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HP Launched 3D Printing Solutions in India

HP Inc. announced the launch of its 3D printing machine in India on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

The company partnered with Imaginarium Mumbai-based and Adroitec, its Noida-based firm to resell its 3D printing solution in India. HP launched this product in India, one and half years after launching it globally elsewhere.

The new Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printing solution delivers physical parts of up to 10 times faster than conventional printers and is available at half the cost of the current 3D printing systems. HP claims that this system can create complex parts to be used in industrial machines as well as customized in-soles and dentures for the medical sector.

“We believe that digital transformation of manufacturing will be a key enabler of the next Industrial Revolution. 3D Printing will contribute to democratizing manufacturing and transforming industries, including the $6 trillion Asia-Pacific and Japan manufacturing segment. India is a strategic hub for this significant shift and we are excited to bring the cutting-edge Multi Jet Fusion technology to Indian customers across a variety of vertical markets,” said Sumeer Chandra, Managing Director, HP Inc. India.

The company has around 65 resellers globally, while it is more involved in partnerships in India.

Alexandre Lalumiere, Director, Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) 3D Printing, HP Inc said, “The current 3D printing market is relatively small but if we compare it to the full potential of the $12 trillion manufacturing sector, the potential is huge and we believe that technology is at the tipping point right now.” HP revealed that it is focusing on targeting the defense, education, healthcare, and aerospace sectors.

Local health-care officials seeking solutions through 3D printing

The old-fashioned concept of putting those with a problem together with those with the tech skills to potentially solve it is the basis of the new competition Printing for Healthcare.

Andre Khayat, a mechanical engineering student at the University of Windsor, is shown at Print for Healthcare on Oct. 20, 2017 at the Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare’s Tayfour Campus. Dan Janisse / Windsor Star

The old-fashioned concept of putting those with a problem together with those with the tech skills to potentially solve it is the basis of the new competition Printing for Healthcare.

After listening to a series of speakers on how tech and innovation are being used in new ways, students were handed a series of challenges to solve using 3D printing from local health-care organizations.

“We’re a little bit behind other areas in using 3D printing in health care,” said Michelle Nevett, health and social innovation research associate at the EPICentre.

“The Windsor area has people who are greatly skilled to do these things. This is really a test pilot project.”

Nevett added the idea, if the competition proves successful, is to expand the concept of paring industry leaders and their needs with the tech community.

“They have challenges that perhaps can be solved by people with the right tech skills,” said Nevett, who confirmed 60 students had registered for the competition so far.

“It’s getting us out of our silos and bringing people together.”

Michelle Nevett

The competition is a collaboration between the University of Windsor, St. Clair College and TechTown Detroit.

There are at least two teams already registered from the Detroit area and Nevett expects there’ll be more once the program is presented across the river.

Teams or individuals can register for the competition on the EPICentre website until Nov. 6.

The groups of mostly college and university students will work in teams to produce a product or solution addressing an issue for the Jan. 11 showcase at the EPICentre.

There their work will be judged and three prizes will be awarded. The prizes are a mix of cash, mentorship, incubator space and connections to area health-care officials on both sides of the border.

“Connections is what the students really told us they wanted,” Nevett said.

University of Windsor engineering students Besim Kalajdzc and Andre Khayat believe the concept can a be game changer.

“It’s immensely valuable developing relationships with people you’re not normally exposed to,” said Khayat, who is working on his master’s degree in mechanical engineering.

“It’s encouraging mingling with people of different disciplines.”

Besim Kalajdzic

Khayat said he’s long been leaning toward the bio-medical side of engineering, which makes the competition a perfect venue for him.

He’s working on developing a product to train nurses on chest drainage.

“It must be nerve-wracking sticking a needle in someone’s chest,” Khayat said. “We’re trying to use 3D printing to develop something for nurses and residents to train on doing the procedure.

Kalajdzc, who is working on his master’s in industrial engineering, has found himself migrating toward bio-med as well.

“3D printing is an emerging technology,” he said.“This gives us an extra opportunity to work to commercialize our project. There’s a tremendous opportunity to innovative with 3D printing in health care.”

Anna Modestino, an occupational therapist for the John McGivney Children’s Centre, focused her requests on assistive devices for her clients.

Two of her requests were for equipment to augment clients’ communicative devices and for something to help young children sit up better during feeding.

“We’re looking for anything that makes our clients more independent and their lives easier for themselves, caregivers and families,” Modestino said. “I think there’s great potential here. It’s hard to get customized equipment and it’s costly. This could be financially less expensive.”

Modestino said the event will also help the students think about different products form different perspectives.

“This is an opportunity to expand young minds to things they may never have thought about,” Modestino said. “It could be something they can easily design in a short period.”

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Prodways Group targets sportswear shoe manufacturing with 3D printing solutions portfolio

Prodways Group, a French industrial 3D printing company, has announced the commercial development of a portfolio which addresses several areas of footwear manufacturing.

The portfolio consists of a new elastomeric material, a fully integrated solution for the printing of insoles, and the company’s MOVINGLight technology for the printing of composite outsole moulds. Prodways says it has sought to deliver these solutions as sport shoe manufacturers continue to seek for ways to accelerate product launches and provide performance enhancing benefits to their customers.

Since developing the elastomeric thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) material, Prodways has received interest from global sportswear brand, Nike. The material, which Prodways believes separates itself from the rest due to its superior elongation at break capacity of over 300%, is set to enable manufacturers to make significant changes to their shoe-making processes. Prodways outlines the material’s ability to enable extremely flexible mid-soles with high fatigue resistance to be 3D printed, saving time and removing the cost of tooling in the process. This material will also allow companies to print lattice structures in a higher precision, and lighter weight, than can be reached with traditional manufacturing processes. For Nike, the material has so far been leveraged to advance its prototyping efforts.

“Prodways’ TPU material has been an excellent addition to our Rapid Prototyping operations,” said Harleigh Doremus, Nike Rapid Prototyping. “The ease-of-processing of the TPU material has allowed us to consistently produce high quality flexible parts and is a key component in increasing the ‘speed-to-market’ of new Nike products.”

Shoe manufacturers have long been restricted by the inability of traditional moulding techniques to adjust properties across the midsole. Prodways’ TPU shore hardness can be varied depending on energy input, allowing variable density for each area of the midsole, providing improved performance, and addressing the needs and wants of each particular athlete.

Additionally, Prodways believes its offering of premium laser sintering 3D printers supplements the capabilities of the TPU material, and takes the additive manufacturing of sportswear midsoles to industrial level-standard. Meanwhile, Prodways is using its MOVINGLight additive manufacturing technology to print resistant composite moulds to inject or compress a series of final outsoles with designs tailored to the user and complex structures which can help to improve performance. Prodways say MOVINGLight’s combination of high resolution and productivity allows to print production-ready moulds within hours.

Also on Prodways’ agenda through its portfolio is the mass production of bespoke insoles. ScientiFeet was commercially launched in Januray 2017, and offers podiatrists a fully integrated system, from the scan impression of a foot to the printing of the end product. The insoles are then delivered to the practitioner’s office before being supplied to the patients. More than 5,000 pairs of ScientiFeet insoles have already been printed.

“Being able to 3D print customised soles for specific pain relief is a game-changer for orthopaedic applications,” said Cyrille Pailleret, General Manager at ScientiFeet. “3D printed insoles are lighter and deliver higher precision to offer a tailor-made treatment to each patient.”