New UV-Curable Engineered Resins for 3D Printing

The rapid growth of 3D printing has challenged manufacturers to find materials that enable the advanced properties needed to support new performance demands. To help additive manufactures move beyond this challenge, Arkema offers market-leading solutions in photocurable resins and high-performance thermoplastic polymers for the 3D printing market.

Led by its flagship brands including N3xtDimension® liquid resins, Rilsan® biosourced polyamide 11, and ultra-high performance Kepstan® PEKK polymer, Arkema’s product offering spans all major 3D manufacturing technologies (UV curing, powder bed fusion, filament extrusion) in partnership with all of the market’s major equipment manufacturers. Seventy-five percent of Arkema’s active product development is with its partners.

      1. Liquid Resins for UV-Curing
      2. Sartomer, a business unit of Arkema, has developed the N3xtDimension® line of UV-curable 3D printing resins. These specialty liquid resins for 3D printing processes help additive manufacturers yield thermoplastic-like mechanical properties materials, ultra-high resolution, wavelength independency and enhanced processability. They also fulfil performance and regulatory requirements for a wide range of industrial uses in medical, dental, electronics and sporting goods applications. N3xtDimension® resins are ideal for multi-jet printing (MJP), stereolithography (SLA), digital light processing (DLP) and binder jetting (BJ) 3D printing technologies.

N3xtDimension® engineered liquid resins for UV curing enable a dedicated performance like impact resistance, flexibility, elastomeric recovery, water solubility, castability or prototyping; together with overall improved properties.

Sartomer Europe will introduce three new N3xtDimension® engineered liquid resins at the upcoming Formnext Show in Frankfurt, Germany:

  • N3D I-2105 Impact resin imparts excellent impact resistance to 3D-printed materials. It enables the manufacturing of functional parts such as snap-fit buckles.
  • N3D F-2115 Flexible resin achieves different flexibilities depending on the post treatment applied. Its elongation at break and modulus are fine-tunable to reach the desired set of properties such as elongation, tear resistance and Shore A hardness.
  • N3D P-2125 Prototyping resin exhibits a homogeneous network, enabling an excellent processability and limited evolution of mechanical properties after post-curing.

N3xtDimension® custom liquid resin systems

3D printing wax jewelry engagement ring 3d model on a white isolated background with shadow

The N3xtDimension® line also includes custom liquid resin systems developed from a novel selection of oligomer and monomer resins to address key market needs for end-use applications. These tailor-made solutions for UV-curable additive manufacturing enable freedom of design and customized properties such as impact resistance, resolution, flexibility, processability, toughness and clarity.

3D Printing Center of Excellence

As part of its commitment to 3D printing innovation, Arkema recently opened its 3D Printing Center of Excellence at the Sartomer Americas headquarters in Exton, Pennsylvania (USA). The center is an advanced R&D lab where Sartomer and its partners develop cutting-edge 3D printing resins through advanced materials research and collaboration. This center is part of Arkema’s worldwide R&D network dedicated to the development of advanced materials for additive manufacturing, including research centers in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania (USA) for filament extrusion technologies and Serquigny (France) for powder sintering technologies. In addition, Arkema has announced new production capacities for PEKK resins in the United States in 2018, photocure resins in China in 2019, and polyamide 11 biosourced resins in Asia in 2021.

Conclusion

Success in additive manufacturing applications requires new material development and close partnerships. Customized, engineered resins and chemist-to-chemist support give additive manufacturers the technological and market edge they need to be at the forefront of 3D printing innovation.  Arkema will showcase its material offerings at Formnext 2018 in hall 3.1, booth H58.  Arkema experts will be available to discuss how materials offerings can be customized to specific applications.

Sumeet Jain, Global Director for 3D Printing Business, Sartomer

LaserProFusion: EOS Introduces Million Laser Printer

With Formnext 2018 coming up next week, companies are making their latest technologies known. In keeping with this, EOS has just showed their hand with their newest LaserProFusion system and much more. The one million diode laser system can print at 10 times the rate of existing systems. The company states that the laser printing system […]

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Modular Snap-Together Box #3DThursday #3DPrinting

CCryder shares:

I wanted a box that would snap together and where every side would be a separate easy-to-print piece (no support structure). Since all the pieces (except for the handle) are printed in a horizontal orientation, this will allow me to have intricate designs on the sides and top without worrying about support structure. This box is held together by the latches on the top and bottom and not by friction. This particular box is a cube that is 100mm on a side.

download the files on: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3103914


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Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

Self Balancing Indoor Drone Racing Flags #3DThursday #3DPrinting

3drebeldesign shares:

These self balancing flags are really simple and very effective. Each flag makes use of one of the many dead AA batteries we all accumulate. You can pick from one of our own flag designs which include shameless self promotion of our Tiny TIE FPV quadcopter https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3093801 or make one of your own. Flags easily absorb impact of micro quads and stand up straight from the counterweight of the battery.

download the files on: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3101953


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Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

Researchers Develop High-Viscosity Liquid Jetting 3D Printer

Micro-droplet jetting 3D printing typically uses low-viscosity material, but in a study entitled “Research and Development of a 3D Jet Printer for High-Viscosity Molten Liquids,” a group of researchers investigates using the technology for high-viscosity liquids. Micro-droplet jetting manufacture, or MDJM, is based on discrete deposition technology, which “sprays liquid through a 3D printing device, controls the trajectory of the droplet ejection via the motion platform, accurately sprays the droplet at a specified position, and gradually accumulates into a three-dimensional model.”

The technology is used in biomedical manufacturing, three-dimensional microstructure manufacturing, microelectronics, micro-spacecraft and more. In the paper, the researchers develop a jet 3D printer consisting of a piezoelectric stack, drive frame, lever, heat insulation, heat sink, heater, needle and nozzle. A device for ejecting high-viscosity fluid is designed by analyzing the injection principle of the fluid.

“Initially, the cooling mechanism is designed to overcome the defect that the piezoelectric stacks cannot operate in high-temperature conditions,” the researchers state. “Thereafter, the mathematical model of the liquid velocity in the nozzle is derived, and the factors influencing injection are verified by Fluent.”

The needle velocity of the 3D printer was tested by a laser micrometer, and the relationship between voltage difference and the needle velocity was also obtained.

“The experimental results matched the theoretical model well, showing that the voltage difference, needle radius, nozzle diameter, and taper angle are closely related to the injection performance of the 3D jet printer,” the researchers state. “By using a needle with a radius of 0.4 mm, a nozzle with a diameter of 50 μm, a taper angle of 90°, a supply pressure of 0.05 Mpa, and a voltage difference of 98 V, a molten liquid with a viscosity of 8000 cps can be ejected with a minimum average diameter of 275 μm, and the variation of the droplet diameter is within ±3.8%.”

Several experiments were run on the influencing factors of injection, such as the voltage difference, the needle radius, the nozzle diameter and the nozzle taper angle. The researchers came to the following conclusions:

  • The defect that the piezoelectric stacks cannot operate in high-temperature conditions can be solved by a specially designed cooling mechanism
  • The velocity of the needle is positively correlated with the voltage difference of the piezoelectric stacks
  • Through simulation analysis and experimental research, the ejection capacity of the jet printer is positively correlated with the velocity and the radius of the needle and negatively correlated with the diameter and taper angle of the nozzle
  • Through experimental comparison, by using a needle with a radius of 0.4 mm, a nozzle with a diameter of 50 μm, a taper angle of 90°, a supply pressure of 0.05 Mpa, and a voltage difference of 98 V, a molten liquid with a viscosity of 8000 cps can be sprayed with the minimum average droplet diameter of 275 μm, and the variation of the droplet diameter was within ±3.8%

For this study, the researchers used a type of polyurethane. In future studies, the researchers conclude, the focus should be on the effect of other high-viscosity molten liquids that have not been used for jetting in 3D printing before. This could potentially open up new applications for the technology.

Authors of the paper include Yang Yang, Shoudong Gu, Jianfang Liu, Hongyu Tian and Qingqing Lv.

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Hebrew University and Yissum Developing Novel Technology Platform for 3D Printing Personalized Medicine

Yissum, which is the Hebrew University of Jerusalem‘s technology transfer company and handles the patenting and commercialization of any inventions produced there, has had a hand in many unique 3D printing innovations, such as Nano Dimension’s conductive nano-inks and a process to generate hybrid machine elements. Last year, the company, which was founded in 1964 and has licensed over 900 technologies and registered over 10,000 patents covering 2,800 inventions, introduced a novel technology platform for 3D printing personalized food, and has now moved on to 3D printing personalized medicine.

The company, which is only the third of its kind, builds a bridge between academic research and its worldwide community of entrepreneurs, investors, and industry. It’s responsible for spinning more than 135 total companies. Yissum recently announced a novel technology platform for fabricating 3D printed drug capsules, and presented it today at the university’s 2nd annual 3D Printing and Beyond conference, which is sponsored by Yissum, the university, and the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Professor Shlomo Magdassi, head of the university’s 3D and Functional Printing Center and a member of the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and Institute of Chemistry, worked with Dr. Ofra Benny, a researcher at the university’s Institute for Drug Research, to develop the innovative drug 3D printing technology platform.

“Professor Magdassi and Dr. Benny’s research is an excellent example of the  kind of interdisciplinary transformational inventions that originate  from the Hebrew University,” said Dr. Yaron Daniely, CEO and President of Yissum. “This technology is bringing us closer to a future in which the medical field can offer personalized, patient-centered care.”

The technology is based on custom 3D printed hydrogels with delayed release characteristics, and allows for a complex design of drug delivery systems that is not currently available in the more traditional pharmaceutical manufacturing techniques.

Dr. Magdassi already has plenty of experience with 3D printed hydrogels and other unique 3D printable materials. 3D hydrogels are hydrophilic polymeric networks that are cross-linked by either chemical covalent bonds, physical interactions, or a combination. Because of these crosslinks between polymer chains and their hydrophilic nature, hydrogels can actually swell up to a hundred times, or even a thousand, of their dried mass without needing to be dissolved in water, and they are an ideal material for biomedical applications.

Yissum’s company mission is to take transformational technologies and innovations and convert them into commercial solutions that address the most urgent challenges in our world, in order to benefit society. I’d say this new 3D printing platform fits the bill – the approach makes it possible to 3D print customized medications out of hydrogel objects that can change shape, expand, and even activate on a delayed schedule.

The novel new 3D printing platform can not only achieve complex release profiles and structures of drugs, but it can also personalize prescription medicines, so doctors can more accurately tailor the dosage levels and exposure of medications for different patients. Thanks to 3D printing, medication may not have to be one-size-fits-all.

Professor Magdassi and Dr. Benny presented their work at the 3D Printing and Beyond conference today, which Professor Magdassi helps organize with Dr. Michael Layani. The conference brings together a range of researchers and industry leaders from around the world to discuss and learn more about the latest advances in defense-related technologies, electronics, and pharmaceuticals, in addition to 3D printed innovations like automotive parts and food.

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Roboze to Debut Xtreme 3D Printer Series and New High Performance 3D Printing Materials at formnext

Roboze, a leader in functional 3D printed prototypes produced in industrial materials like PEEK, CarbonPA, and ULTEM AM9085F, manufactures 3D printers that can handle high-performance, high temperature polymers, such as SABIC’s LEXAN EXL AMHI240F. Now, the company is getting extreme with FFF 3D printing, with an announcement about the new desktop production 3D printing series it will debut at next week’s formnext in Frankfurt.

“The new Xtreme solutions, is the result of intense work by the entire Roboze team, that has allowed us today to create a new line of systems capable of meeting the most extreme needs of our customers, offering greater versatility in the materials and accuracy of the prints as well as better performance,” said Alessio Lorusso, CEO & Founder of Roboze. “We have rewritten the history of 3D printing and the Formnext 2018 represents the best showcase to tell the story.”

The new Xtreme 3D printer series, made up of the Roboze One Xtreme and Roboze One + 400 Xtreme, will strengthen the company’s PEEK and CARBON PEEK solutions for FFF 3D printing, bringing users closer to true additive production.

Roboze has become a major manufacturing player thanks to its innovative technology, like the Beltless System that allows operators from around the world to 3D print both finished parts and prototypes with 25-micron mechanical tolerances, which all but guarantees repeatability and, as the company puts it, “immediate economic advantages.”

But this new Xtreme series launch is an even bigger deal for the company, as it sets up a point of contact between the production ARGO 500 3D printer and its desktop One and One + 400 systems.

Rocco Maggialetti, head of the mechanical design of Roboze, explained, “The strong collaboration between all the members of Roboze’s R & D team has allowed us to design this new system that improves the previous one, guaranteeing longer useful life of the machine.”

The newly designed covers for the Xtreme 3D printers are made of sheet metal, and designed to lower maintenance on the machines while also improving their robustness. In addition to providing a more elegant aesthetic, this new feature also makes the Roboze Xtreme series extremely quiet.

The Roboze One Xtreme and Roboze One + 400 Xtreme 3D printers were built by Roboze engineers who changed up the status quo in order to offer extremely versatile and accurate 3D printing solutions. The series feature a new, advanced sensor system, which includes an endstop aimed at leveling the semi-automatic plan, WiFi and USB connections, motor encoders for closed loop control that monitor the printing process, and optical endstop/touchless, which promises less maintenance because it decreases typical issues.

The Beltless System on this new 3D printer series has also evolved from the original, and features racks machined with chemical nickel plating. This lowers the contact friction between the rack and pinion for faster print speed, and also increases the resistance to wear and corrosion.

The Xtreme series also includes a Cabinet Support System (SSC), which is meant for unloading machine vibrations and controlling material temperatures, as well as storing coils so they’re not exposed to atmospheric agents. Just like with the ARGO 500 and the Roboze One + 400, these new 3D printers also house a Vacuum Box for vacuum generation, which provides greater first-layer flatness and print surface adhesion for faster 3D printing.

Roboze 3D printers are certainly impressive, thanks in large part to the versatility of materials they can handle. Many of these were developed specifically to add enhancements to parts with properties not dissimilar from metals. In addition to its Xtreme desktop production 3D printer series, Roboze is also introducing several new materials at formnext 2018.

Carbon PP is the first, and is good for use in automotive applications, because it promises the same high performance of PP (polypropylene), combined with the advantages of carbon fiber.

“Carbon PP’s carbon fiber provides a 25% resistance increase level compared to PP. The addition of specially selected carbon fibers improves the mechanical properties of the material and increases its HDT maintaining its properties even at a higher temperature than that of PEEK,” said Maria Luisa Geramo , PhD, Head of Applications – Roboze R&D Material Engineer.

According to Roboze, its new PP has excellent electrical insulating properties and high resistance against abrasion, chemical agents, and shock, and “represents the most commodities polymer primarily used in applications for objects of common use and automotive components,” while its new Glass PA – a polyamide loaded with glass spheres – is a good electrical insulator, and ensures high dimensional stability because it has lower moisture absorption and increased mechanical properties when compared to standard polyamide.

Carbon PEEK, which has excellent mechanical properties and thermal stability, is already used with the company’s ARGO 500 production 3D printer, and is the only new material that’s available for use solely on the Roboze One + 400 Xtreme.

Come see all of Roboze’s new 3D printing materials and solutions at next week’s formnext – visit the company at booth C78 in Hall 3.1.

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Interview With Jay Hoying and Michael Golway of Bioprinting Company Advanced Solutions Life Sciences

Some of the biggest impacts 3D printing will have on the world are still quite far away. In labs around the world, people are taking the initial baby steps in bioprinting, tissue printing, using 3D printing in regenerative medicine and making things such as drug loaded implants. We can scarcely conceive of the impacts that bioprinting will have on medicine. We should also especially in this area be careful in distinguishing from the possible to the probable. While researchers see 3D printed organs in a clinical setting to be something like twenty years out most regular consumers see it a something that is bound to happen in a few years. In the middle of this exciting development sits the Advanced Solutions LifeSciences which makes bioprinters, bioprinting software and bioinks and is a part of the larger firm, Kentucky based Advanced Solutions Inc.(ASI). We interviewed Michael Golway the CEO of ASI and the company’s scientific advisor James Hoying to find out what they’re doing in bioprintig.

What is Advanced Solutions LifeSciences?

Michael: “Advanced Solutions Life Sciences (ASLS) exists to democratize and continually improve its BioAssembly 3D Bioprinting Platform, resulting in curative therapies that deliver improved longevity and quality of health while reducing global healthcare costs.”

What does the BioBot Basic do? And how much is it? Who is it intended for?

Michael: “The BioBot Basic is our entry-level bioprinter offering for $4,995. This bundle includes our tissue modeling software (TSIM) and 3D bioprinter which enables research institutions and private companies to rapid prototype with biomaterials.”

BioBot Basic

Can I adapt the unit for filament, other materials, heating materials etc.? 

Michael: “The BioBot Basic is an ambient dispense unit with the ability to 3D print up to 5 different materials in a single print.  Our BioAssemblyBot platform enables users the flexibility to adapt temperature control, UV Cure, material movement, etc.”

What is TSIM? 

Michael: “TSIM stands for Tissue Structure Information Modeling – it is a 3D tissue modeling software program that enables the user to view both DICOM and 3D solid model constructs within the same workspace to precisely design and prototype simple to highly complex tissue structures.”

TSIM Screenshot

Why do researchers need Tissue Modeling software? 

Michael: TSIM integrates many of the software-related tasks needed to generate living 3D tissues into a single workspace. Once a DICOM file is imported, the user can seamlessly navigate and edit the “digital tissue” generated by TSIM from the file to identify regions of interest for design and fabrication. Users can also create tissue models de novo, using whatever 3D design and segmentation tools they prefer. Once created, the digital prototype is sent to our biofabrication platform for production. No other software is required. Upcoming expansions to the TSIM platform will also enable the user to develop automated fabrication and manufacturing processes for tissue production; leveraging the broad manufacturing capabilities of the BioAssemblyBot.

What is the BioAssemblyBot?

Michael: The patented BioAssemblyBot is the world’s first 6-axis robotic arm that 3D prints human tissue structures. The BioAssemblyBot can perform both ‘Additive’ and ‘Contour’ 3D printing.  In addition to the 3D printing tasks, the BioAssemblyBot has the flexibility to attach different tools to robotically control the assembly and material movement workflow within the workstation while also interfacing to other agile bioprocessing equipment.

BioAssemblyBot

Why a Six-Axis arm? 

Michael: The first industrial robot was invented in 1954.  In 60 years, the 6-axis robot has proliferated manufacturing plants across the planet resulting in exponential improvements in assembly and workflow tasks.  Today, the technology offers high throughput, exceptional quality, low cost and extreme precision that enables us to now realize manufacturing for patient-matched human tissues.  The workflow required to 3D bioprint and assemble complex human tissues are well-suited for a 6-Axis robotic arm and the BioAssemblyBot workstation.     

What do you mean with contour 3D printing?

Michael: Contour 3D printing allows a continuous deposition of material along a path in the X, Y and Z plane. Traditional 3D printing is only in the X and Y plane with incremental Z movement.  Since the 6-Axis Robot Arm moves with the freedom of a human arm, we are able to 3D print directly onto complex geometric surfaces.  These surfaces can pre-exist (e.g. an existing object in the print space) or the result of printing from the 3D Model.

Contour Printing

How does it assemble as well as print? 

Jay: While many of these individual subassemblies may be printed, it’s unlikely that an entire organ, with all of its different components will be printed in a single run. Thus, in building complex tissues and organs, we envision the fabrication of sub-assemblies (e.g. valves, vessels, muscle sheets, etc. that make up the heart) which are then assembled into the larger, final product. The robotic arm is designed to perform a variety of manufacturing tasks to enable not just fabrication, but also assembly and bioprocessing. Our BioAssemblyBot does this by automatically switching tool-heads at the end of the arm from fabrication to pick-n-place, to imaging/scanning, and so on. The range of motion of the arm also enables the addition to an existing construct or organ part. In this way, our BioAssembly® Platform enables true tissue and eventually organ manufacturing.

For whom is this intended? 

“Michael: Our first suite of products is targeted for research and pharmaceutical applications.  We are beginning to release products specifically targeted for clinical applications.”

Why is tool head and motion stage temperature control important? What other tool heads can I add? 

Jay: Many of the materials used in regenerative medicine exhibit complex temperature-dependent behaviors that can be leveraged in a tissue fabrication strategy.

  • For example, a common preparation of collagen, a native material present in nearly all tissues, requires it to be maintained at cold temperatures. However, at warm temperatures (such as body temperature) the collagen will gel – helping to form the tissue structure. Thanks to our cold bioprinting tool, BioAssemblyBot users can keep the collagen throughout the preparation and entire fabrication process. Our build platform can be heated such that as the cold collagen is printed, it begins to gel immediately as it is added to the structure. The independent temperature control possible with the different aspects of the platform enables flexibility and customization of fabrication protocols.
  • The universal adapter at the end of the robotic arm in the BioAssemblyBot® passes power, pneumatics, and data to and from whatever tool head that can be deployed. Thus, the types of tool heads, and therefore manufacturing functionality, is limited by the imagination of our engineering team and users. Everything from 3D scanners to specialized gripper tools to multi-material mixing tool heads are being deployed. We are constantly developing new and custom tool-heads for our customers depending on their applications.

For what kind of an application would I use all eight bioinks on the bot plus pick and place?

Jay: The BAB is capable of working with 8 different tool heads in a single fabrication operation. These could represent 8 different bioinks or a few bioinks plus a pick-n-place, as suggested. Or the operation might include the same bioink in tools fitted with different print nozzle diameters or shapes. One example application involving multi-tool head involves building 3D tissue models in multi-well plates, commonly used in throughput assays and screens. The breadth of tool use depends on how many different cell types, materials, and fabrication approaches are involved. For example, in one application we are developing, the pick-n-place tool is used to move tissue culture plates (before and after fabrication of the tissue) into the work envelope, 3 different tool heads fitted with different caliber nozzles are used to pattern a sacrificial structure, and an additional temperature-control tool is used to dispense cells in matrix. This example highlights the multi-tool use capability and process workflow control of our platform in automating tissue assay production at a high-throughput-like scale.

Can I use other materials than bioinks? 

Jay: The BioAssembly Platform can utilize a spectrum of soft materials ranging in operational temperatures from 4oC up to 110oC. As most bioinks fit within this range, the platform is ideal for biomanufacturing. However, nearly any soft material that can be extruded can be employed with the system including silicones, ceramic pastes, glues, paints, biological extracts, food materials, etc. Coupled with our automation controls, the platform is promising great utility in a variety of industries beyond tissue fabrication. Related to this, and reflecting the flexibility of the platform, as our customers identify and develop next generation (bio)materials, we design and create novel printhead technologies for those materials.

Is the pick and place meant for manufacturing or could it be used for mechanized testing? 

Michael: Today it is meant to move a tissue through our precision bioprinting workflow. Currently in our development pipeline is a mechanical analytics tool that captures mechanical performance and reliability of a bioprinted tissue or material. Such measurements are critical for assessing the stiffness, elasticity, and viscosity of tissues often employed in load-bearing applications such as menisci, vertebral discs, and bone.

What kind of things have people made with your machines?

Jay: Our Innovations Laboratory, customers, and partners are using our BioAssembly Platform to fabricate a variety of structures, devices, and objects. These include 3D tissue models for research and informative assays, microfluidic platforms for drug discovery and development, tissue patches, small caliber guide tubes, tissue microenvironments for device development, implant systems, organ models, and much more.

Why should I work with you?

Michael: Our organization is founded on the principle of innovating on behalf of the customer to advance the science, and our products are designed so that we can constantly improve them – it likely comes from our roots as a software company. We are obsessed with the promise of regenerative medicine and are working on key partnerships to unlock bioprinting at a therapeutic level, not just research. Not only do our customers get access to the world’s most advanced bioprinter technology platform, but they gain access to a dedicated team of professionals whose sole focus is our customer’s research, commercial and clinical success.

Holiday Planning Tips: #2 Review and Refresh Your Products This Season

If you have been offering the same 3D products for some time, it’s a good idea to review them now before the rush of holiday orders flow in. Possible improvements could take your products to the next level and make them more appealing to potential customers. Here’s a step-by-step guide to polishing up your shop.

Review Your Products

  1. Overall, are you as happy with the current products in your shop as you were when you first designed them? Do they still represent who you are as a designer and your skill set?
  2. Check your product categories and tags. Are they still accurate or have they changed over time? If you’re not sure how to categorize your products, have a look at the Shapeways marketplace and check out how similar products are labeled.

Look at Your Offered Materials

  1. Have you tried printing your products in all materials offered? It’s good practice to test the printed quality to make sure the product prints as expected.
  2. Some customers may not be very familiar with 3D printing, so it’s vital that you communicate the difference in materials and finishes you offer to them. Let the customers know what to expect.

Polish Up Your Descriptions

  1. When altering your descriptions, start by adding in recipient-based keywords as tags (friend, mom, men, hostess, stocking stuffer) to help people find your products.
  2. Wherever applicable, consider tweaking your descriptions and tags to make them more timely with the holiday season.
  3. Describe the story of your items. The authenticity of a unique product carries much more value than a mass-produced one. Help gift givers understand how special your product is.
  4. It’s best to use photos of printed products instead of 3D renderings. This will help your customer visualize the product much easier. Want to take it one step further? Post a video of your product!

 

Having great products isn’t enough, however. To guarantee success, you need to have great photos showcasing your 3D printed projects. In our next Holiday Planning Tips series, we’ll share some key tips to doing just so.

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