Monday, 15 December 2014

Stratasys Introduces 3D Printing Curriculum for Vocational, College and University Educators

ARTICLE BY SHELLY LINOR, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, STRATASYS

Students at Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore learn about the basics of 3D printing using Stratasys’ education curriculumIn my travels across the world with Stratasys, I have been fortunate to speak with many professors, educators and thought leaders on the importance of formal and non-formal 3D printing education. Skills and experience related to 3D printing are already in demand and will exponentially grow across a variety of industries in the years ahead. In the latest research published by Wanted Analytics, the number of job ads requiring workers with 3D printing skills increased 1,834% in 4 years and 103% when comparing August 2014 to August 2013.
There are two challenges to 3D printing curricula.  The first is that academic institutions are unlikely to share their programs with other organizations. The second is that 3D printing is so dynamic it requires an infrastructure that enables the content to be constantly refreshed to keep students ahead of the curve.
This is exactly what inspired us to create the a new Stratasys 3D printing curriculum for educators. The full-semester 14-week course can help prepare secondary and post-secondary students worldwide for careers being transformed by 3D printing.
The open curriculum is being created in collaboration with educators around the world to ensure its quality and relevance. Our goal is to ensure that students are fully prepared to enter the new work environment with the right skill sets and knowledge base. Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore and Wentworth Institute of Technology in the U.S. have led the process of implementing the Stratasys’ 3D printing curriculum.
Materials are free to educators and include a curriculum guide, supporting presentations, 3D models (STL files) and grading tools. Centered on academic community engagement, the content is aimed to be continuously refreshed with the help of participating educators.
The beginner course, Introduction to 3D Printing: From Design to Fabrication, explores 3D printing in terms of its history, established applications, forward-looking trends, and potential social and economic impacts. Through project-based learning, students will experience 3D printing’s impact on the design process first-hand. Centered on the course’s theme Make Something That Moves Something, a variety of projects guide students through the process of designing and 3D printing a fully functional moving part in a single build.
Students will become familiar with the advantages of various 3D printing technologies in terms of precision, resolution and material capabilities. While Stratasys recommends FDM and PolyJet 3D printing technology for this course, any technology platform and any CAD software with STL support may be used.
We plan to add two sequential advanced courses, covering material memory, multi-material use, and 3D printing for robotics applications. You can learn more about educational packages here.

Article courtesy of Stratasys

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

New Advanced Manufacturing Centre Opens in Australia

The Grand Opening of 3D Central Advanced Manufacturing Centre, Australia's premier commercial 3D printing production facility, was a huge success and well received by all in attendance. Objective3D's headquaters and the new home of RedEye Australasia, the facility was officially opened by The Hon. Bob Baldwin, Parliamentary Secretary to Industry.
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Jeff Hanson and Randy Jumbeck,
RedEye USA
Over 200 guests were treated to insights in 3D printing across the global market by Jeff Hanson, Director of Global Network for RedEye, the Additive Manufacturing branch of Stratasys (Pictured).
The event helped to not only showcase this premier Additive Manufacturing facility, but also many of the applications and opportunities for 3D Printing innovation across a broad range of industries.
SubSea7 showcased
mining applications
With representatives from dental, fashion, mining, transport, entertainment, automotive, jewellery, medical and education, 3D Printing professionals and enthusiasts were able to speak directly to other industry leaders about how they can also utilise 3D printing to their benefit.
Highlighting the capabilities of RedEye Australasia, Objective3D's own 3D printing production facility, which includes technologies such as  Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), PolyJet, Selective Laser Sintering as well as services such as part finishing, sanding, vapour smoothing and painting. This allows visitors to gain a valuable insight into this state of the art advanced manufacturing centre.
To arrange a visit, please contact Objective3D on (03) 9785 2333.


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Take a look at the New Objet500 Connex2 from Stratasys

Why the New Objet500 Connex2 Multi-material 3D Printer is Great News for Manufacturers

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The Objet500 Connex2 Multi-material
3D Printer can create injection molds using Digital ABS
The new triple-jetting Objet500 Connex2 Multi-material 3D Printer was introduced this week by Stratasys at IMTS 2014 in Chicago and is expected to set new standards for 3D printing price/performance and high throughput additive manufacturing.
For a unique perspective on this newest addition to the Objet500 Connex series, check out the video below.
One of the most important manufacturing applications being revolutionized with Objet Connex 3D Printing is injection molding. Leveraging PolyJet-based technology, the Objet500 Connex2 can produce injection molds for testing designs in their final materials before mass production and for manufacturing low volumes of end-use injection molded parts.  Compare this with the considerable time and expense of using CNC-tooled molds to test injection mold designs and you’ll understand why more and more manufacturers are integrating Stratasys 3D Printers for production tooling applications.
The perfect choice for both design and manufacturing applications, the Objet500 Connex2 comes equipped with a large build envelope and can produce parts from three diverse materials in a single production run. This allows users to create assemblies with components formed from three different materials, or it can produce components that contain both rigid and flexible materials.  The Objet500 Connex2 can also produce hundreds of composite Digital Materials with a wide range of material properties.
For more information contact Objective3D - Stratasys Customer Service and Satisfaction Award winners for 2013.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

ASA is the new thermoplastic to replace ABS filament for Fortus systems


New UV-Resistant ASA Thermoplastic Expands 3D Printed Outdoor Applications, Introduced at IMTS


Stratasys has expanded the variety of outdoor and mechanical applications that can be 3D printed with the launch of its new ASA on September 8, at IMTS.  ASA (Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate) is an all-purpose thermoplastic 3D printing material for Stratasys FDM-based 3D Printers and Production Systems. Manufacturers in the automotive, electronics, commercial, sporting goods, construction and other industries will benefit from ASA’s strength and durability. Applications include jigs and fixtures, electrical boxes, recreational vehicles and outdoor tools. 
The new Stratasys ASA UV resistant 3D printing material is especially ideal for manufacturers in the automotive, electronics, commercial, sporting goods and construction industries.



Compatible with the Fortus 360mc, 400mc and 900mc 3D Production Systems, ASA thermoplastic surpasses the capabilities of ABS, offering UV resistance so parts will be durable and resist fading even with long-term exposure to direct sunlight. 

Considered to have the best aesthetics of any FDM material available, ASA offers an exceptional surface finish – details such as printed text and other features are greatly improved by ASA’s matte finish. 

The new Stratasys ASA UV resistant 3D printing material is especially ideal for manufacturers in the automotive, electronics, commercial, sporting goods and construction industries.It is also a highly reliable material, delivering a 50 percent increase in impact strength over Stratasys ABS, and a 25 percent increase in durability with slightly more flexibility.

ASA joins the Stratasys family of production-grade thermoplastics, including ABS, Nylon, PC and high-performance ULTEM 9085, developed to build tough, durable concept models, prototypes, tools and end-use parts.
See ASA in action right now in this exclusive vlog interview with Brendan Dillon, Product Manager at Stratasys.

RUOK? Day - 11 September 2014

It's R U OK day today! Make sure you take the time to have a meaningful conversation with someone and listen to find out if they are OK.

Sir Richard Branson said, "If you can't see someone in person, the next best thing is to call and ask “are you ok?” As friends, we can listen and let them know we care. Come on Australia, let's put the voice back into conversation."

R U OK? Ambassador and actor Simon Baker said "We have horrible droughts in this country; we have bushfires and other incidents where Australians band together. We have proven that we have the strength and the power to stand together as a community. To be able to show that same strength as individuals and have conversations one-on-one with friends would be an incredible step forward for us all”

Last year RedEye Australasia 3D Printed the functional RUOK question marks that traveled all around Australia to raise awareness. Find out about the project at: http://3dprintingsolutions.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/are-r-u-ok-day-question-marks.html
 
 

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Digital Dentistry highlights the many uses of 3D Printing

Congratulations to Sid Tass and TDL Precision Orthodontics for the article in the Herald Sun on Friday 5th September 2014.


3D Printing is changing the way that so many different industries do business, and digital dentistry is a great example of using 3D Printing to innovate and revolutionize an existing service or product. 

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Come see us at the 2014 3D Printing Showcase


Register for the 2014 3D Printing Showcase now. The showcase will be held on September 12-13 at the University of Melbourne in Parkville.

Matt Minio, Managing Director of Objective3D, will be presenting a discussion on 3D Printing in Education - From entry level concepts to cutting edge research. With such a wide variety of 3D Printing technologies available today, he will cover how 3D printing can be used across a wide range of faculties and business units.

Register to attend for free at https://3DPShowcase2014.eventbrite.com.au/

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

RedEye has moved!

Objective3D Parts (powered by RedEye) has moved! 

It is good bye to our little factory in Mornington and hello to our new state of the art facility in Carrum Downs.

Not quite ready for visitors yet, we will keep you informed of upcoming opening days. Check out our new website: www.3dcentral.net.au for the latest info on training days, seminars, and webinars.


Thursday, 14 August 2014

Cheers to Smirnoff and RedEye Australasia

Marketing functions, product launches and even music festivals are now embracing 3D Printing to bring a unique perspective to their events.

RedEye Australasia was recently contacted by Dark Matter to produce a 3D Prototype for Smirnoff to use at Splendour in the Grass held in the North Byron Parklands 25-27 July 2014.

The idea was to create a "Cheers Cam" by placing a GoPro video camera into the base of a large Smirnoff cup. The camera was then held in place with an interlocking base. The results are captured below.








The prototype cup was made in Nylon using SLS manufacturing technologies. The cup was then painted and finished to resemble the final product to Smirnoff Pantone colour guidelines. 

Suitable for functional testing to see how the GoPro would fit and how easy the cup would be to load and unload, drink from and of course ... Cheers, It was a total success and a great marketing opportunity 

All the fun of Cheers Cam can be seen in the Smirnoff video above or on Twitter at #VIPublic.  





Thursday, 17 July 2014

Inside 3D Printing Competition Winner

Congratulations to Brooke Taylor from Closed Loop Environmental Solutions. Brooke won the $500 worth of 3D printed parts from RedEye Australasia and Objective3D, simply by registering at our stand at Inside 3D Printing Expo and Conference.
Thank you to all who entered. 

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Additive Manufacturing: Tools without Tooling

How Additive Manufacturing is changing the way we make ... Everything 

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Additive Manufacturing (AM) has been called the Next Industrial Revolution, improving virtually every aspect of the way products are made. Additive manufacturing is a key component of Direct Digital Manufacturing which generally describes the process of producing parts directly from digital CAD data.

Normally DDM stories tend to focus on end use parts, where additive manufacturing is used to cost-effectively produce the final parts that go into your car, jetliner or coffee maker. Describing its potential impact, the Wohlers Report 2014 states, ”Most indications suggest that we are heading toward a relatively new method of manufacturing and an industry worth tens of billions of dollars.”

One area of additive manufacturing that can have an equally significant impact is tools – the molds, patterns, jigs and fixtures that are used throughout the manufacturing and assembly processes.

Just think how many products you come in contact with every day that have been produced with injection molding, blow molding, silicone-molding and sand-casting…or assembled using jigs and fixtures. A long-standing method of creating these tools and patterns relies on time-consuming subtractive processes such as CNC tooling using steel or aluminum. But the advent of additive manufacturing and 3D printing means that tools can be created essentially without tooling – direct from digital 3D CAD files.  The benefits are numerous, from accelerated time to market to drastically reduced production costs, from the elimination of wasted materials to the ability to create tools on demand.

The Future of Manufacturing is Here

DDM therefore has the potential to change the landscape and economies of manufacturing as we know it. 3D printed molds and tools enable product designs to be inexpensively functionally tested in their final materials…and refined, before being mass produced. And tools and molds can be 3D printed in literally a matter of hours, compared to weeks for CNC equivalents.

Comparison of additive and conventional
manufacturing resources for tool production.
Source: Stratasys

For jigs and fixtures, DDM is a manufacturing dream come true. With DDM, assembly tools can be easily created to meet exact user specifications – then tested, tweaked and reprinted until perfection. Equally exciting, the precise tool required can be 3D printed on demand within hours, streamlining the manufacturing process and eliminating the need for tool inventory. Imagine how this will positively affect workflows and profits. If a jig or fixture breaks, no problem. You don’t shut down assembly, you just 3D print a new one!

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Fixture assembly tool
produced by BMW
using a Fortus 3D
Production System
from Stratasys
Matt Hlavin, CEO, Thogus, explains “We can take a 3D geometry and 3D print an end of arm tool that weighs 70–90% less, in less than 24 hours. And if the design doesn’t work, we can tweak the CAD file and reprint it again.“Here’s another great example: vacuum cleaner legend, Oreck created a custom fixture using Stratasys FDM-based 3D printing technology for use in its inspection of injection molded parts before they’re  mass produced. The result is the Quality Control process that previously took a month to complete can now be done in one day! And Oreck can now create customized fixtures that are specifically designed to quickly and perfectly position each First Article for testing.

For more information or to see how 3D Printing could benefit your business, call Objective3D on (03) 9785 2333 or visit www.objective3d.com.au.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Find out more about Colour Multi-Material 3D Printing here - Stratasys Webinar

Vibrant Color Pallettes

 

Stratasys 3D Printing Webinar:

 Multi-Materials and Vibrant Colour

 VIEW WEBINAR


Connex 3D Printing was the first technology to offer multi-material 3D printing. With the Objet500® Connex3, Stratasys launched another first: a color, multi-material 3D printer. Combining three base materials dramatically extends the possibilities — rich, vibrant colors and unprecedented material versatility.
In this webinar, Jon Cobb, executive vice president at Stratasys, will share his expertise on this significant technology advancement, what multi-material color 3D printing really means, how it works and the many benefits. Guadalupe Ollarzabal of Trek Bicycle, a longtime Connex user and Objet500 Connex3 beta tester, will share why his shop chose multi-material 3D printing, what they’re using it for, and how the new technology advances their products.

Click HERE   to learn more.
 
 
 
   
 

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

New flexible colour 3D Printing materials for Connex3

Exploring a New World of 3D Printed Product Realism with Flexible Colour Digital Materials

We’re excited to unveil Stratasys’ extended range of flexible and rigid material options for the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer. With these new colour palettes, Stratasys is continuing to expand your ability to improve the look, feel and functionality of your 3D printed parts.

3d printed multicolor keyboard
One of three new Stratasys flexible color palettes
composed of rubber-like black (TangoBlackPlus)
and rigid opaque colors, spanning a
wide selection of Shore A values.
The new offerings comprise six flexible material palettes,  featuring  more than 200 vibrant colour shades in a wide range of Shore A values and opacities. There are also four new rigid gray and color palettes – three 45-colour rigid gray palettes, each  combining rigid white (VeroWhite) and black (VeroBlack) with colours, and one 45-hue gray palette with varying levels of translucency.

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Boaz Jacobi, Product Marketing Manager, Stratasys
We caught up with Boaz Jacobi, Stratasys Product Marketing Manager, to help illuminate Stratasys’ wonderful world of color and multi-material opportunities.

Blog: What new possibilities does this extended range of material options bring to additive manufacturing?

Jacobi:  The Objet500 Connex3, already the most versatile 3D printer on the market, can now leverage over 1,000 colour options and virtually unlimited combinations of flexible, rigid and translucent-to-opaque colours in a single print run. This provides true final product realism and versatility in end-to-end applications.
3d printed flexible swim fins
Swim fins produced on the Objet500 Connex3
Colour Multi-material 3D Printer
using new flexible color

Blog: What are the main benefits to product manufacturers, and how does it help businesses?

Jacobi: The wide variety of material combinations enables manufacturers to create parts that actually look, feel and function like future products rather than only looking like them. This allows the production of complete products without manual assembly and means product designers can now validate designs earlier in the product development cycle, accelerating time-to-market.

Blog: What are the advantages of 3D printing rubber-like colour materials?

Jacobi: Stratasys now enables users to 3D print digital materials in a wide range of Shore A values. This unique capability benefits  many popular applications ranging from consumer applications to sporting goods and kitchen gadgets. For example, consumer goods manufacturers require soft touch colored parts and overmoulding for applications such as toothbrush handles and hair brush hand grips. In the consumer electronics market, flexible colored parts are becoming increasingly popular for devices like keyboards and remote control devices. Providing these capabilities ensures best final product realism when 3D printing parts.

3d printed shower heads
Shower heads by Ideal Standard Ltd
were produced in one print run on an
Objet500 Connex3 Colour Multi-material
3D Printer using a combination of new
flexible colour and transparent materials.
Blog: What are some of the key uses for the new rigid colour palettes?

Jacobi: The four new rigid colour palettes include a black-white-clear palette that can be used to produce a sleek, reflective sheen,  useful in consumer electronics parts. The colour-black-white palettes are ideal to create medical devices, automotive and consumer product housings in popular gray tones with vibrant colour components.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Artec 3D Scanners available now

Objective3D are now a proud distributor of Artec 3D Scanners 

Artec 3D Scanners offer high quality scanning solutions for applications in medicine, design, media, quality control and heritage preservation.

Hand-held and easy to use, the Artec Eva and Artec Spider offer:
- High accuracy and high resolution
- Quality texture
- Real time scanning and alignment
- No calibration, no markers and only 1 USB cable

 Artec Eva
The Artec Eva 3D scanner is the ideal choice for those that need to receive a quick, textured and accurate scan. Eva doesn't require markers or calibration. It captures objects quickly in high resolution and vibrant color, which allows for almost unlimited applications.
Artec Spider

The Artec Spider is a new 3D scanner designed specifically for CAD users and perfect for reverse engineering, product design, quality control and mass production. Together with Artec Studio software, it is a powerful, desktop tool for designers, engineers and inventors of every kind.

See how Coca-Cola used their Artec Eva ...



         

To find out more visit our website or request a call from one of our consultants.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

3D Printed food gets creative

Check out this YouTube clip we found ... 3D Printed pancakes!
This is very cool.




 Maybe we need to get one of these for our lunch room!

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

3D Ubisoft gaming characters are printed in 3D!

RedEye Australasia were recently contacted by Drifter (www.drifter.net) to 3D Print the winning character designs from the Ubisoft "Design your very own 3D-printable hero in the Ubisoft 3D Character Creator!" (http://www.ubisoft3dcharactercreator.com.au).

The Facebook community chose a winning design from the Ubisoft 3D Character Creator each month to be 3D printed, hand painted, and sent to the winner!

The winning designs were printed in nylon using SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) by RedEye Australasia. Watch the video below to see how the  characters emerge.

NOTE: Due to the fact that SLS involves using a laser to melt nylon layer by layer in a bed of powder, this part of the process cannot be shown. 




RedEye Australasia is the 3D Printing Bureau side of Objective3D - Your complete, professional 3D printing solutions centre.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

3D printing brings music to our ears

The Before Picture: Dror Adler from the Adler Trio holding the microphone while also using both hands to play
Juggling the microphone
and harmonica
3D Printing and rapid prototyping allows for advancements and innovations that can turn an idea into a reality in only a few short days.

Dror Adler, a harmonica player from the Adler Trio, had been juggling a microphone and harmonica for over 50 years when he finally said that enough was enough. He came up with an idea to build a unique microphone enclosure that would attach to the harmonica and accommodate all the necessary electronics for a wireless mike that will allow the user to play the harmonica unimpeded.

The first  prototype was produced on a Stratasys Eden 3D Printer using PolyJet technology.  Several design iterations were created until a perfect prototype was produced and Dror was in harmonica heaven.

The After Picture: Stratasys 3D printed microphone enclosure accommodates all the necessary electronics for a wireless mic
The Final Product
After other musicians saw the Adler Trio performing live, they started asking where they could buy their own microphone holder, and it was then that Dror began to consider producing them in small commercial quantities.

The harmonica mic enclosure in a 3D printed silicone mold, directly after the silicone has cured around the pattern
The Silicon Mould
Once again using 3D Printing, a pattern was created and from this a silicon mould was produced. This allows for the final product material to be injected into the negative space of the mould, creating an end use product, ready for sale. This has proven to be a viable and economical production method for producing about 10 to 15 parts in each run.  The silicone mold is used over and over, every time Adler receives a new order.

To find out more about 3D Printing or how we can help you 3D Print your parts, either in-house or through our 3D Printing Bureau, contact us by clicking here.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

New Endur PolyJet material from Stratasys

This week, Stratasys expanded its portfolio of 3D printing materials with Endur, a new PolyJet 3D printing material for use with Eden, Connex and Objet printers.

Endur is an alternative to Durus, with improved chemical characteristics and composition to give models and prototypes a polypropylene-like look and functionality, much like the characteristics of standard plastics.

In the video below, Boaz Jacobi, Product Marketing Manager at Stratasys, talks about the capabilities of Endur and examines some applicative models that look and behave like polypropylene in terms of flexibility, strength and toughness.



Just like the name implies, Endur is tough. The polypropylene-like material offers both high impact resistance and superior elongation at break. Endur has a heat-deflection temperature up to 129°F/ 54°C, excellent dimensional stability and comes in a bright white color. It also features an excellent surface finish to make it easier to achieve a smooth look and feel.

These properties make Endur attractive for 3D printing prototypes that need the flexibility, appearance and toughness of polypropylene for a wide range of form, fit and assembly applications. This includes moving parts, snap-fit components, and small cases and containers with lids. The white tone and smooth surface finish make it ideal for consumer goods, electronics and household appliances, lab equipment and automotive parts.

Endur is available now from Objective3D for use with all Objet EdenV, Objet Connex, Objet500 Connex3 and Objet30 Pro 3D Printers.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Bowling down the Competition

Strike Bowling recently ran a competition for new designs to go on their new revolutionary high tech shoes. These shoes are so cutting edge, they even have anti-theft devices built in!

With such a major facelift, Strike bowling contacted Method Studios to help with the launch.

Method Studios came up with a great concept ... to project the best designs on a big 3D shoe ... a really big 3d bowling shoe!

So big, that they needed a big 3D printer for the job - so they contacted RedEye Australasia to 3D Print shoes specifically for the launch. RedEye Australasia offers the largest build volume in Australasia and a great solution to people wanting to print large items in a single piece.

3D Printing the Strike Shoe




An actual Strike bowling shoe was scanned to produce a CAD file which was then 3D printed using FDM in ABS in a Stratasys Fortus 900MC. A 900MC allowed these large shoes to be built in a single piece. They were then sanded and supplied to Method Studios for the launch parties. The shoes measured approximately 850mm long x 200mm wide and 350m high.




For more details on the 900MC, visit Objective3D.com.au.

The design was chosen from 1658 entries with the top designs showcased in the video below.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Stratasys Announces Finalists for Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge!



Stratasys, manufacturer of 3D printers and materials for personal use, prototyping and production, proudly represented by Objective3D in Australia and New Zealand has selected finalists for the 10th annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge.
A finalist in the college engineering category, Straggling Laces was submitted by Carrie Groskopf an ...
A finalist in the college engineering category,
Straggling Laces was submitted by Carrie Groskopf
and Eric Reid from Ryerson University in Toronto,
Canada. Photo: Stratasys
 The global contest offers students in middle school, high school and college the opportunity to redesign an existing product or to create a new product that improves how a task is accomplished. Entries are evaluated based on creativity, being mechanically sound and being realistically achievable.

The top-10 finalists in each category (middle school/high school engineering, college engineering and art/architecture) will receive a 3D printed model of their design and a $50 gift card.

During the final round of judging, industry experts will select winners in each category. The judges this year are:
  • Todd Grimm (President, T.A. Grimm & Associates)
  • Patrick Gannon (Engineering Manager, Thogus/RP+M)
  • Tim Shinbara (Technical Director, Association for Manufacturing Technology)
  • Rachel Park (Editor-In-Chief, 3D Printing Industry)
Stratasys will award first place winners a $2,500 scholarship, with second and third place winners both receiving a $1,000 scholarship. The instructor of the first place winner in each category will receive a demo 3D printer to use in the classroom for a limited time.

Since the contest's inception, Stratasys has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to innovative students. Video, photos and descriptions of previous winning designs, as well as contest rules and regulations are available on the Stratasys website.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Stratasys receives dentistry award for Objet30 Orthodesk

3D printing is becoming increasingly popular with dentists, but an even greater percentage of orthodontists are prepared to make the leap to digitizing their “shops” – or they already have! The compact Objet30 OrthoDesk, award-winning digital dental workhorse Objet Eden260V and the just launched Objet Eden260V DentalAdvantage 3D Printers by Stratasys are equally useful and productive for orthodontic labs and practices. So it’s no wonder that the Objet Eden260V has just won The Dental Advisor magazine’s 2014 Product Award for rapid prototyping, for the second straight year. The magazine highlighted the Objet Eden260V’s outstanding surface detail, easy management and maintenance, high resolution in all axes, and high speed in high quality 3D printing modes as reasons for its selection.

How can the switch to digital orthodontics make a difference for both orthodontists and patients?

Stratasys 3D printed dental models created with ClearBio MED610 material
Stratasys 3D printed dental models created with ClearBio MED610 material

When a practice has “gone digital,” the 3D experience begins right away. The first part of any orthodontic treatment is casting the “before” mold of the teeth, with all the faults that require correction. More and more orthodontists are turning away from the traditional dental impressions in silicone, sodium alginate or polyether. Instead, they’re using intra-oral scanners to get a full view of the anatomy of the mouth, jaws and teeth. These 3D scans are then “print ready” – 3D printers take that digital information and produce an exceptionally accurate 3D printed model.

Avi Cohen, Director Global Dental, Stratasys
Stratasys’ Director of Global Dental, Avi Cohen (pictured right), explained how 3D scanning and 3D printing can benefit orthodontists:  “It is standard practice for orthodontists to keep the original (or ’before’) impressions for each patient for several years – five to nine, depending on location. For orthodontic practices of any size, this can create a huge storage problem since all those physical models need a home! But with digital files, they are stored electronically and models can be 3D printed on demand if necessary.

“Another outgrowth of 3D printing in orthodontists’ offices is the 3D printed guide. Acting as a “road map” for placing brackets or other parts of the treatment, busy practices can rely on dental assistants to treat patients using these individual treatment guides.”

3D printed models produced with VeroDentPlus dental material
3D printed models produced with VeroDentPlus dental material 

“Unlike the braces of decades ago, a popular choice for adults to correct their teeth alignment are ‘invisible braces,’ a series of transparent corrective appliances that are worn for short periods of time. These ‘aligners’ move the teeth from their original position but without any disruption to the patient’s appearance – a clear advantage for individuals who are already in the professional world or older than the typical orthodontic patient. Orthodontic labs such as ClearCorrect can quickly 3D print the models of the teeth on one of their fleet of Objet Eden500V 3D Printers; these models are then shipped to their customers (orthodontists) with the series of aligners tailored to each patient. They can also take advantage of our new VeroGlaze (MED620) material which provides excellent color-matching for dental molds and models.”

Although 3D printing and other 3D technologies are helping to solve problems unique to the orthodontics industry, other solutions are shared across many kinds of manufacturing. 3D printing is answering the call to offer case-by-case, individualized models in a fast and cost-effective way. Are you ready to sink your teeth into “next generation” orthodontics?

To speak to a digital dentistry consultant, click here.