Materialise company visit


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by Maarten Valckenaers on 07-09-10
@ Materialise, Leuven

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  • This slide presents Materialise as a company. We were founded in 1990, and since then innovation has been a key driver. Originally in 2 areas: we started off by buying a small SLA machine, but didn’t like the control software. So we decided to develop our own software. This was the start of our software activities. Meanwhile we have expanded our RP range, and developed our own (patented) SLA technology.Mid 90’s we have formed a bridge between software and RP competences, by using our software expertise to read and process medical imaging data, and to use these processed data to make 3D plastic models that can help the surgeon to do pre-operative analyses. In 2006 the medical activity has been reorganised. The dental activities have been spun off to form a brand new company called Materialise Dental. We enjoy shared ownership with world leading company DentSply.The last activity is the youngest. Since 2003 we are producing consumer products, that are unique. First of all as they are freeform designs, that can not be produced by standard manufacturing techniques. We use our RP solutions to make truly unqiue products. Secondly, because our 3D printing technologies, the layer by layer production as a concept, adds value to the artistic value of the object.
  • With the installation of branch offices and partnerships in several countries all over the world we clearly want to indicate our long-term commitment to these markets. Being physically present in parts of the world enables us to provide our technology directly to customers, clinicians and patients.Materialise Industrial Services: based in EuropeMaterialise Software: Europe, America’s, Asia-PacificMaterialise Dental: Europe, America’s, Asia-Pacific.MGX: points of sales all over the world
  • Materialise company visit

    1. 1. State of the ArtinRapidPrototyping<br />Maarten Valckenaers<br />
    2. 2. Agenda<br />Materialise…?<br />Use of prototype models<br />Examples<br />
    3. 3. What do they have in common?<br />
    4. 4. Stereolithography at Materialise<br />
    5. 5. What do they have in common?<br />
    6. 6. Materialise<br />Rapid prototyping Solutions<br />Mammoth Stereolithography<br />Vacuum Casting<br />
    7. 7. The Materialise Group:4 entities<br />Dental<br />Software<br />Industrial Services<br />.MGX<br />Each division has its own focus, but their unique combination provides Materialise its strength<br />
    8. 8. The Materialise Group:Diversity means strength<br />
    9. 9. The Materialise Group:A global presence<br />Sweden<br />Germany<br />United Kingdom<br />Czech Republic<br />Belgium<br />Ukraine<br />Austria<br />France<br />Turkey<br />Italy<br />USA<br />Japan<br />Spain<br />China<br />Taiwan<br />Hong Kong<br />India<br />Malaysia<br />Singapore<br />Australia<br /> Offices Distributors<br />
    10. 10. Agenda<br />Materialise…?<br />Use of prototype models<br />Examples<br />
    11. 11. 1.1. Why RP ?<br />Different reasons for production of prototypes<br />Limitation of risks<br />Reduction of costs<br />Time to market reduction<br />Sales & Marketing support<br />Communication<br />
    12. 12. 1.1.a. Limitation of risks<br />Does the model live up to the expectations?<br />Visual control<br />Features, ergonomics, ...<br />Does the concept “fit”<br />Acceptation customers<br />Assembly control <br />Joining of multiple components<br />Functional control<br />Mechanical, thermal, chemical, ...<br />Clickfingers, ...<br />Features, ...<br />Production control<br />Mould-ability, ...<br />
    13. 13. 1.1.a. Limitation of risks<br />The final step in production requires often large investments<br />eg. steel mold – high investment<br />One product gone wrong can mean the end for a company<br />Before making such an investment, you need to be sure that the design is correct and the market will accept it<br />In that way RP will help limit the risk <br />
    14. 14. 1.1.b. Reduction of costs<br />RP changes the design process<br />Innovative RP techniques are often cheaper than traditional model- or maquette building, and are more faithful to the real design<br />RP makes product- and process optimisation possible, with a view to cost savings<br />RP allows early detection and correction of errors<br />RP allows verification of usability of designs in an early stage<br />RP allows start-up of production lines when the series mould is not ready yet<br />
    15. 15. 1.1.c. TtM reduction<br />Prototypes allow testing of ideas while still in the concept phase<br />Different concepts in parallel<br />Immediate feeling of feasibility<br />eg. NextDay prototypes<br />Faster final “freeze” of design<br />You can enter the market with a prototype, without the final product being ready<br />Marketing<br />Initial feedback<br />
    16. 16. 1.1.d. Sales & Marketing<br />Prototypes can be used<br />To talk to customers about a new concept<br />eg. A real estate project, a new bumper concept<br />To allow customers a choice between several concepts<br />eg. P&G showing 10 new shampoo bottles to the general public<br />To start up marketing campagnes without the product being ready<br />eg. Visually perfect prototype can be used for photo shoots<br />Prototypes are the link between idea and tangible reality<br />
    17. 17. 1.1.e. Communication<br />A fysical model allows<br />Talking to customers about the concept<br />“Show & Tell”<br />Talking to suppliers about the requirements<br />Talking to colleagues with less technical knowledge<br />Determining milestones in a project, in order to give the entire team a common goal<br />
    18. 18. 1.2. Customers & trends<br />The main industries using prototypes are<br />Automotive<br />Consumer goods<br />Coffee machine, washing machine, …<br />Industrial goods<br />Instrumentation panels, printers, …<br />Design & Engineering bureaus<br />Designers of new products commissioned by other companies<br />Medical goods<br />Kidney dialyses, measuring equipment, …<br />
    19. 19. 1.2. Customers & trends<br />Rapid / Additive Manufacturing<br />Using prototyping techniques to make final series components<br />Advantages<br />Designs tailored to the customer<br />Free-form design without limitations of traditional production techniques like tooling<br />Smart design can lead to<br />Integrated functionality<br />Avoiding (expensive) assembly<br />
    20. 20. 1.2. Evolution and trends<br />Examples freeform functionality <br />
    21. 21. A few examples – .MGX Design Products<br />
    22. 22. A few examples - prototypes<br />
    23. 23. Agenda<br />Materialise…?<br />Use of prototype models<br />Examples<br />
    24. 24. Screwdriver<br />Customer did not want to wait for series components to …<br />Launch marketing already<br />Give demo parts to their sales team<br />Solution<br />Visual SLA models for marketing<br />Huge time gain<br />4. Examples<br />
    25. 25. Garbish bin<br />Customer did not want to wait for series components to …<br />Launch marketing already<br />Test compatibility of whole system<br />Solution<br />Mix of in-house technologies to have a functional and visual prototype in one.<br />Extra RIM component that whitstands high force to test the part for strength<br />Assembly of all parts with the wheels supplied by the customer<br />4. Examples<br />
    26. 26. Bumper<br />Customer wanted to introduce the concept integrating the head lights in the bumper instead of in the chassis<br />The customer needed the bumper skin to assemble everything together according to the new concept, to show this to their potential customers<br />Solution<br />Visual model for sales purposes<br />Bumper skin built in one piece on Mammoth stereolithography machine<br />Material similar to PP<br />Top quality lacqering similar to series components<br />4. Examples<br />
    27. 27. 4. Examples<br />Concept Cars: Pininfarina Sintesi<br />
    28. 28. 4. Examples<br />Hearing Aid<br />Trim plane<br />Assembly check<br />De-aeration channel<br />Shell generation<br />Point cloud<br />Battery door<br />
    29. 29. 4. Examples<br />More cases... Have a look at:<br /><br />MaterialiseOnsite:<br /><br />