HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Engineering Materials
Slideshow: Design & 3D Print Custom Metal Implants
12/9/2013

< Previous   Image 2 of 5      Next >

This tibial implant designed and built with the Within Medical software and service displays multiple textures that are difficult and time consuming to create using standard medical manufacturing techniques.   (Source: Within Technologies)
This tibial implant designed and built with the Within Medical software and service displays multiple textures that are difficult and time consuming to create using standard medical manufacturing techniques.
(Source: Within Technologies)

< Previous   Image 2 of 5      Next >

Return to Article

View Comments: Threaded|Newest First|Oldest First
Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Will we see more of this?
Ann R. Thryft   12/9/2013 4:00:31 PM
NO RATINGS
I think what most attracted me to this story was how this service solves a problem we've often discussed on the DN site, at least for those designing metal medical implants: the high-end metal printers such as EOS' cost several hundred thousand dollars and are therefore out of reach for independent engineers and small design firms. That's aside from the superior software  built especially for this vertical application. So I wonder if this type of partnership among software vendors, 3D printer makers, and highly specialized contract manufacturers will happen some more, in other application areas. acted me to this story was how this service solves a problem we've often discussed on the DN site, at least for those designing metal medical implants: the high-end metal printers such as EOS' cost several hundred thousand dollars and are therefore out of reach for independent engineers and small design firms. That's aside from the superior software  built especially for this vertical application. So I wonder if this type of partnership among software vendors, 3D printer makers, and highly specialized contract manufacturers will happen some more, in other application areas.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Will we see more of this?
Elizabeth M   12/11/2013 5:29:28 AM
NO RATINGS
This is really cool, Ann, and you're right, it makes this incredible technology more accessible even to the smaller guys. Some of the work being done to 3D print implants and other types of medical devices is one of the most interesting areas of design and development, and shows real promise to help people who otherwise might not be able to afford this type of implant or even prosthetic. It's great to see this kind of software available.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Will we see more of this?
Ann R. Thryft   12/11/2013 12:02:14 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks, Liz. Not having to buy a machine that costs $100K and up definitely makes this technology accessible. The software is also one of the major differences, but so is the partnership with the contract manufacturers that allows users to use the printer without charge.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Will we see more of this?
Elizabeth M   12/12/2013 11:21:13 AM
NO RATINGS
Yes, I guess I failed to mention that other key point to this story. It's really great that there are opportunities like this beginning to emerge to promote 3D printing for the masses.

LarryPage
User Rank
Iron
Re: Will we see more of this?
LarryPage   7/25/2014 12:08:27 AM
NO RATINGS
This is really hard to believe. They can even print metals nowadays. 

a.saji
User Rank
Silver
Re: Will we see more of this?
a.saji   7/25/2014 6:40:31 AM
NO RATINGS
@LarryPage: Well in the future we might be able to print houses too. 

Greg M. Jung
User Rank
Platinum
Custom Designs
Greg M. Jung   12/25/2013 9:12:22 PM
NO RATINGS
A design service should be a big win for everyone.  In addition to avoiding the large, upfront equipment investments, smaller firms will also have immediate access to skilled technicians and advanced 3D printing design techniques (so they don't have to spend a lot of time going up the learning curve).  I'm thinking that some unique expertise is needed to create these customized porous structures and a design service could certainly offer immediate help and advice on how to do this.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Custom Designs
Ann R. Thryft   1/2/2014 12:46:37 PM
NO RATINGS
You're right about the expertise, Greg--this service is definitely for medical pros.

Partner Zone
More Blogs from Engineering Materials
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
GE Aviation not only plans to use 3D printing to mass-produce metal parts for its LEAP jet engine, but it's also developing a separate technology for 3D-printing metal parts used in its other engines.
The demand for solar energy around the world will grow a total of 75% by 2019, according to a new report by Lux Research. Trade disputes and policy changes, though, will complicate the picture.
Bayer MaterialScience is using CO2 to produce a precursor for high-quality polyurethane foam at its pilot plant in Leverkusen. The transition to full-scale manufacturing is expected in 2016.
Plastic bags can become useful as either raw materials for plastics or feedstock for fuel. It's when they're not recycled that they become a major problem. That's what California's bag ban will prevent.
Design News Webinar Series
9/10/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/23/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/17/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Sep 22 - 26, MCU Software Development A Step-by-Step Guide (Using a Real Eval Board)
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: September 30 - October 2
Sponsored by Altera
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service