Melotte on 3D-printing and rapid manufacturing (June 2011)
Mario Fleurinck, CEO MelotteJune 6,2011
Web based Data Acquisition3D Solids / Optical Scan data MRI / CT Data / Cone Beam / Point Clouds Additive Manufacturing Selective Laser Melting Direct Metal Deposition High-end Finishing Free-form Finishing (STL High-end Finishing (µ-level) based)
Key Product Acceptation Criteria:“Perfect” alignment with Patient’s basic physiognomyNear-Net-shape “Fit” with Patient’s soft Palatal (upper jaw)“Weight” versus “Strength” ratio (in balance with naturalteeth)Easy to “maintain”Maximum “bite force” even with mainstream dentalsolutionHigh Gloss and “Mirror effect” finish“Elegant” and “discrete”, no “phonetic” changes“Short turnaround”, Tooth extraction => new prosthetics. PERFECT FIT – SHORTTURNAROUND – EASY TO MAINTAIN – ESTHETIC - DISCRETE
Step 2, analogue Process, 14 steps and about 20 different consumables used Over the past 10 years, China has become the largest dental manufacturing marketplace in the world. China claims 40% “ownership” of “dental” materials! Yi Chan, Advisory Board Member CDG.
“How to manage our supply chain IN CASE thelocal demand due to aging population is moreimportant than the financial upside?” “Profit versus local needs”
1FTEfor 8? Over the period 2010 - 2025 only 1 dental technician is available for replacing 8 retiring analogue dental technicians while annual demand grows 4,8 %!
Step 2, digital Process, 3 steps and NO consumables used Peer Sector 1 Sector 2
Project Rollout & MILESTONES:06/09 Selection preferred partner (2nd largest Belgian dentallab Vanderbeken Oostende)07/09 Exclusive Development contract08/09 Integration Design software09/09 First prototype ready11/09 Start batch production in “next day delivery” mode12/09 Ramp up to 15 partials per day01/10 Start-up INNODEMA (Digital dental design officelocated in Ostend)2010 industrialization in closed market > 60 partials per dayJanuary 2011 Upscale additional dental labs- - - 03/11 Delivery 10,000th partial frame. - - -
Since 2004, Melotte has been actively exploring the Near-to-Net-Shape Manufacturing Technologies. DirectDigital Manufacturing is part of the company’s strategic diversification and is considered an innovativecomplement to the existing high-precision production apparatus. From the start, Melotte has developed aninternational network; now the company already has some impressive product references. Melottedifferentiates itself with its complete offer, as well as with NTNM technologies, which combine Selective LaserMelting, Direct Metal Deposition and Electron Beam Melting with high-end Component Finishing Technologies.Related supporting services such as reverse engineering and modelling, FEA, laser scanning, opticalmeasurement and thermo-dynamic analyses complete the offer. Melotte has completed many Direct DigitalManufacturing projects and is considered as one of the most active companies in the Metal DDM market. Thecompany also has specific expertise in the field of NTNM (Magnesium Moulding) and DDM productiontechnologies in metals, their specialties including Titanium, Inconell, Cobalt Chrome, Ceramic materials, Toolsteel and Aluminium. All this is aimed at an extremely diversified international market. PLEASE JOIN OUR BLOG: http://layeredmanufacturing.blogspot.com/Melotte NVIndustrieweg 2019B-3520 ZONHOVENinfo@melotte.bewww.Melotte.be