After developing the world’s smallest wristed instruments for microsurgery, MMI needed to quickly make their products market-ready. Discover how AM helped make this possible — and continued to shine once they began producing end-use parts.
Solutions: Certified Additive Manufacturing, Metal 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping
Labman has been at the forefront of designing custom laboratory automation products and solutions for almost 30 years – its robots can be found in over 42 countries, in locations ranging from prestigious research institutions to the development rooms of major manufacturers. With a focus on innovation and a ‘can do’, curious approach, the business is frequently called in to solve automated process puzzles thought insurmountable. And increasingly it’s using 3D printing to do it.
Iristick’s smart safety glasses are at the cutting edge of design and electronic engineering. Working with Materialise, Achilles Design was able to get Iristick into small-series manufacturing at least 6 months ahead of schedule, reduce initial investment costs, and go to market with an agile offering tailorable to customer requirements.
Inspired by the design freedom that 3D Printing presents and armed with a creative concept unlike any other, leading designer Fabián Hofmann presented Materialise with a challenge. To partner with him in creating the industry’s first eyewear range with complex moving parts created entirely from additive technologies. With a re-imagined titanium ‘VOID’ hinge, a lightweight open core frame design, and an entirely new surface finish, ‘Cosmos’ was born.
When it comes to retrofitting aircraft cabins, time is of the essence. By partnering with Materialise, Airbus was able to produce small-batch custom parts faster, meeting tight retrofit timeframes, stringent quality requirements, and exacting aesthetic standards.
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.
Italian drone company Soleon has diverse projects, from aerial photography to thermal mapping drones. For years now, Soleon has been working with Materialise to adapt their products quickly to the needs of their customers, shorten lead times and reduce the weight of the drone parts compared to expensive and time-consuming milled parts.
Volvo Car Gent discovered that streamlining your supply of tools and fixtures can unlock savings, production headroom and more. This 3D-printed gluing jig combines all previous components in one fixture, weighs 64% less and can be delivered in only two weeks at nearly half the price of the previous jig.
328 needed an affordable, fast, and flexible solution to produce low-demand spare parts for the Do328 aircraft. Discover how choosing Materialise’s aerospace manufacturing services takes the risk out of their spare parts strategy and offers flight-ready parts on demand.
When 3D Printing meets the right application and the right partners, it has the potential to turn around an entire industry. Meet Yuniku, the world’s first 3D-tailored eyewear to introduce vision-centric design — and an open digital platform that allows any eyewear brand to do likewise.
Solutions: Aluminium, Certified Additive Manufacturing, Metal 3D Printing
Making the most of Additive Manufacturing means taking a new approach to design. For this suction gripper, our Design & Engineering team evolved the design until we had a 3D-printed part that costs less than one-third of the original, is nearly a quarter of the weight, and needs no assembly.
What was your last eye test at the optician’s like? Materialise’s partnership with HOYA is bringing in a virtual reality simulator that lets you truly experience lenses before buying them, while a brand-new, high-precision eye examination system offers opticians a choice of 60 vision tests.