Production tools are one of the applications where additive manufacturing (AM) truly shines. One illustrative example of this is the redesign of a suction gripper that lights light, cylindrical objects in a series production system. The redesign, in which Materialise worked closely with the customer, resulted in several significant improvements. To name but one: manufacturing costs per gripper were halved.

In terms of economic as well as ecological sustainability, this call is absolutely true and future-oriented. When it comes to repairing moulds and components instead of producing new ones, laser metal deposition (LMD) is a proven key technology - with a growing potential for new areas of application. The focus of the "reFORM" workshop at the CHIRON Group's OPEN HOUSE 2022 was on the automation of LMD repair processes. And one thing became clear: it's not that simple. But those who know how to implement it gain time, save costs and - act in an extremely sustainable manner.

OTworld is the sector’s largest get-together and the world's most important meeting place for all manufacturers, dealers and service providers in the field of modern medical aids and equipment. WASP will be present from 10 to 13 May at Hall 05 Stand B08 with the new offer for the Digital Orthopedic Laboratory and two new 3D printers of the Industrial Delta WASP large format line, the 4070 FX and the 4070 HDP. It will be possible to book an appointment, with a WASP expert, useful for understanding the feasibility and the necessary path to 3D printing busts and orthoses.

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