When it comes to producing an exact replica of a mammoth, one thing is clear. Size matters. Recreating over 300 bones, some of which are over 2 meters in length (bigger than a fully grown adult!), is no small feat. Coupled with the need to avoid any invasive or potentially damaging work on the original bones, this project presented a unique challenge.
With over 9 million manufactured cars, buses, trucks and other vehicles, Tata Motors is leading the automotive industry in India. And by producing the majority of their output in their own country, they contribute to the ‘Make in India’ policy of the Indian government, launched to stimulate the country’s growth. As drivers of the Indian automotive landscape, they ventured to intensively apply 3D Printing as a new technology for their prototype development, using both Laser Sintering and Stereolithography machines. But how do they make sure they use these technologies in the most efficient way?
Driving pleasure, ergonomics and safety have always been important for the automotive industry. A rising new trend is smart mobility. This means applying innovation and modern technology to stimulate sustainable mobility. One of the goals of smart mobility is to cope with the negative effects of mobility such as traffic jams, pollution and traffic casualties.
Shoe manufacturers often use a master to cast the soles of the shoe. Instead of creating a mold for each type of sole, the bigger shoe manufacturers nowadays 3D print the soles. Manually assigning a texture to each surface area takes a lot of time. In addition, you end up with huge STL file sizes that your computer can no longer handle.
Solutions: 3-matic, Build Processor, Magics, Metal 3D Printing, Renishaw
Materialise worked together with Altair and Renishaw to create an R&D spider bracket. The amazing thing about this bracket is that it contains hybrid lattice structures and is successfully 3D printed in Titanium. This design could not have been created with conventional manufacturing methods.
Solutions: 3-matic, Lightweight Structures, Metal 3D Printing
With Materialise software that is perfectly compatible with simulation and analysis software, you can create strong and light industrial metal parts. This aerospace part was 3D printed in Titanium at our metal competence center in Bremen, with a 63% weight reduction compared to the traditionally manufactured part.
Each kilogram put into orbit costs around $20,000. Every gram saved helps make space a more attainable frontier. So Materialise worked together with the engineering division of Atos, a global leader in digital services, to reinvent a titanium insert that is widely used in satellites.
Fokker Elmo specializes in solutions to keep the immense wiring of an aircraft clear and manageable before and during installation. With clever 3D-printed assembly tools, Fokker Elmo keeps its production routing process organized, even when handling hundreds of meters of wiring.
Imagine having shoes that not only fit perfectly for your feet, but even for the way you move, step and run. And imagine that to find these shoes, all you had to do was walk or run on a scanner for a few moments — and wait a few days for 3D-printed insoles adapted to the exact shape of your feet.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT was looking for a real showstopper to present itself at the LASER World of Photonics 2015: a set of 2-meter-tall 3D-printed letters, spelling out the word LIGHT. Behind the light print, though, lies a very heavy file and some clever design work.
Solutions: 3-matic, Additive Manufacturing, Build Processor, Magics, Metal 3D Printing
The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland wanted to produce a strong and light hydraulic valve with minimal risk of leakage. Since this is an impossible challenge with traditional manufacturing technology, VTT decided to explore the possibilities of 3D Printing.
When you’re aiming to make the fastest electric car in the world, every bit of weight optimization matters: so we helped InMotion create lightweight 3D-printed wishbones for the suspension. Thanks to our Metal Printing Factory and software, InMotion is on its way to an ambitious goal.