Additive Manufacturing in the medical and dental industry

LAKE MARY, Fla., May 24, 2016 – FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: FARO), the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement and imaging solutions for Metrology, Factory Automation, Product Design, Public Safety and BIM-CIM, announces the release of PointSense and VirtuSurv 17.0, laser scanning plug-ins for the Autodesk® environment that ensure seamless integration with the recently released Autodesk® 2017 product line. 3D laser scanning is quickly becoming the accepted practice for fast, efficient and accurate capture of as-built data by engineers, architects and construction specialists. However, designers are often left with CAD programs that have manual and inconsistent methods for transforming scan data into final design needs. The PointSense and VirtuSurv 17.0 programs provide BIM-CIM CAD designers with comprehensive tool kits for solving the challenge of converting massive point cloud data sets into intelligent 3D models.  Customers can choose software modules that match their specific workflows and plug-ins are available for both AutoCAD® and Revit®. With each major release, FARO continues to push innovative design techniques and improve workflows within the Autodesk® environment. Product features are inspired by customer demand. For example, PointSense for Revit 17.0 now provides support for “work-sharing” projects, allowing all BIM-CIM stakeholders to simultaneously use PointSense on a common Revit® project file. In addition, an enhanced wall-fitting tool allows users to accurately extract walls from point clouds without having to scan both sides of the wall. “FARO understands the […]

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Additive Manufacturing in the medical and dental technology industries

In fields from orthopaedics to implantology and dental technology, the huge amount of design and manufacturing freedom provided by Additive Manufacturing (AM) and industrial 3D Printing processes enables products to be customised for individual patients. So it is perhaps no wonder that the medical and dental technology sectors are two of the areas in which AM has already become widely established. As it grows, aspects such as process and quality controls, licensing and risk management are starting to come more to the forefront. These topics will be discussed as part of the “Medical Technology” and “Dental Technology” trade forums at the 13th Rapid.Tech. The international Additive Manufacturing trade show and conference will be held in Erfurt from 14 – 16 June 2016. Every person’s body is unique. Which is why custom-manufacturing implants, orthopaedic technologies and dental care products for individual patients is such a challenging process. Required are perfectly tailored individual or small batch products that are cost-efficient and quick to manufacture, and that fulfil the highest quality demands both in terms of materials and of processing methods. One process that can meet these demands is Additive Manufacturing, which is becoming increasingly widespread in the medical and dental technology sectors. “In recent years, the various industrial 3D Printing processes for manufacturing implants have been become increasingly popular. Now the discussion is more about topics such as risk management and process […]

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AB3DLabs Launches 2D to 3D Printing App

AB3DLabs believe that 3D printing and design will flourish in mainstream culture with the right tools, and they want to bring them to you. With the introduction of level based apps to help guide users through the difficult 3D educational process, AB3DLabs’ vision is to spread the mastery of 3D printing and design to anyone who wants to explore their creativity. These apps are available on all Windows, Android, iOS or OS X devices, making the software very accessible and portable for everyone. The platform is simple enough for a person of any skill level to use. The educational potential of this software is extraordinary, as it is essentially a learning tool for those who don’t quite understand three dimensionality yet. Watch this 4 year old design a toy train using the 2D to 3D software, AB3DBasic. By sketching any two faces of an object, from its top, front or sides views you can have an immediate 3D object to start with. The company wanted to release something that was completely different to what the masses are facing now. The 3D design software is super easy to use, and has an extremely easy learning curve. No previous knowledge is required, just watch a four minute tutorial and off you go! I spoke to founder and CEO Mohamed Tageldin today and he told me a bit about what his company is about. “We established […]

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