3D printing use case: More customized products

3D printing enables the achievement of component customisation, without incurring cost penalties in manufacturing. In this application fields, design of products is specifically tailored to the requirements of the user, and products are often manufactured in lot-size 1.


Showcases:

Lens shades

ALPA realizes customized lens shades for high-end cameras with 3D printing

Industry: Electronics
Field of innovation: More customized products

See this showcase at: AM Expo 2016 (20. and 21. September 2016, Messe Luzern, Switzerland)


Trainingsmodel «The Egg»

The training model supports future physicians in endoscopic surgery. It allows training of the processes and movements during an operation under realistic conditions.

Industry: Medical
Field of innovation: More customized products

See this showcase at: AM Expo 2016 (20. and 21. September 2016, Messe Luzern, Switzerland)


Clear Aligner (Braces)

Aligners are made out of transparent plastic, produced by thermic deformation with a 3D printed model or deep drawing.

Industry: Medical
Field of innovation: More customized products

See this showcase at: AM Expo 2016 (20. and 21. September 2016, Messe Luzern, Switzerland)


Titanium implants made by Selective Laser Melting

The School of Life Sciences of FHNW operates a qualified Selective Laser Melting process to manufacture medical products in titanium grade 2. Such implants are approved for the use in humans already today.

Industry: Medical
Field of innovation: More customized products

See this showcase at: AM Expo 2016 (20. and 21. September 2016, Messe Luzern, Switzerland)


YP HELMET INITIATIVE FOR MASS CUSTOMIZATION

Personalized protection helmet in which the elastic parts are produced out of thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer (TPE) by SLS manufacturing. New mechanical possibilities and very detailed adaptive spring/damping mechanisms could be achieved with the TPE (see donuts structures in the pictures).

Industry: Services (Engineering, Consulting, Marketing, etc.)
Field of innovation: More customized products

See this showcase at: AM Expo 2016 (20. and 21. September 2016, Messe Luzern, Switzerland)


Metal Plated 3D Printed Devices for Basic Research

Complex structures are required for research projects in fundamental studies of gas-phase chemical reactions. In these studies, the motion of molecules is controlled by using strong electric fields and tailored electrode shapes. These are best produced by electroplating 3D printed pieces.

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