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.
Without a fast, high-quality and automated AM process, companies can’t scale up production successfully. This qualification process should be as cost-effective as possible, meaning that the Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) costs of AM should be as low as possible. But how can you ensure consistency and repeatability throughout the entire manufacturing process? It’s all about machine learning, or leveraging large amounts of data to deeply understand the hardware.
A 64-year-old patient suffered from severe complications related to total shoulder arthroplasty performed several years ago. His diagnosis claimed a defect with abnormal ossification surrounding the glenoid. Due to the complexity and unusual size of this particular defect, implementing a patient-specific 3D-Printed Glenius implant seemed to offer the best solution. Prof. Dr. Stefaan Nijs (Belgium) proceeded with a two-stage revision procedure based on detailed 3D preoperative planning.
The patient, an 86 year-old woman who was the primary caregiver for her husband, had previously been an active person in the local community. She was experiencing increasing right knee pain and deformity and was unable to walk without the use of a cane. A physical examination revealed antero-posterior and medial instability with 10-degree hyperextension to 90-degree flexion
OrthoView is able to present the full range of options and compatibilities available with complex modular prostheses on-screen so that the surgeon does not need to memorize them. The surgeon is also able to identify that the correct amount of offset is achievable with the chosen prosthesis.
The patient has a history of hypophosphatemic rickets. The associated bone abnormalities and leg malalignment had been addressed by bilateral closing wedge tibial osteotomies when the patient was approximately 40 years of age. The patient was now experiencing pain in both knees and was having difficulty walking.
Nissan uses 3D printing technology to create prototypes and experiment with new vehicle shapes. This involved a lot of manual work. Thanks to Materialise software, they managed to change the entire process and make it much more efficient. Data preparation time was reduced from months to seconds.
By relying on 3D Printing, Hyundai Motor Company can create new products in a fast and cost-effective way, and experiment with designs with almost no design limitations or material waste. But how do they efficiently manage their Additive Manufacturing (AM) production?
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.
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.
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.
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.