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  • Tempus 3D | Transforming Orthotics and Prosthetics with Industrial 3D Printing

    Transforming Prosthetics and Orthotics Production with Digital Manufacturing and Industrial 3D Printing Customization and ease of manufacturing are major factors in manufacturing healthcare devices and accessories, particularly when formed and fitted to the human body as with orthotics and prosthetics. Recent advancements digital manufacturing have revolutionized the industry, making the design and manufacturing of customized devices quicker, easier, more affordable and more flexible than previously possible. Revolutionized manufacturing processes Traditional manufacturing methods require multiple steps and significant time to make. For each piece the designer must cast the affected body part, make and adjust a mold, produce the item, and go through the fitting and adjustment process. If there is a major flaw or adjustment required in the design, the whole process must be repeated. With digital manufacturing, the process is much more streamlined and precise, with less wasted time and materials. The practitioner can precisely measure the affected part with a 3D scanner, then upload the file to industry-specific CAD software to design and adjust the model. The adjusted model is then sent to a 3D printer for final manufacturing. With more advanced 3D printers, like HP Multi Jet Fusion, multiple devices can be produced at once, and design revisions or replacements can be completed quickly and easily. Benefits of digital manufacturing of orthotics and prosthetics In addition to creating a more efficient workflow, the adoption of digital manufacturing of medical devices is driving innovation in design, and resulting in better fit and functionality for the end-user. Some of the key benefits of digital manufacturing of orthotics and prosthetics include: ​ Customization : By varying the thickness of the material, the stiffness and strength can be controlled across multiple dimensions of the final device. This enables designers to create much lighter devices with greater stiffness where support is required and greater flexibility in areas for improved comfort. ​ ​ Advanced structures : design features such as lattices and meshes can improve the performance of the part by increasing stiffness, reducing weight, and enhancing breathability. The design freedom inherent in 3D printing allows greater innovation than previously possible. ​ ​ Part consolidation : with the design freedom of 3D printing, parts can be integrated and printed in one piece with interlocking components and consolidated complex shapes. This can reduce weight and decrease assembly time. ​ ​ Branding and personalization : with digital design products can be personalized with a logo, business name, production number or customer ID. ​​ Leveraging industrial 3D printing technology With advancements in 3D printing technology, manufacturers can experiment with new methods of production with more freedom and creativity, and provide a higher-quality and more user-friendly end product. Among 3D printing options, HP Multi Jet Fusion technology is a popular choice among clinicians and manufacturers with it’s customization possibilities, fast production, affordable materials, minimal waste, and a high-quality product for the patient. The benefits include: ​ Comfort and flexibility : The high-quality materials and design freedom available with technology like Multi Jet Fusion allows manufacturers to improve comfort by reducing weight and thickness where material is not needed, with a minimum thickness of 1 mm. ​ ​ Repeatable, quality parts : industrial 3D printing technology, such as HP Multi Jet Fusion, can produce medical devices with a high level of dimensional accuracy, and isotropic strength and density across the x,y, and z axes. ​ ​ Optimized productivity and less waste : compared with traditional manufacturing methods, industrial 3D printers can reduce manual labor by as much as 6 times. HP Multi Jet Fusion technology also consumes minimal raw materials in it’s manufacturing process, which can reduce waste up to 20 times versus subtractive manufacturing (such as CNCmachining). ​ ​ Rapid production : The ability to manufacture parts within a day and low material cost with HP Multi Jet Fusion means that clinicians can revise, print, and test design variations quickly and easily. This is important in applications such as custom footbeds where factors such as proper alignment, gait and comfort can make a significant difference to the comfort and effectiveness of the end product. ​ ​ Digital manufacturing of custom orthotics and prosthetics in real life To learn more about the opportunities and benefits of producing orthotics and prosthetics with digital manufacturing and HP Multi Jet Fusion technology, take a moment to explore the case studies and white papers below. ​ Whether you are exploring the benefits of digital manufacturing for medical devices or looking for a reliable local manufacturer to produce high-quality, affordable devices for you, the team at Tempus 3D is available to help. With state-of-the art HP Multi Jet Fusion technology, online ordering and a certified team of professionals, Tempus will work with you to ensure you get the best value possible. Contact us to learn more. ​ ​ Information and Photos courtesy of HP Learn More about Prosthetics and Orthotics Production with Digital Manufacturing Transforming prosthetics and orthotics production with digital manufacturing White Paper Manufacturing orthotic insoles with industrial 3D printing White Paper ActivArmor fashions customized orthotic devices with HP 3D Printing Case Study Explore more case studies and articles Looking for a local manufacturer for your medical supplies? Tempus 3D is an Additive Manufacturing Service Bureau serving Western Canada with quick overnight delivery and competitive pricing. We use state-of-the-art HP MJF 5200 technology that allows for mass customization and production scale 3D printing. If you have a project you would like to talk to us about you can reach us at info@tempus3d.com , or give us a call at 250-456-5268. Contact Us

  • Tempus 3D | Plastic 3D Printing Service

    Custom Plastic 3D Printing Service 3D print custom plastic parts with excellent material properties with a high level of precision and durability. Start A New 3D Printing Quote Guaranteed consistently high-quality 3D printed prototypes and production parts Get a Quote All uploads are secure and confidential. Tempus 3D offers a selection high-performance plastics for functional prototyping and end-use parts . Our technology of choice is the HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer because of it's ability to produce parts with fine detail and excellent material properties, with a production speed up to 10x faster than comparable technologies. As HP Certified Production Professionals , Tempus 3D can provide consistently high-quality parts, guarantee d. 3D Printed Plastic Nylon PA12 HP Multi Jet Fusion Strong, detailed, low-cost quality parts ​ Produce strong, functional, detailed complex parts. Ideal for a wide range of applications from industrial parts to durable consumer goods. This is our top seller for affordability and balance of all-round material properties. Learn More Nylon PA12 Glass Bead HP Multi Jet Fusion Stiff, dimensionally stable, quality parts ​ Filled with 40% glass microparticles to give stiffness and stability while maintaining the excellent material qualities of HP Nylon PA12. Ideal for stiff, functional parts like enclosures and housings, fixtures and tools. Learn More BASF TPU HP Multi Jet Fusion Flexible, durable, rubber-like parts ​ An excellent choice for parts requiring high shock absorbtion, elasticity, and energy return. It has many applications including car interior comp onents, industrial tools, pipes, grippers, orthopedics and sports protection equipment. Learn More Nylon PA11 HP Multi Jet Fusion Strong, ductile, functional parts ​ Strong and flexible quality parts. Excellent chemical resistance and enhanced elongation-at-break. Ideal for a wide range of applications including prostheses, sports goods, snap fits, living hinges, and more. Learn More Polypropylene HP Multi Jet Fusion Chemical and moisture resistance ​ High elasticity, low moisture absorbtion, and high elongation at break. An excellent choice for anything that needs to be light, water-tight, and durable. Excellent for piping, fluid systems, and watertight containers. Learn More Nylon PA12 White HP Multi Jet Fusion Engineering-grade white nylon parts ​ HP Nylon PA12 White is an engineering-grade plastic which has very similar material properties to the original HP Nylon PA12. The white color makes it easier to dye or paint the pieces in light, bright colors. Learn More Nylon PA12 Full Color HP Multi Jet Fusion Strong, functional, full-color parts ​ Produce engineering-grade parts that combine excellent material properties of Nylon PA12 with full CMYK color. Commonly used for presentation models, consumer goods, jigs, fixtures, and medical devices. Learn More Material Selection Guide Not sure which material is the best fit for your project? Use our materials selection guide to compare the properties and best uses of each. Learn More Finishes 3D printed plastic parts can be used straight out of the printer, or undergo additional treatment to enhance the look, feel, or functionality of the part. Tempus 3D's industry-standard finishes are certified for use with 3D printed plastics, and are expertly applied either in-house or by certified industry specialists. Learn More Explore 3D Scanning Resources Technology HP Certification Join the Manufacturing Revolution with Tempus 3D Upload your CAD file for an online quote and start manufacturing today Get a quote

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  • 3D Printing in Medicine: Revolutionizing the Medical Sector

    From prosthetic limbs to personalized implants, 3D printing technology is rapidly transforming the medical field. This innovative process offers a unique opportunity to create customized solutions for patients, pushing the boundaries of traditional healthcare practices. The Impact of 3D Printing in Medicine 3D printing allows for the creation of patient-specific models of organs, bones, and other anatomical structures. These models are invaluable for surgeons, enabling them to: Plan complex surgeries with greater precision. By studying a 3D-printed replica of a patient's organ, surgeons can identify potential problems and refine their surgical approach, leading to better outcomes and reduced complications. Practice and rehearse procedures beforehand. Surgeons can use 3D-printed models to practice complex surgeries beforehand, improving their skills and confidence, ultimately leading to shorter surgery times and improved patient experiences. Educate patients and their families. 3D-printed models can be used to show patients and their families what to expect during a surgery, leading to better understanding and informed decisions. Beyond Surgical Planning 3D printing is also being used to create a range of innovative medical devices and implants, including: Prosthetics: 3D-printed prosthetics are now available for patients of all ages, offering a more comfortable and functional solution than traditional prosthetics. Implants: 3D printing allows for the creation of custom-made implants, such as hip and knee replacements, which can be perfectly matched to a patient's individual anatomy. Medical devices: 3D-printed medical devices, such as splints and casts, can be quickly and easily created at the point of care, providing patients with customized solutions without the need for long waiting lists. The Future of 3D Printing in Medicine The potential of 3D printing in medicine is vast. Researchers are currently exploring the use of 3D printing for: Bioprinting organs and tissues for transplantation: This technology could revolutionize organ transplantation, addressing the critical shortage of donor organs. Creating personalized drug delivery systems: 3D-printed drugs could be designed to release medication at specific times and dosages, improving the efficacy of treatment. Developing new medical devices and surgical techniques: 3D printing will continue to drive innovation in the medical field, leading to new and improved ways to diagnose and treat diseases. As 3D printing technology continues to evolve, its impact on the medical sector is sure to become even more profound. This transformative technology has the potential to improve patient outcomes, reduce costs, and ultimately make healthcare more accessible and personalized.

  • Unlocking Innovation: The Advantages of Metal 3D Printing

    Introduction In recent years, the world of manufacturing has witnessed a revolutionary transformation with the advent of metal 3D printing technology. Also known as additive manufacturing, metal 3D printing is a cutting-edge technique that builds three-dimensional objects layer by layer using metal powder. This technology has brought about a paradigm shift in the manufacturing landscape, offering a myriad of advantages that are reshaping industries and fostering innovation. Complex Geometries Made Possible Traditional manufacturing methods often struggle with the production of intricate and complex designs. Metal 3D printing, however, excels in creating components with intricate geometries that were once deemed impossible. This capability enables engineers and designers to push the boundaries of what can be achieved, leading to more efficient and optimized structures in industries such as aerospace, healthcare, and automotive. Material Efficiency and Waste Reduction One of the key advantages of metal 3D printing lies in its ability to utilize materials with high precision, minimizing waste. Traditional subtractive manufacturing methods often result in significant material loss as parts are machined from larger blocks. Metal 3D printing builds objects layer by layer, only using the material required for the final product. This not only reduces material costs but also contributes to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly manufacturing process. Rapid Prototyping and Time-to-Market Acceleration The speed at which metal 3D printing can produce prototypes is a game-changer for product development cycles. Design iterations that would traditionally take weeks or months can now be accomplished in a fraction of the time. This accelerated prototyping process allows companies to bring products to market faster, giving them a competitive edge in today's dynamic business environment. Customization and Personalization Metal 3D printing enables the production of highly customized and personalized components. Whether it's a unique medical implant tailored to an individual's anatomy or specialized aerospace parts, this technology empowers manufacturers to create products that meet specific requirements. The ability to tailor designs on a case-by-case basis opens up new possibilities in fields like healthcare, where patient-specific solutions are increasingly in demand. Weight Reduction and Enhanced Performance In industries where weight is a critical factor, such as aerospace and automotive, metal 3D printing offers a unique advantage. The technology allows for the creation of lightweight structures with optimized geometries, maintaining structural integrity while reducing overall weight. This not only improves fuel efficiency but also enhances the overall performance and durability of the final product. Cost-Effective Low-Volume Production While traditional manufacturing processes may struggle with cost-effectiveness in low-volume production runs, metal 3D printing excels in this area. The flexibility of additive manufacturing allows for efficient production of small batches without the need for expensive tooling and molds. This is particularly beneficial for niche markets, prototypes, and custom components where economies of scale are not a primary concern. Conclusion Metal 3D printing has emerged as a transformative force in the manufacturing industry, unlocking new possibilities and pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved. From complex geometries to sustainable practices, the advantages of metal 3D printing are reshaping the way products are designed, prototyped, and manufactured. As the technology continues to evolve, it holds the promise of further innovations, propelling industries into a future defined by efficiency, customization, and unparalleled design freedom. Explore the Posssibilities of Metal 3D Printing with Tempus 3D Additive Manufacturing If you are interested in trying industrial 3D printing for prototyping or production of end-use products, Tempus 3D offers cost-effective industrial 3D printing solutions for the Canadian market. Tempus clients are able to establish a direct-to-manufacturer link, allowing personalized service and the opportunity to create custom contracts suited to your manufacturing needs. Learn more about Tempus 3D at www.tempus3d.com, or contact us to discuss how we can help you meet your production goals.

  • How HP 3D Printing Technology Helped Biotec Make Products Better, Faster, and More Affordably

    Biotec is an Italian company that develops and manufactures equipment for the medical and aesthetics industries. Biotec was looking for way to improve the quality of manufactured parts while reducing the time of production and overall cost. Traditionally, Biotech used injection molding, but they started investigating alternative production options including 3D printing with HP Multi Jet Fusion technology. Biotec completed a head-to-head comparison of HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing with injection molding and measured the results. The part they tested was the handpiece shell of a Biotec product called Lipo-Ice. The results of the test were impressive: the surface and material quality of the end part were nearly identical the cost of production was reduced by 50+% the overall productivity in the part manufacturing process was improved. As a result of the study, Biotec invested in HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology, and now use it for prototyping and manufacturing for many of their devices. “Our HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200 Printing Solution has allowed us to significantly reduce the production time of our parts ... We can now make them in 24 to 48 hours, instead of taking an entire week. The cost has also been reduced by about 66%, without any compromise in quality. 3D printing is now fully integrated into our production cycle.” (Matteo Pretto, Biotec) The HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology provides a competitive advantage for Biotec, allowing them to produce higher quality parts more quickly and affordably than with their previous manufacturing processes. Learn more about prototyping and manufacturing end-use parts with an HP-Certified Manufacturing partner at https://www.tempus3d.com/hp-multi-jet-fusion The information and images provided in this article are courtesy of HP. A link to the full article is provided below.

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