platform and application suite

The latest release of powerful 3D software platform includes advanced alignment and new snapshot tools as well as improved edit boundaries, cross sections, and cut mesh by plane tools.
 

Creaform, the worldwide leader in portable 3D measurement solutions and engineering services, announced today the release of VXelements 6.1, the latest version of its 3D software platform and application suite that includes VXmodel and VXinspect. With performance improvements to its dimensional inspection and reverse engineering software modules, users will have an improved user experience and unmatched synergy between the software and the company’s portable metrology solutions.
 

Major enhancements include:
 

VXinspect – Dimensional inspection software module

  • Advanced alignment tools: In line with the previous VXelements release, Creaform further improves alignment capabilities by seamlessly integrating geometric counterpart concepts when needed. Completely intelligent, the software deploys its powerful algorithms to build the right alignment when the situation requires it, even if end users are not expert in geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T).
  • New snapshot tool: A new optimized workflow is available, highlighting a strong commitment to software synergy with all Creaform portable 3D scanners (including the HandySCAN 3D).

VXmodel – Scan-to-CAD software module

  • Edit boundaries: The new boundary edition will enable users to boost their performance. The improved functionality will enable them to get cleaner boundaries and to fit them into 2D entities for more appealing and authentic results.
  • Cross sections and cut mesh by plane: Major improvements to the cross-section and cut mesh by plane functionality provide users with the optimum creation workflow. Additional improvements are now applied in the 3D viewer, making interaction with the software and the user experience even better.

 

“VXelements gives engineering professionals the most comprehensive and user-friendly toolset for reverse engineering, rapid prototyping and dimensional inspection,” says Daniel Brown, Product Management Director at Creaform.
 

“With each new release, Creaform continues to evolve to meet our customers’ rising demands, reinforcing its position as leading metrology solutions provider of easy to use and powerful hardware and software solutions for reverse engineering and quality control applications,” he adds.

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December 14, 2017 7:25 am

D2M Partner Stratasys Introduces BioMimics – Highly Realistic, 3D Printed Models of Human Anatomy

BioMimics – Highly Realistic, 3D Printed Models of Human Anatomy for Physician Training and Medical Device Testing

BioMimics – a highly advanced capability to 3D print medical models that are engineered to meet demands of the industry’s leading hospitals, researchers and medical device manufacturers. Offered initially in North America as a service through Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, BioMimics provides incredibly realistic, functionally-accurate 3D printed replicas of complex anatomical structures – empowering more effective medical training, education and advanced device testing.
 

Eliminating restrictions associated with training, research and testing on animal, mannequin, or cadaver models – BioMimics effectively mirrors the intricacies of both soft tissue and hard bones via multi-material 3D printing. Combining Stratasys’ proven PolyJet 3D printing technology alongside new materials and software, organizations can create specific 3D printed models that match what professionals encounter during live medical scenarios. Additionally, OEMs can gain real-time feedback on device performance in realistic environments – prior to actual deployment.
 

“Testing innovative medical devices, teaching principles of surgery, providing continuing medical education, and demonstrating new products to clinicians all require ‘bench-top’ models that simulate human bodies and diseases. Much like simulation and co-piloting builds expertise for pilots, medical practitioners hone skills throughout their careers to provide exceptional care,” said Scott Rader, GM of Healthcare Solutions at Stratasys. “The challenges of today’s solutions include animal models that only approximate human anatomy, and cadavers that don’t retain the live-tissue feel and often lack targeted pathology.”
 

Rader continued, “BioMimics is a revolution in medical modeling, capitalizing on advanced 3D printing techniques for clinically accurate representations of complex human anatomies – from microscopic patterns of tissue to replicating soft to hard texture of body structures. Armed with unmatched realism of BioMimics, researchers, educators and manufacturers can finally utilize the tools to prove out new ideas long before clinical trials, and demonstrate innovations to the skilled physicians who rely on them.”
 

Available today in North America through Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, BioMimics is initially designed to model the complexities of heart and bone structures – with vascular anatomies expected in early 2018. Engineered alongside the industry’s top researchers and manufacturers, the service empowers customers to either capitalize on a variety of existing BioMimics models, or design enhanced anatomical structures that match distinct clinical requirements.
 

“The Jacobs Institute has been using Stratasys 3D printing solutions to replicate vascular anatomy for many years. The BioMimics capabilities Stratasys has now developed enable a level of biomechanical realism and clinical sophistication not previously available in any vascular model.” said Dr. Adnan Siddiqui, Chief Medical Officer at Jacobs Institute, Vice-Chairman and Professor of Neurosurgery at University of Buffalo Neurosurgery. “BioMimics will enhance medical innovation in vascular disease by enabling improved pre-clinical validation of new devices and clinically realistic training simulators.”
 

“As one of the top research and pediatrics hospitals in Canada, SickKids is committed to unprecedented innovation to positively impact the well-being of children around the world. We have developed new training programs through 3D printing that allow surgeons to practice procedures on replicas of real patient’s pathology,” said Shi-Joon Yoo, MD, PhD, Cardiac Radiologist at the Hospital for Sick Children and Professor of Medical Imaging and Pediatrics at University of Toronto. “BioMimics enhances the realism and clinical validity of the models even further – allowing the surgeons to develop the techniques and skills that will translate into live patient cases.”
 

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December 6, 2017 5:46 am

3D Printing Enhances and Expands Opportunities in Medical Applications

Medical applications for 3D printing are expanding rapidly and are gradually revolutionizing the delivery of health care. 3D printing is emerging as an efficient and cost effective manufacturing option for customized medical devices such as dental implants, hearing aids, knee implants, surgical instruments, prosthesis and many more. It is poised to disrupt the medical device market by encouraging new entrants, enabling precision planning for surgeries, optimizing device design and development, increasing productivity, reducing cost, and ultimately revolutionizing the standard of care.
 

By making products that cannot be manufactured in any other way, 3D printing has the potential to revolutionize the standard of care by addressing previously unmet needs. 3D printing has already had a transformative effect on hearing aid manufacturing. Today, 99% of hearing aids that fit into the ear are custom-made using 3D printing. Everyone’s ear canal is shaped differently, and the use of 3D printing allows custom-shaped devices to be produced efficiently and cost-effectively.
 

3D printing can also offer less costly alternatives to standard treatments, making advanced medical treatment more widely accessible. For example, patients who have multiple chronic diseases could have their medications printed in one multi–dose form that is fabricated at the point of care. Providing patients with an accurate, personalized dose of multiple medications in a single tablet could potentially improve patient compliance.
 

As a patient-customized, on-demand solution, 3D-printed medical models can lead to mutual benefits for patients, providers and payers. Patient-specific models created through 3D printing have enormous potential to assist clinicians in planning successful surgeries. They can help surgeons make the right decisions up front by determining the feasibility of a procedure, selecting the appropriate surgical approach, and practicing the procedure in a risk-free environment. From a patient perspective, this can translate into a faster recovery and better outcome. Providers benefit from cost savings through reduced operating room time and hospital bed utilization, directly impacting profit margins where reimbursement rates are fixed for a given procedure. A recent study shows that patients who experience surgical complications have 119% higher hospital costs than patients without complications, and payers’ reimbursement costs are 106% higher. The benefits of improved surgical planning are clear.

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November 27, 2017 7:42 am

3D printing to develop cardiovascular instruments more quickly and cost-effectively

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November 21, 2017 8:08 am

Achieving the next level in skiing safety with 3D scanning

Using Creaform’s HandySCAN 3D, Didier’s team was able to significantly reduce the design cycle time. The 3D scanner provided the help needed to facilitate the shape’s integration and improve overall design efficiency and accelerate time-to-market. The size and portability of the scanner allowed SCOTT engineers and industrial designers to 3D model the helmet right in their offices, which also proved to be a significant time saver.

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October 27, 2017 5:57 am

A Remarkable Balance Between Prototype Realism & Functional Performance

3D Printed Full Color Texture Prototypes & Functional Parts with
Stratasys J750

Featuring Digital ABS Plus, a tough, engineering grade material, Agilus 30, an enhanced rubber-like material with excellent surface finish and elongation at break, and VeroFlex.

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October 27, 2017 5:52 am

3D Printing Automotive Innovations – KindigIT Design Creates 3D Printed Parts for the Copper Caddy

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September 25, 2017 6:08 am

Prototype Printed with Nylon12 Carbon Fiber For The Innovative Aerospace Company

The very high strength-to-weight ratio makes this material ideal for design engineers that need to rapidly produce strong, light-weight and rigid components for functional prototyping, reducing prototyping lead-times and costs and helping get new products to market faster.
 

Omer Bar-Yohay, the CEO of Eviation, being offered the opportunity to experience parts printed using Nylon12 Carbon Fiber to see how he thinks this material could be used within his innovative aerospace company.

 

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September 21, 2017 8:50 am

Role of 3D Printing in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Cases

 

 

3D printing plays a significant role in medical which is a powerful technology that continues to improve medical practice.  Its impact on the treatment of complex abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) continues to progress towards excellence as the technology advances.
 

The Jacobs Institute reports that clinical simulation using patient-specific 3D models in JAAA cases is more effective at planning for peri-procedural challenges and complications than standard pre-surgical planning using CTA diagnostic imaging alone. In this study, a patient-specific model was printed on the Stratasys Eden 260 printer using FullCure 930 TangoPlus, a flexible photopolymer with material tensile strength mimicking AAA lumen wall tissue.  Fluoroscopic guided simulation of the patient-specific procedure was performed by interventionists using custom-made endografts and all accessory devices.
 

The study found that seven out of ten (70%) procedural steps of the original planned procedure based on CTA imaging were changed after simulation on the 3D printed model. Possible complications were identified such as: 1) the need for fenestrated graft realignment during deployment, 2) challenging positioning of a renal stent, 3) identification of the need for a longer renal stent post-deployment, and 4) the necessity to confirm distal body graft ostium access via balloon inflation prior to iliac limb graft advancement. The authors conclude, “These impactful lessons require a surplus of time in a risk-free environment, which are not feasible in a patient procedure.”
 

The Department of Surgery, São Paulo University Medical School, Brazil finds training with patient -specific 3D models prior to EVAR improved residents’ surgical performance and increased their self-confidence.  Fluoroscopy time, total procedure time, and the amount of contrast used during surgery were significantly reduced when compared with procedures performed by vascular residents trained only according to the routine practice of the institution. The study concludes that 3D models offer a cost-effective solution over virtual or other commercially available simulators.
 

With advancements in 3D printing technology, the clinical applications continue to evolve.  The Department of Engineering San Sabastian, Spain reports applying multi-material 3D printing technology to enhance the realism of the model using the Objet260 Connex 2 printer based on the PolyJet technology and digital materials FLX9940 and FLX9960 (Stratasys Ltd., Minneapolis, MN, USA) The model produced demonstrated the same mechanical properties as human AAA tissue making it a valuable asset for surgical planning and education.

 

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August 10, 2017 5:40 am

Legacy Effects Unlocks Movie Magic with Stratasys Connex3 3D Production System

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July 12, 2017 8:31 am

The New Toughest Ever PolyJet Material: Digital ABS Plus

New PolyJet Digital ABS Plus vividly improves the mechanical performance of parts and prototypes for design verification and functional performance testing. For better impact strength, combined with high-temperature resistance, accurate tolerances and superior surface finish. Digital ABS Plus is available in green and ivory on the Connex3, Legacy Connex and Objet1000 platforms.

 

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June 22, 2017 9:06 am

Stratasys Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator ‘The Factory of the Future’. The Smart FDM 3D Manufacturing System

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June 22, 2017 9:03 am

Additive Manufacturing Shaping the Future of Flight with Aircraft Interior Innovations.

The Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator is designed to address the demands of aerospace, automotive and other industries for large, lightweight thermoplastic parts with repeatable mechanical properties. It features a revolutionary approach to FDM extrusion that increases throughput and repeatability. The system turns the traditional 3D printer concept on its side to realize an “infinite-build” approach which prints on a vertical plane for practically unlimited part size in the build direction.

Learn More About 3D Printing Technologies in Aerospace and Defense

 

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June 12, 2017 9:50 am

Full-Color Multi-Material 3D Printing in Education

Faculty and students across diverse programs draw on 3D printing – from science and mathematics to fine arts and even business – leading to unprecedented levels of collaboration.
 

3D printing labs like the one at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) are helping lead the way. Their AMPrint Center is equipped with multiple world-class additive manufacturing and 3D printing technologies that every discipline and department can use, including the new, cutting-edge capabilities of the Stratasys J750 3D Printer. The full-color, multi-material 3D printer supports innovative applications in nearly every department at RIT, spanning health care to science, design and fine arts to engineering.
 

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May 18, 2017 6:52 am

Creaform’s new optical coordinate measuring system MaxSHOT Next™ receives Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017!

The MaxSHOT 3D™ optical coordinate measuring system offers the highest measurement accuracy and repeatability for large-scale projects—regardless of user expertise! It’s perfect for any photogrammetry application!
 

The new optical coordinate measuring system received Red Dot distinction for high-design quality and innovation
 

D2M Solutions technology partner Creaform, the worldwide leader in portable 3D measurement solutions and engineering services, has recently announced that its latest product innovation is the recipient of the prestigious Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017, one of the most sought-after international quality marks for good design. The MaxSHOT Next optical coordinate measuring system was selected among 5,500 entries from 54 countries for its high-design quality and innovation.
 

The new MaxSHOT 3D is designed to provide users, and not just metrology experts, with photogrammetry abilities while enabling them to move freely around the parts thanks to its new design and enhanced capabilities. Building on the product’s portability and unique characteristics that make it ideal for photogrammetry applications, the new MaxSHOT 3D features simple lines that are integrated into a sleek, funnel design that evoke precision:
 

  • Lightweight proportioned construction and well-balanced center of gravity for maximum freedom of movement.
  • Intuitive grip designed for effortless operations around large parts.
  • Integrated laser indicators that reflects on parts for live feedback, which guides users to take the right pictures.
  • Heat sink optimized with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) heat transfer analysis.
  • Multifunction buttons that ensure increased user efficiency and complete integration with Creaform’s VXelements 3D software platform and application suite.

 

According to the Red Dot Design Award jury, “The MaxSHOT 3D represents an accomplished interplay of geometric forms. Moreover, thanks to its optimally balanced center of gravity, the device rests well in the hand.”
 

“The MaxSHOT 3D is a great design at the intersection of form, function, and user experience,” commented Nicolas Lebrun and François Lessard, the two industrial designers behind its design. “Ergonomics were a priority to achieve a product design that is functional and meets application requirements. Since photogrammetry includes taking pictures all around a measured part, from several angles, the device had to be easy and comfortable to operate. The MaxSHOT 3D offers an experience that sets it apart from traditional photogrammetry devices—all the while being a sensible alternative to laser trackers.”
 

“The MaxSHOT 3D is the third technology in Creaform line-up of metrology solutions to win a Red Dot Design Award,” noted Marco St-Pierre, Vice-President Innovation and Technology at Creaform. “It follows the HandySCAN 3D in 2015 and another quality control solution last year that included the MetraSCAN 3D, HandyPROBE and C-Track, which also caught the eye of the jury.
 

“Recognition by such a reputable organization is a mark of excellence and a testament to the quality products we strive to develop for our customers,” he adds.

 

 

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May 17, 2017 7:00 am

Creaform launches VXelements™ 6.0

Creaform launches VXelements™ 6.0 featuring major improvements for VXinspect™ and VXmodel™, its dimensional inspection and scan-to-CAD software modules

 

Latest release of powerful proprietary 3D software platform includes increased hardware to software synergy, interoperability with Solid Edge and optical probing capabilities
 

D2M Solutions technology partner Creaform, the worldwide leader in portable 3D measurement solutions and engineering services, announced the launch of its latest version of VXelements 3D software platform and suite of applications, bringing a more comprehensive experience for users with unmatched hardware to software synergy for reverse engineering, rapid prototyping and dimensional inspection.
 

Some of the key additions in both modules include:

  • Optical probing with MaxSHOT 3D: Users can extract entities automatically from targets and combine scan with optical probing data to get more complete inspection results. Even better, it’s possible to get a colormap from best-fit photogrammetry model to CAD files in a simple mouse click.
  • Faster inspection from scan data: With the VXelements improved workflow, alignment methods for enabling surface best-fit constrains and new interactivity in its 3D viewer for feature creation, users have the tools to work faster and smarter.

VXmodel – Scan-to-CAD software module

  • Interoperability with Solid Edge: With a single click, users can now transfer data from VXmodel directly to leading third-party software, including SOLIDWORKS, Autodesk Inventor and now Solid Edge, providing even more flexibility and integration into user workflows than before.
  • Alignment optimization: Enables simplified management of its alignment process for projects with multiple STL files.

 

“The VXelements algorithms seamlessly simplify metrology for users from different levels of expertise so they can access a wide range of powerful new features to improve productivity, time-to-market and operating costs,” explains Daniel Brown, Product Management Director at Creaform. “New software capabilities and improvements made to the VXinspect and VXmodel modules address the industry’s needs for fast highly accurate results—in both design and inspection workflows. We are excited to put more power, as well as user-friendly photogrammetry capabilities, into the users’ hands so they can be confident their results meet their industries’ strict requirements.”

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April 3, 2017 5:14 am

MENA’s first 3D-printed aircraft interior part revealed at GMIS

A landmark pilot project between Siemens, Strata, the UAE’s advanced composite aerostructures manufacturing company, and Etihad Airways Engineering has successfully developed the first aircraft interior part to be designed, certified and manufactured with 3D printing technology in the Middle East, where the process will include training and skills development for UAE citizens.

 

The part, a plastic frame which surrounds media screens on Etihad Airways aircraft, can be manufactured on demand, cutting production time and eliminating the need for shipping or a locally-stored inventory.

 

The additive manufacturing technology, known as 3D printing, also removes the requirement to design and build tooling for the manufacturing process, allowing future design updates to be modelled virtually and printed swiftly using existing equipment. The monitor frame was selected for the pilot project because of its complexity and appearance requirements. The 3D-printed parts can be employed in Etihad Airways aircraft immediately.

 

“This project showcases our joint capabilities in the UAE to design, certify and manufacture parts using the latest technologies. Its importance cannot be understated, as 3D printing enables high flexibility during design and prototyping and short lead times during production. It opens new possibilities to the industry and inspires our talented engineers to make their ideas become a reality,” said Jeff Wilkinson, CEO, Etihad Airways Engineering, during a joint press conference held at GMIS 2017, the world’s first cross-industry forum.

 

Etihad Airways Engineering has identified great potential for 3D printing technology in aviation to enable faster production of complex and discontinued parts and to allow design improvements by airlines. The design and manufacture of aircraft parts are complex, requiring a stringent certification process to ensure airworthiness and approval for use, according to Wilkinson.

 

“This technology has the potential to revolutionise the aerospace industry through innovation, while also developing local knowledge and skills,” said Badr Al Olama, CEO of Strata and head of the GMIS organising committee. “We are extremely proud to announce the successful completion of our pilot project, this is a key step towards our goal of deploying 3D printing technology on live applications.”

 

The timeframe in manufacturing aircraft parts is the primary challenge, Al Olama noted, while explaining that the new project would cut production time for individual parts from 120 days to only a few days.

 

During the project, Siemens used its global expertise in industrial 3D printing to consult on the selection of materials, testing and the development of the manufacturing processes. Etihad Airways Engineering was responsible for the part’s design and its certification for use in aviation. Strata 3D-printed the part in their Al Ain factory, supported by local partners VPS and D2M Solutions. The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) approved the entire process.

 

“This project is an excellent example of what can be achieved by combining expertise from the right global and local partners,” said Assem Khalaili, Executive Vice President, Industry Customer Services at Siemens Middle East. “Together we have demonstrated the industrialisation of 3D printing technology in the region, paving the way for its use across a range of sectors.”

 

We believe it will play a key role in strengthening local manufacturing in the Middle East, and we are looking forward to further driving the development of digitalised industry in the region.”
With the successful completion of the pilot project, Siemens and Strata intend to investigate the development of a three-year joint roadmap for the further industrialisation of 3D printing in the UAE, Middle East and North Africa. The roadmap is to include training and skill development for UAE citizens, said Siemens.

 

The company is also able to integrate the entire additive manufacturing process from end-to-end, with a portfolio including computer-aided design software, control, automation and drive systems and technology for the digital modelling of all processes. Siemens currently uses 3D printing to manufacture parts for industrial gas turbines and rail vehicles, making the design, production and delivery of parts faster, enabling rapid prototyping, manufacturing and repair.

 

Strata will also continue to explore 3D printing technology in a range of applications in aerostructures including tooling, fixtures and consumables, using both metallic and non-metallic materials.

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April 2, 2017 5:22 am

Creaform HandySCAN 3D scanner now certified by Airbus

Metrology-grade 3D laser scanner is now recognized in the Airbus Technical Equipment Manual (TEM)

 

D2M’s partner Creaform, the worldwide leader in portable 3D measurement solutions and engineering services, announced that its flagship metrology-grade portable 3D scanner, the HandySCAN 3D, has been certified by Airbus and will be added to the company’s next Technical Equipment Manual (TEM) release.

 

This certification comes following the recognition of HandySCAN 3D’s specifications by the French National Laboratory for Metrology & Testing (LNE). Combined with Creaform’s powerful and easy-to-use VXelements software, the scanner can reduce measurement times by up to 80% compared traditional methods.

 

  • Metrology-grade measurements for aircraft maintenance: Users can digitize dent damage on metallic parts with the accuracy of up to 0.030 mm (0.0012 in.) and a resolution of up to 0.050 mm (0.002 in.) with high repeatability and traceable certificate.
  • Intuitive pass/fail testing: With its intuitive design and real-time software visualization, the 3D scanner ensures ultra-short learning curves so operators can get the critical information they need to regardless of their experience levels. All they have to do is point and shoot!
  • Real-time visualization and portability: Because it is so light and small, it can be used in any work environment, such as a hangar or outdoors, as it adapts to ambient and tarmac lighting. Users can easily perform 3D surface inspection of any part of an aircraft—including on and under wings.

 

“This certification by an industry leader like Airbus symbolizes Creaform’s commitment to helping the aerospace as much as the automotive industries address their high-level of GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing) requirements,” said Jérôme-Alexandre Lavoie, Product Manager at Creaform. “With this certification, more and more industry players are turning to Creaform technologies to facilitate and speed up their 3D measurement processes to carry out accurate assessments of aircraft mechanical damage. Our goal is to provide user-friendly and highly advanced solutions to get airplanes back in the skies faster and enable airlines to slash the high costs associated with grounded aircraft.”

 

Creaform HandySCAN 3D scanners will soon be listed in the Airbus Technical Equipment Manual (TEM) which is referenced in the company’s Structure Repair Manual (SRM) and will apply to Airbus A320, A330/A340, A380, A300/A310 models. In the meantime, quality control engineers and MRO operators looking to improve their turnaround times and profitability can contact us to find out more about the solution.

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March 22, 2017 6:48 am

D2M’s Partner Stratasys Debuts a New Dental 3D Printer for Orthodontics, Offering Extremely High Throughput for Production of Clear Aligners

Stratasys J700 Dental™ is specifically designed for the orthodontics segment, driving accelerated production of clear aligners and setting new benchmarks for performance and speed

 

Stratasys unveiled the Stratasys J700 Dental™ 3D Printing solution – the fastest PolyJet-based 3D printer for production of clear aligner molds. Driving scalable, on-demand production, the solution addresses increased demand for fast production of 3D printed aligners as the industry incorporates new digital dentistry workflows.

 

Previewed at the 37th International Dental Show, the Stratasys J700 Dental brings high throughput with lab production rates of more than 400 clear aligner molds per day. The durable VeroDent™ material is ideally suited for accelerated production, greater accuracy, and minimal post-processing. The solution offers seamless digital workflows for large-volume production of patient-specific aligners on the same tray, also reducing requirements for manual post-curing or finishing.

 

The dental community is one of the fastest adopters of 3D printing technology, transforming highly manual processes in the shift towards digital dentistry. Powering better patient experiences, digital dental models can streamline the scan to in-house production workflow, reduce delivery times and gain more accurate output. These processes lower equipment costs, save time, and boost operations for improved competitive advantage.

 

“The Stratasys J700 Dental 3D Printer is especially designed for orthodontic labs to achieve high throughput in production of clear aligners. It is custom-built to address demand for large scale capacity, effectively keeping pace with growing segment requirements,” said R. Scott Rader, PhD, GM of Healthcare Solutions at Stratasys. “With the highest levels of throughput, Stratasys is shaping digital dentistry – again.”

 

3D printed mold for clear aligner (upper left) produced on the Stratasys J700 Dental
3D Printing Solution, and resulting clear aligner (lower right) (Photo: Stratasys Ltd.)

 

An easy-to-use and clean system, the Stratasys J700 Dental 3D printer reduces requirements for advanced design expertise. Further easing workflows is GrabCAD Print™, permitting users to capitalize on smart default settings, tips and notifications for a more seamless 3D printing process. Customers can work with detailed model views alongside a tray and slice preview to handle all necessary adjustments before even going to print.

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March 17, 2017 6:10 am

The first of a new Stratasys material category in ‘reinforced composites,’ FDM Nylon 12CF a high performance composite material.

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March 16, 2017 6:14 am

The new Agilus30 Rubber-like 3D Printing Material family is ideal for prototyping delicate designs or parts that undergo repeated flexing and bending.

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March 2, 2017 9:04 am

3D Printers in action at Strata, UAE! For the first time ever, interior plane parts have been designed, manufactured and certified in the Middle East – and it’s down to 3D printing.

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February 15, 2017 5:22 am

Stratasys Launches F123 Professional 3D Printer Series. The new Stratasys F123 Series is easy to operate and maintain for all levels of experience.

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February 6, 2017 5:45 am

Cleveland Clinic Discusses the Role of 3D Printing in Complex Liver Surgeries-ARAB HEALTH TV 2017

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February 1, 2017 5:25 am

Stratasys 3D Printing Helps Physicians to Plan Surgeries Effectively – ARAB HEALTH TV 2017

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January 5, 2017 5:03 am

Speedo Reduced Time and Costs in Swim Gear Design with Stratasys Multi-material 3D Printing

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November 28, 2016 5:58 am

Stratasys 3D Printing Makes the Difference: Eyewear Icon Safilo Re-Invents Design, Boosts Time to Market for Fashion Frames

Perfect for Design and Concept Verification: 3D Printed Prototypes Enable Immediate Decision-making

To overcome the bottlenecks associated with traditional manufacturing, Safilo invested in a Stratasys J750 full color, multi-material 3D Printer, which, as well as streamlining the prototyping workflow, also brought with it the opportunity to achieve greater prototype realism than previous methods allowed. Utilizing the 3D printer’s large build tray, the company can produce multiple variations of the frames in the same print job, increasing throughput and securing reduced developmental costs. Not only can the company produce full-color prototypes with textures and intricate designs built into the plastic, but it is able to do so in a fraction of the time.

Using its Stratasys J750 3D Printer, Safilo can now quickly iterate eyewear designs, allowing for more creative experimentation and accelerating time to market

Greater Design Variety, Greater Creativity

Watch the video to learn how Safilo is streamlining its prototyping cycle using the Stratasys J750 multi-material, full-color 3D Printer

The simplified, shorter, and smarter process has not only saved Safilo time, but has opened the door to more creative freedom.

“This is the start of a new age for designers. Thanks to the ability of Stratasys’ full color, multi-material J750 to combine an endless gamut of striking colors with varying levels of transparency, we can produce a number of completely different frames and secure levels of product personalization that were previously unattainable,” says David Iarossi, Safilo Creative Designer and Associate Director for Carrera, Givenchy and Havanianas.  “As you can imagine, in the eyewear industry, personalization is key.

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November 2, 2016 5:59 am

How 3D Printing is leveraged in Greece at the National Technical University of Athens

In this webinar, you will get a glimpse of how Mechanical Engineers at the prestigious National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece’s top technical academic institution, are leveraging 3D printing to aid their projects and enhance their research in multiple departments and disciplines within the School of ME, with a focus on FDM, (Fused Deposition Modeling) technology.

Registrants will receive the recorded version of the webinar.

Register here

 

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October 13, 2016 10:26 am

Schneider Electric to create the Factory of the Future with Stratasys 3D Printers.

Schneider Electric SE, a global specialist in electricity distribution, automation management and the production of installation components for energy management is using multiple Stratasys 3D printers for both prototyping and manufacturing applications.
With a combination of StratasysPolyjet and FDM-based 3D Printers the company is realizing significant production efficiencies and makingcost and time-to-market improvements. Schneider Electric is using 3D printing for a wide range of applications including injection molding and assembly line tooling. The company has a vision to create the Factory of the Future with Stratasys 3D printers. See the video and read more here.

3D printed injection mold with resulting part, produced on a Stratasys Objet Connex 3D Printer. With 3D printing, Schneider Electric is recordingcost and time efficiencies of up to 90%.

Efficient design and engineering of assembly-line tooling

A 3D printed jig, produced using StratasysConnex-based 3D printing, facilitating rapid functional tests and required design iterations on the production line.

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July 29, 2016 9:40 am

3D Printed Vascular Models Helps in Combatting Vascular Diseases

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July 28, 2016 9:42 am

Customized 3D Printed Models for Medical Education and Surgical Training

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June 30, 2016 9:45 am

With Stratasys J750 3D Printer Safilo makes best prototypes in very short time with color, textures and patterns on frame

Introducing Stratasys J750 3D Printer in the Safilo prototyping process where they save time by 60%

Safilo Group is leader in eyewear market segment and is one of the largest manufacturers of sunglasses and optical frames in the world.

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June 20, 2016 8:55 am

D2M Solutions FZE features in a CEO PLUS 2016 Magazine

“Through 3D Printing technology, industry can reap tremendous returns by rapidly creating more innovative products and streamlining manufacturing processes,” says D2M’s Managing Director Alexander Papantoniou.

Click below to read full article on page 34

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May 18, 2016 6:22 am

New Enhancements for FDM 3D Printers! Manufacturing Improvement

Our partner Stratasys is introducing new FDM® enhancements – to make the 3D printing of functional product prototypes, production tools and end-use parts simpler, faster and stronger. New FDM enhancements optimized for aero and auto engineering.

ST-130 is “…ideal for automotive, aerospace and sporting goods industries. The new ST-130 material empowers manufacturers of composite parts with an accelerated, more cost-effective option for sacrificial tooling.”said by Ryan Sybrant, Director, Manufacturing Marketing and Enablement, Stratasys.

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April 5, 2016 7:30 am

Stratasys J750 3D Printer Introduces One-Stop Realism with Full Colors…

The latest great addition to the Objet Connex multi-color, multi-material 3D printer series.

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March 31, 2016 8:06 am

Watch Full Webinar ‘How 3D printing is revolutionizing the Educational sector’

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March 22, 2016 7:24 am

How Design-Assist Models Are Transforming Façades

Zahner is an internationally acclaimed engineering and fabrication company best known for its highl….

One of Zahner’s recent projects, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), demonstrates how supply chain integration can help move complex buildings quickly to completion.

KPF principal Trent Tesch brought Zahner onto the project during its early stages to prove to the owner that the proposed façade — a complex swirling structure of stainless steel ribbons—would indeed be possible to fabricate.

The fabrication team began and lived in a 3D world from the beginning.

“We took the architect’s surface information and built out all of the parts based on their original 3D model,” says Mr. Shannon Cole, Zahner Senior Project Engineer.

The project called for the design of 26-foot long unitized pieces that spanned from one anchorage point to another.

The team relied on CATIA to create knowledge patterns that could be adapted for each element. The CATIA software also enabled Zahner engineers to export and manufacture the parts.

While the process of designing each ribbon was fairly complex and required some design expertise, the fabrication and installation process was much simpler.

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