Manufacturing

Airbus Gets on Board with 3D Printing

Solutions: Certified Additive Manufacturing, FDM

When it comes to retrofitting for aircraft, time is of the essence. During cabin retrofits, the integration of newly designed elements might create a need for adapting or redesigning some panels or spacers, which are typically required in low volumes and short timeframes. With tight retrofit timescales to meet, Airbus was looking for a quick and smart solution to produce these spacer panels, and they found it in Materialise’s Certified Additive Manufacturing.

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Manufacturing

Shell Brings Robotic Inspection to the Global Energy Industry

Solutions: Laser Sintering, Stereolithography

Employing robots to conduct equipment inspections is a longstanding focus for Shell – one with potentially huge safety and efficiency benefits. To avoid transporting its large and valuable robots to promotional events, Shell asked Materialise to create smaller models to serve as demonstrators. Through a bespoke combination of 3D Printing technologies, materials and finishing techniques, Materialise produced two precise replicas that look exactly like the original machines.

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Medical

Life-transforming shoulder surgery makes 60 year old woman fulfill her daily activities again

A 60 year old lady was suffering from shoulder pain and limited range of motion. Analysis of the medical images indicated a devastating shoulder arthrosis with severe medialization and erosion of the glenoid. Due to a complete loss of the glenoid vault, implantation of a classic pegged baseplate for reverse total shoulder was not an option. In addition, interposition of a massive bone graft would have little chance for ingrowth and survival, hence little chance to offer sufficient stability.

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Medical

Life-transforming hip surgery makes 81 year old sing and whistle again

At the age of 81, the patient was suffering from a Paprosky type 3B defect and already underwent hip revision surgeries prior to seeking the help of Mr. Dunlop. He is not alone, because data from joint registries show that 27% of the revisions is not an initial one and those re-revisions have a 3 times higher chance of failure compared to initial revisions.

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Medical

Restoring Hip Biomechanics with Cemented Femoral Hip Implants: A 3D Templating Study Using Scripting

Solutions: Scripting, Mimics Innovation Suite

Total hip replacement is widely considered a very successful surgery to relieve pain and restore mobility to patients. Since the shape of every patient's femur is different, the femoral offset, anteversion angle and length can vary widely between patients. Therefore, to achieve good functional results, an accurate restoration of hip biomechanics with appropriate implant and sizing options is essential.

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Medical

Automating Key Components of Finite Element Research

Solutions: FEA, Mimics Innovation Suite, Scripting

In total hip replacement surgery, short hip stems are presumed to reduce proximal stress shielding compared to traditional, long stems. Belgian researchers virtually implanted a commercially available calcar-guided short stem in a series of bones with deviating proximal geometry and performed finite element analyses. Given the large number of FEA models that had to be created, they used an automated methodology. 

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Medical

Orthopedic Device Manufacturers Turn to Workflow Automation to Accelerate Knee Development

Solutions: Scripting, Mimics Innovation Suite

Patellofemoral joint complication is among the leading causes for the failure of primary total knee replacement. When the joint wears down and a total knee replacement surgery is recommended, one of the goals of the femoral component is to restore the trochlear groove in such a way that the patella follows its natural pathway during knee movement. Exactech performed a study to understand the native, healthy trochlear groove.

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Software

Smoothing the Flow: How Sambon Saves 3 Hours on Data Prep per File

Solutions: Magics, STL

Sambon Precision & Electronics manufactures audio devices (earphones, headphones and speakers) and keypads for distribution in South Korea and oversea. When developing a new product, producing a prototype is a mandatory step in the development process. Sambon 3D prints the prototypes since it’s a fast and flexible method. Unfortunately, their 3D printing workflow wasn’t that smooth, and took up a lot of time for the data preparation team. Using Materialise Magics software, they were able to reduce file repair and platform preparation time significantly.

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Software

Midwest Prototyping Reduced the Weight of SLA Molds by 42% Using Honeycomb Structures

Solutions: Magics

The new honeycomb structure in Materialise Magics22  allows companies to reduce material usage and printing time. As a beta tester of Materialise Magics22Midwest Prototyping was one of the very first to try out the new feature.

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Software

Volum-e Reduces Metal Support Removal by 50% Using Materialise e-Stage

Solutions: Aluminium, e-stage, Metal 3D Printing

Automation, speed, quality and cost reduction are all important drivers for improving the 3D printing process. Discover how volum-e increased their efficiency of their highly complex metal production. 

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Manufacturing

QualiCal’s METRO puts 3D Printing in the Limelight

Solutions: Certified Additive Manufacturing, Laser Sintering

Italian engineering company QualiCal saw an opportunity for innovation in lime production, and asked — could 3D printing help eliminate the single biggest cause of production downtime? It could and it has. Partnering with us, QualiCal developed a shaft level indicator that offers the potential for increased revenue of up to €1,400,000.

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Medical

Furthering Orthopaedic Research through Enhanced Remeshing

Solutions: FEA, Mimics Innovation Suite

A growing number of patients has undergone both a total hip and a total knee replacement in the same leg. Researchers at the Biomechanics section of the University of Leuven wanted to understand whether the distance between the hip and knee implants — the ‘interprosthetic gap’ — would influence the femoral strength. This required a robust workflow for creating accurate finite element models. Using the Materialise Mimics Innovation Suite allowed the researchers to generate accurate surface and volume meshes based on medical image data.

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