Marketiger advances Full Color Mimaki printing with PostProcess Full Stack solution – Application Story

MARKETIGER SETS THE BAR HIGH

Establishing themselves as a rarity in the market, Netherlands-based Marketiger does it all when it comes to full-service 3D printing. While most additive manufacturing companies choose to either specialize in small scale printing or mass production, Marketiger employs innovative technology that enables them to work at both ends of the 3D printing spectrum.

Being a “next level” 3D printing service company begins with intuitive pre-processing, ensuring that every concept designed is suitable for transformation into a full-color 3D model. When it comes time for printing, Marketiger has employed the world’s first photorealistic, full-color 3D printer, the state-of-theart Mimaki 3DUJ-553. With this technology, they are able to create designs that can incorporate over 10 million colors. This spectrum of colors allows for some of the most vividly designed products in the
industry.

While Marketiger’s additive workflow is a unique one, without the right post-printing support removal solution, there is room for bottlenecks to arise in the final step of the process. Because of how intricate many of Marketiger’s Mimaki 3D printed parts are, they require a post-printing solution that is especially sensitive to the individual needs of each design. With the conventional system they had been using, Marketiger saw negative effects like pronounced layer-lines on finished parts. For a company that heavily values product quality and fine attention to detail, these issues were extremely problematic.

REVOLUTIONIZING SUPPORT REMOVAL WITH POSTPROCESS

“One of my customers told me to contact AM Solutions to do some polishing tests. From there, I contacted Bert van den Boogaard from AM Solutions,” commented Maikel de Wit, director from Marketiger. AM Solutions represents PostProcess products in the Benelux area. “The knowledge and expertise of both AM Solutions and PostProcess regarding cleaning 3D printed parts is enormous,” says Maikel de Wit, director from Marketiger. “We were, therefore, able to learn a lot from each other during the entire process and evaluation.”

Thanks to integrated software intelligence, users like Marketiger are able to fine-tune the support removal settings to exact parameters, allowing for precise control over the process. The FORTI’s exclusive additive-formulated detergents, utilized at specified temperatures and in strategized time allotments controlled by the software, ensure consistency and repeatability without part damage or warping.


Thanks to AM Solutions and PostProcess’s automated support removal technologies, Marketiger has been able to streamline their post-printing workflow while maintaining the high product quality standards that they are used to outputting.

PostProcess™ FORTI™ Support Removal Solution

About AM Solutions
AM Solutions, a brand of the Rösler Group, will support you with the development and implementation of innovative, optimized 3D printed products with a unique, highly flexible solutions package covering the entire process chain. AM Solutions consists of two separate business units; 3D post-processing & 3D printing services. 3D post-processing offers equipment solutions for any post-processing challenges irrespective of the print method and the component material. Its cooperation with numerous industrial partners, universities and research facilities ensures the continuous improvement of products and services so that customers can always count on getting the latest technology.

About Marketiger
Marketiger combines innovative Mimaki 3D technology with excellent technical & creative knowledge to manufacture the highest available full-color 3D quality in the world. Marketiger introduces the next level of 3D printing with up to 10.000.000 colors and extreme detail levels. Marketiger uses the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 full-color 3D printer and specializes in creative concepting in all of the several stages a concept can be in. Marketiger’s solutions are an excellent improvement and well-developed replacement for existing full-color sandstone Figurine productions. Collaborating with experts from the field such as Scanologics they offer a fully integrated scan & print solution. The extensive experience in implementing the Mimaki full-color 3D printing technology leads to less rejection of detailed models, broken models, degrading colors and long lead-times.

About PostProcess
PostProcess Technologies is the only provider of automated and intelligent post-printing solutions for 3D printed parts. Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Buffalo, NY, USA, with international operations in Sophia-Antipolis, France, PostProcess removes the bottleneck in the third step of 3D printing – post-printing – through patent-pending software, hardware, and chemistry technologies. The company’s solutions automate industrial 3D printing’s most common post-printing processes with a software-based approach, including support, resin, and powder removal, as well as surface finishing, resulting in “customer-ready” 3D printed parts. Additionally, as an innovator of software-based 3D post-printing, PostProcess solutions will enable the full digitization of AM through the post-print step for the Industry 4.0 factory floor. The PostProcess portfolio has been proven across all major industrial 3D printing technologies and is in use daily in every imaginable manufacturing sector.

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POSTPROCESS TECHNOLOGIES
2495 Main St., Suite 615, Buffalo NY 14214
1.866.430.5354


POSTPROCESS TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL
Les Aqueducs B3, 535 Route des Lucioles, 06560 Sophia Antipolis, France
+33 (0)4 22 32 68 13


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PostProcess: COVID-19 Response Update

We’re here to assist with efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic however we can. Please contact us if you are 3D printing supplies or PPE for first responders and have a bottleneck in your post-printing step – we can help. Additionally, if you are experiencing a shortage of IPA for resin removal due to its use in sanitizers and other disinfecting products, we have an IPA alternative for this process. Contact us for more information.

How We’re Helping
PPE Production at SCAD

We’re proud that our solutions are being put to work in response to the crisis, such as at SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design). As one of our long time customers, SCAD is utilizing our BASE Automated Support Removal solution for FDM post-printing on face shield components. Their increased production of PPE for local first responders is supported by the ability to stack on the printer build tray and automate support removal of multiple pieces at once.

Justin Cox, Assistant Superintendent at SCAD, commented: “The BASE has been an invaluable part of our workflow. We are able to load the BASE with large numbers of face shields and ear relief straps and wash them all within 2 hours. This allows our team to assemble and package within a day. We are also using the BASE to wash parts that are printed in our other facilities that normally use traditional parts washing tanks which also saves us a lot of time”. Learn more here.

Redirecting our In-house 3D Printers for Local PPE Efforts

PostProcess’ in-house FDM 3D print capacity, typically used for internal testing and sample parts, has been redirected as a part of a joint effort for PPE equipment production in our hometown of Buffalo, NY. We’re teaming with a number of local companies who are also donating materials and funds to produce face shields for local first responders. Our software-driven Support Removal technology allows us to post-print more parts at once with virtually no technician time, therefore increasing the speed of our production. Learn more here.

Support for our Customers Redirecting 3D Printing Operations

A number of PostProcess customers are redirecting their additive operations to support COVID-19 manufacturing efforts. We are committed to deploying our internal Application Engineering resources to support the optimization of their PostProcess solutions to their new 3D printing program.

Please contact us if we can support your efforts to fight COVID-19 with 3D printing.
Additionally, learn more about our day-to-day operations during COVID-19 here.

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EnvisionTEC COVID-19 Efforts

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be an opportunity for 3D printing to assist in finding new, innovative ways for healthcare professionals to provide assistance.  A shortage of the necessary diagnostic and treatment supplies has been discovered, and while many businesses have jumped in to help, it is 3D printing that may be able to provide real answers for how to combat the supply chain crisis.

Working hand-in-hand with healthcare leaders, EnvisionTEC has identified several areas where their specific strengths in biocompatible materials and fast, precise 3D printing equipment can help to provide replenishment of stocks as well as new, alternative solutions.

Learn more about these efforts below and find out where you can help, and how we can help you.

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

In order to effectively treat the growing number of COVID-19 patients, healthcare professionals and many other essential workers rely heavily on PPE’s in order to safely maintain their own health. Many mask designs are meant to be single-use, and with the general public adding to the demand for these items, they are becoming increasingly hard to come by. Again, 3D printing is an ideal solution, allowing for portions of face shields to be printed and sterilized. EnvisionTEC has a number of large 3D printers that can quickly and efficiently print these parts in bulk, and many of their customers have been able to answer the call for local needs.

3D Print Face Shields on Envision One
Order EnvisionTEC Custom-Made Masks

The links below can be used to assist in 3D printing and assembling face shields for interested parties.

Please do not download any files before you have read, acknowledged and agreed to the following Release Waiver

Build files for face shields (8) on the Envision One

Database of PET Film Suppliers

Build files and instructions for 3D printing face shields

Please email your requirements to covid19@envisiontec.com in North America and covid19@envisiontec.de in the rest of the world.

Minimum order quantity: 2000

Lead time: 2 weeks

$13/each

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Face Shields
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Nasopharyngeal (NP) Swabs

Perhaps the biggest immediate need in the fight against COVID-19 is simply identifying those who have been infected as early as possible.  Testing kit availability has been vastly inadequate, and the medical community has been working tirelessly with the 3D printing community to find a solution to mass-producing the nasopharyngeal collection swabs to alleviate the shortage quickly. EnvisionTEC has been working closely with the Harvard Microbiology Lab within a larger group dedicated to connecting academia with the manufacturing industry to combat this shortage.

To this end, EnvisionTEC engineers have designed a collection tip for a flexible nasal swab.  Brian Nilson, of Nilson Laboratories, 3D printed the final design for testing.  He was able to print 400 of the swabs in E-Guide Soft material on his Envision One cDLM in two hours.  The testing process is comprised of a ten stage mechanical testing, a two part absorption test, a biological/chemical testing procedure to ensure the swab absorbs viral RNA particles and does not interfere with PCA/reagents, and a sample collection testing procedure.  To pass, a sample needed to use a material that is approved as chemically safe, would bend 180 degrees without breaking, and the design needed to be able to safely collect enough virus particles from the nasal passage to effectively test.

E-Guide Soft has passed some of these tests and is awaiting final IRB testing and approval. Under FDA regulations, an IRB group that has been formally designated to review and monitor biomedical research involving human subjects has the authority to determine that E-Guide Soft is suitable for the mass production of the NP swabs for COVID-19 testing.  EnvisionTEC has been working with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) of Boston’s Biomedical Laboratory, to obtain the IRB approval. EnvisionTEC has long been committed to providing solutions to their customers and is now preparing to take on the call to action of helping to equip medical professionals with the tools needed to help combat this global pandemic.  With a vast network of thousands of customers eager to help, EnvisionTEC is proud to offer the capability of producing quantities of up to half a million of the swab per day.

Print NP Swabs
Order NP Swabs

These NP swabs are a Class 1 medical device.  In order to print these for use by medical professionals, you must first be registered with the FDA and the swabs must be added to your medical device listing with the FDA.

Click here for instructions regarding this registration and listing.

Once this is done, please email covid19@envisiontec.com in North America and covid19@envisiontec.de in the rest of the world to be added to the list of available manufacturing partners. The protocols being developed for the NP swabs require an Envision One cDLM and a PCA 2000 curing unit.

NP swabs are available to order. Please email us at covid19@envisiontec.com in North America and covid19@envisiontec.de in the rest of the world for pricing and lead times.

NP Swab FDA Listings

Applicator, Absorbent Tipped, Sterile, Product Code KXG
 
Applicator, Absorbent Tipped, Non-Sterile, Product Code KXF
Swab
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Printed Swabs in EnvisionONE
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Self Sealed Sterilizable Pouch
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Close up of Swabs
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Printed Swabs in EnvisionONE
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Flexing Swab
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Ventilator Splitter

Individual ICU ventilators are critical in the treatment of patients in severe respiratory failure, a symptom of severe cases of COVID-19. It has been determined that the demand for these ventilators will far exceed the current stock on hand.  Manufacturing giants such as Ford and GM have been tapped to assist in the production of these machines, but even with the increased manufacturing capabilities, the process to get these machines ordered and in the hands of the medical professionals who need them could cause delays.  Al Siblani has been working with local hospitals in the Metro Detroit area to provide a functional ventilation splitter that could be 3D printed in a Class 1 material such as EnvisionTEC’s E-Guide. EnvisionTEC is working with the FDA to authorize the use of 3D printed splitters as an emergency solution to allow for multiple patients to receive oxygen from the same ventilator by adjusting the pressure controls on the ventilators to allow for dual-patient use.  By using 3D printing for these accessories, production could be scaled up in locations close to where the need is greatest, allowing for fast reaction to the growing problem and more than double the capacity of current ventilator stock.

To place an order, please email covid19@envisiontec.com in North America and covid19@envisiontec.de in the rest of the world.

Splitter
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Printed Ventilators on platform
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EnvisionTEC Partners With Healthcare Community to Battle Global Pandemic

Dearborn, Michigan, March 29, 2020 – The 3D printing industry has been working closely with the medical community for many years.  From the dental and hearing aid sectors, both of whom have adopted 3D printing as a primary method of production in a myriad of applications, to the medical and biomedical fields, who have integrated 3D printing into scientific research and the development of new medical devices, this partnership has yielded thousands of invaluable improvements into the daily lives of people the world over. EnvisionTEC has been at the forefront of these cooperative efforts since 2002, paving the way for new solutions that could only be made possible via 3D printing.

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be another opportunity for 3D printing to assist in finding new, innovative ways for healthcare professionals to provide assistance.  A shortage of the necessary diagnostic and treatment supplies has been discovered, and while many businesses have jumped in to help, it is 3D printing that may be able to provide real answers for how to combat the supply chain crisis.

 

Working hand-in-hand with healthcare leaders, EnvisionTEC founder and CEO Al Siblani and his team of engineering and applications specialists, with the help of some dedicated customers have identified several areas where their specific strengths in biocompatible materials and fast, precise 3D printing equipment can help to provide replenishment of stocks as well as new, alternative solutions.

The main focus of EnvisionTEC’s efforts thus far has been on the lack of ventilators for increased demand, personal protection equipment (PPE’s), and nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs for specimen collection for testing.

Individual ICU ventilators are critical in the treatment of patients in severe respiratory failure, a symptom of severe cases of COVID-19. It has been determined that the demand for these ventilators will far exceed the current stock on hand.  Manufacturing giants such as Ford and GM have been tapped to assist in the production of these machines, but even with the increased manufacturing capabilities, the process to get these machines ordered and in the hands of the medical professionals who need them could cause delays.  Al Siblani has been working with local hospitals in the Metro Detroit area to provide a functional ventilation splitter that could be 3D printed in a Class 1 material such as EnvisionTEC’s E-Guide. EnvisionTEC is working with the FDA to authorize the use of 3D printed splitters as an emergency solution to allow for multiple patients to receive oxygen from the same ventilator by adjusting the pressure controls on the ventilators to allow for dual-patient use.  By using 3D printing for these accessories, production could be scaled up in locations close to where the need is greatest, allowing for fast reaction to the growing problem and more than double the capacity of current ventilator stock.

EnvisionTEC founder and CEO Al Siblani in the field of battle
The Envision One cDLM from EnvisionTEC is capable of mass producing NP collection swabs for COVID-19 testing.

In order to effectively treat the growing number of COVID-19 patients, healthcare professionals and many other essential workers rely heavily on PPE’s in order to safely maintain their own health.  Many mask designs are meant to be single-use, and with the general public adding to the demand for these items, they are becoming increasingly hard to come by.  Again, 3D printing is an ideal solution, allowing for portions of face shields to be printed and sterilized.  EnvisionTEC has a number of large 3D printers that can quickly and efficiently print these parts in bulk, and many of their customers have been able to answer the call for local needs.

Perhaps the biggest immediate need in the fight against COVID-19 is simply identifying those who have been infected as early as possible.  Testing kit availability has been vastly inadequate, and the medical community has been working tirelessly with the 3D printing community to find a solution to mass-producing the nasopharyngeal collection swabs to alleviate the shortage quickly. EnvisionTEC has been working closely with the Harvard Microbiology Lab within a larger group dedicated to connecting academia with the manufacturing industry to combat this shortage.

To this end, EnvisionTEC engineers have designed a collection tip for a flexible nasal swab.  Brian Nilson, of Nilson Laboratories, 3D printed the final design for testing.  He was able to print 400 of the swabs in Class 1 approved material E-Guide on his Envision One cDLM in two hours.  The testing process is comprised of a ten stage mechanical testing, a two part absorption test, a biological/chemical testing procedure to ensure the swab absorbs viral RNA particles and does not interfere with PCA/reagents, and a sample collection testing procedure.  To pass, a sample needed to use a material that is approved as chemically safe, would bend 180 degrees without breaking, and the design needed to be able to safely collect enough virus particles from the nasal passage to effectively test.

EnvisionTEC nasopharyngeal collection swab design
EnvisionTEC nasopharyngeal collection swab design
400 swabs in Class 1 approved material E-Guide on Envision One cDLM

E-Guide has passed some of these tests and is awaiting final IRB testing and approval. Under FDA regulations, an IRB group that has been formally designated to review and monitor biomedical research involving human subjects has the authority to determine that E-Guide is suitable for the mass production of the NP swabs for COVID-19 testing.  EnvisionTEC has long been committed to providing solutions to their customers and is now preparing to take on the call to action of helping to equip medical professionals with the tools needed to help combat this global pandemic.  With a vast network of thousands of customers eager to help, EnvisionTEC is proud to offer the capability of producing hundreds of thousands of the swab per day.

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About EnvisionTEC

EnvisionTEC is a leading global provider of professional-grade 3D printing solutions.  Founded in 2002 with its pioneering commercial DLP printing technology, EnvisionTEC now sells more than 40 printer configurations based on six distinct technologies that build objects from digital design files.  The company’s premium 3D printers serve a variety of medical, professional and industrial markets, and are valued for precision, surface quality, functionality and speed.  For more information, please visit https:///envisiontec.com.

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Στο κέντρο των παγκοσμίων εξελίξεων και της εξάπλωσης του κορωνοϊού, η ανάγκη για νοσοκομειακή περίθαλψη και αποθέματα υγειονομικών ειδών αυξάνεται ραγδαία.

Βαλβίδα Αναπνοής
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Η τρισδιάστατη εκτύπωση για ακόμα μία φορά αποδεικνύει την αξία κ την ευελιξία της και σε αυτού του είδους την κρίση με την κυκλοφορία και άμεση εκτύπωση αντικειμένων, προστατευτικών και συσκευών ατομικής προστασίας ενάντια στον κορωνοϊό.

Η τρισδιάστατη εκτύπωση ως βασικό μέλος της τέταρτης βιομηχανικής επανάστασης που διανύουμε (Industry 4.0) προσφέρει την εντελώς διαφορετική, από τις καθιερωμένες μεθόδους, αποδοτική παραγωγή on demand προϊόντων και εξαρτημάτων.  

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Prodways announces sales to BASF and DSM

Prodways Group, a French 3D printer producer and service provider, has announced a series of 3D printer sales to major chemical companies for R&D and manufacturing applications. The company has sold a selection of its selective laser sintering machines to DSM, BASF and an unnamed French chemical company, including its ProMaker P1000 and ProMaker P2000 ST 3D printers. 

The chemical companies have acquired 3D printers from Prodways for the purpose of research and development, parts production and material testing. By bolstering its relationships with longtime material suppliers, Prodways states in a press release that the sales are indicative of “the growing importance of 3D printing for advanced applications at industrial scale.”

ProMaker P1000 3D printer. Image via Prodways.

High-temperature SLS 3D printing

Germany-based BASF, the largest chemical producer in the world, and already an owner of the ProMaker P1000 printer, has been a strategic partner of Prodways since 2016. In that year Prodways began distributing its new ProMaker P4500 series with a high-temperature configuration to process BASF’s Ultrasint PA6 – X028. BASF has now purchased for new plastic SLS 3D printers to aid the company’s R&D output and parts production. Recently, BASF extended its hold within the 3D printing industry with its acquisition of  3D printing service bureau Sculpteo.

DSM is also a longtime partner of Prodways, having acted as the company’s material supplier. Additionally, DSM has used Prodways’ ProMaker P4500 3D printer to print its new PBT powder Arnite AM1210 for selective laser sintering, a material suited to the electronics and electrical industries thanks to its electrical, mechanical and flame-retardant properties. Prodways sold two of its ProMaker P2000 ST 3D printers to DSM, allowing the company to test its powders for high-temperature SLS 3D printing. 

3D printed products from Prodways. Image via Prodways

Finally, Prodways has also sold one of its ProMaker P1000 3D printers to the unnamed French chemical company, which will use the system to develop and test its products. Prodways explains that the acquisition of its 3D printers by leading firms in the chemical industry allows for the mutual exchange of expertise between their respective domains.

Prodways 3D printer developments 

The ProMaker P1000 3D printer was released by Prodways in 2016. Equipped with a 300 x 300 x 300 mm build platform, the system is geared towards the production of plastic parts using SLS 3D printing technology. Last year, the French Army integrated two ProMaker P1000 3D printers into its operations, in order to validate the advantages of 3D printing for manufacturing spare parts in real conditions

The ProMaker P2000 ST is a system geared towards high temperature (up to 280°C) SLS 3D printing. This makes it capable of processing materials like PA66 or PPS, for direct use applications and advanced research.

In 2019, Prodways also released two additional 3D printers: the P1000 X, and DLP system, named the SolidscapeDL. The P1000 X improves upon the formula of the ProMaker P1000 with increased size and speed. The SoldiscapeDL on the other hand, developed through Prodways subsidiary Solidscape, is the first system within the company’s range using DLP technology and is aimed towards the jewelry market.

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