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HP 3D printer used for prosthetic limbs

Crispin Orthotics has invested in a 3D printing solution which it has used to create prosthetic limbs.

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Crispin Orthotic’s use of the HP’s Multi Jet Fusion printer is indicative of how 3D printing is revolutionising the orthotics industry

The clinic specialising in the production and maintenance of orthosis approached Europac 3D seeking a new printing solution and Computer Aided Design (CAD) software package that could reduce printing costs and increase the speed of part production.

Following a recommendation from Europac 3D, the firm has recently invested in a HP 4200 Multi Jet Fusion printer which it has used to create its projects.

The increased speed and cost reduction achieved from the new machine means that hundreds of customised and completely personal orthotics can be 3D printed overnight in one 12-hour build process.

Having the ability to create a bespoke devise that is lightweight, durable and accurate to 0.2mm has obvious benefits to the user. The business also benefits from the speed of 3D printing parts as well as cost savings of approximately 40% on each part by removing the need for multiple components in the supply chain and assembly

The HP 3D printer was paired with Siemens NX software featuring topology optimisation, which not only allows technicians to strip weight from the design but also add strength to key areas.

Mark Thaxter, managing director of Crispin Orthotics, says: “3D scanning and printing has revolutionised the speed and quality of parts we’re able to produce for clients.

“Having the ability to create a bespoke devise that is lightweight, durable and accurate to 0.2mm has obvious benefits to the user. The business also benefits from the speed of 3D printing parts as well as cost savings of approximately 40% on each part by removing the need for multiple components in the supply chain and assembly.”

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