Courtesy of Gina Scala, Stratasys Apr 23, 2019 For many years, 3D Printing was an abstract concept. The technology “could” be used to advance innovation, streamline design cycles, and power manufacturing, but there was little or no proof. Industries started to explore how to align additive manufacturing across business, but there were few use-cases to lean on. Fast-forward to present day and industrial-grade additive manufacturing is having a real and significant impact on markets ranging from aerospace to consumer packaged goods. But with this maturity comes an entirely new set of challenges. The industry is at a place where 3D printing can actually reshape traditional manufacturing processes. As proven by Stratasys use-cases, the technology is quite effective at disrupting legacy models to boost innovation and design, power time-to-market. and accelerate revenue. But be careful – there’s still a ton of work to be done in education and training to bridge the gap between industry and academia. The new Deloitte Insights report (co-authored by Stratasys and the Lanterman Group) stresses the critical nature of collaboration across business and education environments. Only by working together can the two better prepare and train the next-generation of additive manufacturing talent – effectively scaling AM into production uses. Based on countless interviews with both academics and industry experts, the piece analyzes best approaches to achieving a highly-capable additive manufacturing workforce through education. Deloitte’s report notes today’s educational institutions are in a unique position to bridge this skills gap. Tools at their disposal include curriculum development, construction of world-class facilities, cutting-edge research, and accelerated internships – each exposing students to the right AM technology, know-how and real-world implementations. The missing element is real and long-lasting partnerships across industry leaders, educators, and even students. But good news – the market is well aware of this gap, and seems willing to advance both design and process knowledge. To make this possible, both market and academic leaders must start directly focusing on five “musts” in workforce evolution: Multi-disciplinary understanding of core AM knowledge sets, including material science, design and engineering Robust design education and knowledge – specifically Design-for-AM (DfAM) Programs to nurture powerful and innovative thinkers Awareness of AM’s link to transforming legacy manufacturing processes Construction of a business-case and ROI mindset And while there’s no single approach to fit every circumstance, there are readily available methodologies, approaches and strategies that every company and academic institution CAN and SHOULD adopt – moving from opportunity to implementation. Now’s the time for each to step back and uncover the best approaches to connecting and collaborating with one another. That’s the only way true transformation is possible. Want to take a closer look at the Deloitte research and use cases from Stratasys users? Learn more about the power of Stratasys’ industrial-grade technology – and then access the Deloitte paper here.
Stratasys is transforming 3D printing again! Today, April 1st, Stratasys presented their answer to industry-ready additive tech to the world at AMUG 2019, and the superior capabilities of this desktop sized 3D printer are no joke. “The F120 is designed to be easier to own, but with industrial strength,” said Gina Scala, director of marketing, global education, Stratasys. This versatile, desktop-sized system is being presented at a price point 40% lower than models with comparable capabilities. “We’re making it easier to use and more accessible than ever before for the folks that it matters to,” said Scala. “This is all about accessibility, it’s set up to empower the next generation of designers, engineers and educators. It has an industrial grade feature set but it’s at a price point that’s more manageable for small to medium sized design firms.” Features that underscore the F120’s accessibility: Plug and Print capability: The F120 is easy to install and set up, and requires minimal know-how. Even novices can get started 3D printing from the get-go. Allows for multiple uses in a single system: the versatile F120 can support everything from rapid prototyping and tooling to full manufacturing. Prints up to 3X faster than competitive solutions: Not to mention, expanded print time capabilities with round-the-clock printing dependability and performance. Want to learn more? Stay tuned to our social platforms and make sure to register for Dig It. Fab It. Make It. on May 17, 2019 at WPI. Gina Scala will introduce this industry-changing system to attendees from the New England edu community, and demonstrate how it will expand what’s possible in today’s engineering programs.
First published on the Stratasys blog on October 9th 2019, by Jessica Coughlin. Next Tuesday, October 15, marks the day when the most biomechanically realistic synthetic version of yourself – or at least certain key bones, organs and other tissues – becomes possible thanks to the new Stratasys J750™ Digital Anatomy™ 3D Printer. As Stratasys-watchers know, we’ve been able to produce incredibly realistic-looking parts of the human anatomy on the J750 for a while now, leading to some remarkable stories, like the kidney cancer story we profiled at Bordeaux University Hospital. However, with Digital Anatomy, we’re now boldly venturing into replication of the actual feel, responsiveness, and biomechanics of human anatomy. That’s important because up until now, the only real way to represent human anatomy well is on a human being. And that’s not always a good idea. The other options all have significant shortcomings. To cite just a few: Cadavers are highly processed and, by definition, lack “live tissue feel.” Animals only approximate human anatomy and present ethical concerns. Traditional 3D models lack the biomechanics for optimal product training and testing. Virtual reality lack haptic feel and the ability to simultaneously view from all models. It’s unlikely that animal, cadaver or existing synthetic models will include the pathology of interest. The Digital Anatomy 3D Printer addresses all of these issues. For example, when used with the new TissuesMatrix™ material, we can effectively simulate functions like tear resistance, cutting resistance, suture pull force and valve regurgitation. With GelMatrix™ for cardiovascular anatomy, we can simulate burst pressure, guidewire insertion force, and aneurysm burst pressure. BoneMatrix™ can simulate tapping, reaming, spinal alignment and sawing. All of these and others are being clinically tested today. The new Stratasys J750 Digital Anatomy 3D Printer has the power to create true “digital twins” – with the look, feel, and function of real organs The new solution includes new software in which you choose anatomies, not materials. The proprietary voxel-based slicer automatically generates the microstructures required, right down to different bone densities. The user can then modify the characteristics to replicate the desired patient demographic as needed. These “digital twins” have wide-ranging uses. Academic medical centers are expected to embrace them for efficient and cost-effective training on a range of pathologies, enabling clinicians to learn and develop skills prior to entering an operating room. Medical deviceMakers can use the Digital Anatomy models to optimize design throughout the product lifecycle by performing design verification, validation usability studies, competitive comparisons and failure analysis. The latest healthcare solution from Stratasys has been years in the making, and new applications are expected in the future. Learn more about the Stratasys J750 Digital Anatomy 3D Printer.