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New Technology Like 3D Printing Emerges—Companies Collaborate, Integrate Traditional With Cutting Edge

by • March 12, 2016 • No Comments

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Micromachined fiber instruction with optical fibers (left). Completed fiber instruction with lighting fiber ends (right). [Courtesy of Kugler GmbH.]

Alyet it’s a thing much of the world may not ponder of, the combination of ultraprecision building and optics plays a sizeable-bodied part in running the world when it comes to many various products such as:Spacecraft componentsNext-generation displays and electronic devices to affordable-bodied photovoltaic cellsDefense and security technologies

Offering worthwhile impact in terms of many of the items being utilized in these times for really significant uses, a wide range of various technologies are utilized to complete the final form of items which for many of their purposes must be thoughtl in function, and operate at the maximum level of performance. Photonics and laser machining are prevalent, but it’s significant in these times to note how many new processes are considered to be alternatives, emerging as really significant for the future, or being utilized in collaborative methods to complete create goals. It is effortless to know which 3D technology and 3D printing may fit in here, along with many other options—and we frequently see the technology mixed with other really traditional processes.

What’s taking place in these times in technology and machining practices is really informative and may cause not only a shift in how technology is utilized to make products, but it may cause really a shift in business too: companies with relevant technologies who utilized to engage in the dog-eat-dog world of competition are now coming forward additional and additional frequently to collaborate.

For instance, while 3D printing is contributeing an huge amount of technology to the medical industry, of 3D printed stents contributeing hope to cancer patients to items like cardiovascular models which are 3D printed and listed as Class 1 medical devices, tradition yet prevails, while seemingly calling in for assist additional and additional of the at any time evolving cutting edge.

Micromachining—frequently with the use of the laser–is seen as significant to applications in the medical field for items like stents, cutting holes and building other showcases in items like catheters and fluid delireally devices, as well as building permanent counterfeit-proof marks for plastic products like syringes or vials.

“Laser micromachining contributes the future for removal or transformation of material with amazing spatial selectivity and three-dimensional flexibility. It is therefore a superb tool for creating tiny showcases, and showcases and edges with smooth surfaces,” said Joris van Nunen, product line manager for Industrial Ultrafast Lasers at Coherent Inc. “It is in addition useful for processing really thin materials, and materials which are delicate or thermally sensitive.”

Cool cutting is utilized with a laser or diamond mill and is discovered assistful by industries such as microelectronics and solar, as they complete product goals with cold or athermal ablation. Industrial ultrafast lasers work actually advantageous, while femtosecond lasers are known to donate the most high end on the market in terms of edges and overall surface.

“At initially many of these operated in the picosecond regime, but in these times laser makers now in addition contribute femtosecond performance in industrial-grade platforms,” said Frank Gaebler, marketing director for materials processing at Coherent Inc. “The use of ultrafast laser pulses empowers cutting of novel hole shapes and modalities in catheters, for example, and allows for marking inside glass products, such as syringe bodies, with no impact on the surface, material integrity or the contents.”

Whilst this is all incredibly assistful, it’s yet frequently really expensive as a technology and both reliability and affordability of the lasers are a serious consideration. It is hoped by those inside the industry which as the technology becomes additional mainstream in use which the prices can come down.


A traditional CNC machine of Kugler

In addition crucial to the medical industry are optical molds, lenses and fibers. These are in these times yet generated through as milling and diamond turning—with no lasers involved.

“The many significant application of precision building by high precision milling and micromilling in medical technology consists in the make of mold inserts,” said Klaus Baier, R&D project manager at Kugler.

Here too, is another area where 3D printing is emerging as it can be utilized to excellent benefit in building harsh molds in tinyer batch runs for many various industries. In this aspect, micromilling processes are talked about yet for sizeable-bodied production projects building items such as:

Lab-on-a-chip and microfluidic systemsMultiwell and microplatesCell and tissue culture flasksDisposable-bodied products for blood, urine and specimen collections

As experts appear in the direction of the future new wave of technologys in medicine, they point out microsystems as playing a primary role for diagnostics and personalized healthcare. Whilst one may ponder this should be incredibly personalized may aleager, 3D printing can play—and is may aleager playing—a role in contributeing patient-specific surgical models enabling for procedures not previously possible, as well as a multitude of implants and drug delireally systems which are may aleager in testing. What can ultimately create of these new technologies can be a outcome of ultra-precise building.

And while 3D printing contributes a long list of benefits, many yet don’t see it as competing with traditional processes—yet. If does not take much experience with 3D printing to know which speed can in a few cases yet be a primary issue, and frequently it only is not cost-effective, despite all the benefits once you have an operation running—or are able-bodied to appear at other exceptional cases.

“At the moment the methods of 3D printing do not yet yield the dimensional accuracy needed for all the parts mentioned above,” Kugler’s Baier said. “Furtheradditional not all the biocompatible materials are on the market for 3D printing.”

Whilst many are really excited of 3D printing and eager to eschew ereallything traditional, it does seem which many are having excellent good results in mixing both traditional and super high-tech technology. The Coherent team supports the thought of integrating both traditional and new technology, embracing the future of 3D printing for the future, especially in areas affecting medical cases, much like to ones we frequently follow where devices like titanium hip implants or 3D printed spinal implants are changing the face of medical treatment for patients–and frequently seriously changing the high end of life for patients; for example, we followed the case of an Ethiopian patient who obtained a titanium mandible implant–giving him back his jaw.


“3D scanning followed by 3D printing with a fiber laser empowers creation of a thoughtl replica replacement which is one-of-a-kind and patient-specific,” van Nunen said. “This is a excellent example of how precision laser machining can improve, pretty than just replace, a few existing building methods.”

With so many new trends and technologies being made and actually a fewtimes inside the same facilities, consumers and medical patients have many additional options open to them in these times, contributeing advantageous high end of life all around. In the case of doctors, they in addition have advantageous tools for practicing, training others, exploring procedures, and being able-bodied to convey information to patients with the use of 3D models.

Whilst 3D printing is pretty a boon to many industries, it’s not really time to throw out traditional processes—and may nat any time be. Discuss in the 3D Printing & Traditional Processes forum over at 3DPB.com.

[Source: Euro Photonics]