How we helped some of our Clients

3D printing offers new possibilities in confectionery production

Design a sweet with ‘Adugs’

Challenge

AdugsLTD unceasing development and a never-ending search for new solutions in the field of confectioneries, is their key to success. 3D printing has become an intrinsic part of the company’s working routine.

Solution

3D printing is encouraging new product development and offers significant cost-savings. It is much faster and allows the company to experiment without committing substantial funds while developing new product lines. The moulds created with the Mass Portal printer cost almost 30 times less than the ones ordered from traditional suppliers and 3D printed moulds are easier to sustain than copper ones. The same price considerations are also applicable to the spare parts of the production machinery.

Benefit

‘…we have found an alternative for the expensive production line’s diaphragm parts. 36 of these parts costs more than 5 thousand euros, whereas, with Mass Portal printer with the Polymaker PolyMax material, we can create them in high quality in a few days for the price of 60 euros, which allows us to save lots of money and time.’

‘Adugs’ main engineer Mr Laizans

Mr Laizans stresses that 3D printing gives his company a competitive advantage because their business has been able to satisfy the increasing demand and product range while keeping the same prices and maintaining the highest quality standards.

Dental Aligners

Challenge

Streamlined production of dental clear aligners.

Solution

3D printed mould with a vacuum formed aligner.

Benefit

Dental clear aligners can now be produced faster and with less effort thanks to a fully digital process. First the jaw is scanned and a mold is generated via software. Once the mold is printed, the dental aligner can be easily formed around it. After quick post processing it is ready to use.

WiDE

Challenge

Back brace for a scoliosis patient.

3D printing is becoming increasingly widespread for producing orthosis, custom braces, splints, and other artificial external devices serving to support the limbs or spine. 3D printed orthosis offers improved livability and recovery experience due to its lightweight, air circulation and water resistance.

Solution

The back brace was developed in a collaboration between scoliosis specialist Dr Gundars Rusovs and WiDE - 3D printed orthotics and prosthetics company. A scoliosis brace is a device with which patient has to live day and night through teen years. Conventionally bulky looking back brace was recreated with large volume Mass Portal D1200 3D printer with webbing pattern to make the brace more lightweight and significantly better appealing for the wearer in day-to-day use.

Shoe Last production

Challenge

3D printing for shoemakers.

Solution

MassPortal in collaboration with a German software solution company for shoe lasts production Go-tec, has developed application-specific hardware with a streamlined production workflow that does not require advanced training. Integrated dual filament dryers enable usage of high-performance materials with wood-like properties that are fully compatible with traditional shoemaking tooling. Advanced filament switching technology enables 24/7 printing for maximum hardware utilization.

Benefit

Producing shoes lasts using 3D printing enables a fully digital process from scanning to printing. See-though test shoes allow the shoemaker to achieve a perfect fit in a single customer visit and can be fine-tuned while a customer is on-site, hence, saving time and money and improving customer experience.

3D Printed Sports Mouthguards

3Dmouthguard

Challenge

Dutch start-up 3Dmouthguard has developed and 3D printed custom-made sports mouthguards to protect teeth and mouth injuries in any type of active or extreme sports.

Solution

Mass Portal helped to develop 3D printing process using Royal DSM materials.

3D printing material Arnitel® ID2045 from Royal DSM dried in Mass Portal Filament Dryer FD1 and printed on Mass Portal XD20.

“By scanning the upper jaw with video technology and digitally capturing all curves and shapes of mouth and teeth, a perfectly fitted mouthguard can be printed on the spot using fused filament technology. The additive manufacturing (AM) process uses a continuous filament of DSM’s Arnitel®, a bio-based material that meets all strength, flexibility and health requirements. The new AM technique, combined with the 3D filament material characteristics, completely automates and digitizes the process of producing customized mouthguards and prints them instantly.”

Benefit

3D printing material Arnitel® ID2045 from Royal DSM dried in Mass Portal Filament Dryer FD1 and printed on Mass Portal XD20.