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Surgical Innovations provided by 3D rapid prototyping technologies

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Due to advances in 3d Rapid Prototyping technologies, doctors are now making house calls, but not to a patient’s home. Rather they are visiting 3d rapid prototyping labs where they can see their new medical instruments become prototypes before it’s used during a surgical procedure.

Over the past few years, 3D rapid prototyping technologies have made a tremendous impact in the medical community, more specifically on surgical techniques.
Because doctors are becoming more involved in the rapid prototyping process, it improves the quality of the design of the medical instruments often used for complicated and sensitive surgical procedures.

How the prototyping process works is straight-forward.
The 3d rapid prototyping technology allows for the extrusion of a thermoplastic material and deposits it layer-by-layer to form a 3D model. It then undergoes evaluation by the doctor (surgeon), onsite, who can evaluate the medical instrument first-hand, testing its working properties, such as grip, movement, flexibility, etc. During this phase the medical instruments can be refined more readily by the engineers to meet the demanding specifications that the doctors require.

With surgeons now being part of the development process, it eliminates the costly back-and-forth communication between the medical instrument manufacturer and the end-user. This practical approach of involving the end-user during 3D rapid prototyping facilities the development process, as it has helped engineers in delivering medical instruments with the surgical precisions required to ensure a successful outcome.

The results are undeniably more rewarding for both sides, as all the revisions of the medical instruments are completed during the schematic process, which results in a higher-quality end product and offers financial advantages for the manufacturer.


Staying ahead of the competition with rapid prototype manufacturing

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

In today’s competitive and economically challenging environment, the time it takes to introduce a new product to the marketplace has an enormous impact on a company’s ability to stay ahead of its competitors.

Anyone in business knows that introducing a new product even one day later than your competition can have negative consequences that can affect a company’s market share and bottom line.

However, Rapid Prototyping manufacturing allows companies to quickly move a product from the design engineers’ drawing board into the hands of its customers that meet both their needs and their price point.

Due to its efficiency and flexibility in the product development process, rapid prototype manufacturing assists manufacturers in reducing their “design-to-product” expenses. With rapid prototype manufacturing, companies can shorten development cycles; thereby allowing them to respond to the increasing demand by its customers for more improved and innovative products—who also expect a fast turn-around.

During the prototyping phase, engineers can easily identify problems in design such as functionality, durability, and quality. Rapid prototype manufacturing refines the manufacturing process and removes design and production hurdles that otherwise may be been impossible or economically unfeasible in the past with more conventional prototyping methods.

Utilized by commercial industries from aerospace to automotive, rapid prototype manufacturing is adopted by those design engineers who are want opportunities to enhance the design of their products. The advanced technology of rapid prototype manufacturing has provided tremendous strategic advantages for companies who recognize that they need to reduce expensive production processes, improve product quality, and gain market share, in order to stay competitive.


If the shoe doesn’t fit, make a 3D rapid prototype

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

3D rapid prototypes are not only used in the design of medical devices or printed circuit boards; although the inclination for many people is to believe that rapid prototyping technology is reserved for design engineers of complex electronics and parts. However, it’s quite the contrary.

3D rapid prototypes have been used in concept modeling for toys, prosthetics, automotive parts, and yes, even footwear.

Advancements in technology of 3D rapid prototyping have made prototyping more accessible and less expensive, and provide footwear designers, to name one industry, with many advantages.

So how exactly does 3D rapid prototyping help designers?
By creating a 3D rapid prototype model of their product, it provides flexibility in the manufacturing process, helps to eliminate design flaws, and increases efficiency in production as it’s a cost-effective method. Although creating prototypes themselves is not a new concept, conventional methods were expensive and often times delayed production.

After all, it’s the consumer that designers are targeting, and they have many options from which to choose, which is why expediency, but quality is paramount. And the only way to achieve that goal is to manufacture a product to exact specifications and that is best facilitated by starting the design process with a 3D rapid prototype model. This enables design features to be put through a series of tests to allow for prototype improvements, thus allowing designers to be more precise in developing a higher quality end product.

But regardless of whatever widget, gadget or running shoe is being produced, new and improved 3D rapid prototype services have provided designers of footwear, electronics, and automotive parts—to name a few—with a necessary tool to help them create products that meets the unique demands of its customers.