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Is 3D printing a body jacket a good idea?

Is 3D printing a body jacket a good idea?

With the assistance of reliable, professional partners, Shapemakers provides you with a new digital manufacturing technology for 3D printing individual Body jackets. Beyond replacing traditional labor-intensive manufacturing, this 3D printing solution allows for variations in stiffness and the incorporation of ventilation holes in different areas.

This technology enables the creation of 3D prints in a single workflow, eliminating time-consuming efforts such as manual adjustments, material combinations, and adhesive processes. An optimized workflow provides orthopedic technologists with more time for clients. Furthermore, this solution supports the transition to a more sustainable manufacturing method without generating a significant amount of waste.

The Steps

The production of a 3D-printed body jacket involves several steps: Firstly, we need a 3D model to create the design file. Initially, the patient needs to be scanned using a 3D scanner. Secondly, the 3D model is loaded into correction software where the orthopedic specialist can customize it to fit the patient and provide support in the right places. The model is enhanced by defining areas of varying stiffness and, if desired, zones for ventilation. Finally, the brace can be 3D printed by Shapemakers using a specially designed 3D printer.

Polypropylene (PP)

We utilize 3D printing filament made from PP (Polypropylene). Nowadays, most personalized body jackets are made with PP as it’s an approved material for orthopedic body jackets. Our 3D printing process significantly limits waste generation. Another advantage of using this 3D printing method (plastic melting) is that it ensures a dust-free production environment.

In Summary

Shapemakers offers a 3D printing solution for creating personalized body jackets, preventing time-consuming efforts and allowing orthopedic technologists more time with clients. The production process involves creating a 3D model through a professional scan, customizing it in correction software, and printing it using a 3D printer. Polypropylene (PP) is used as the 3D printing filament due to its approval as a suitable material and its waste-minimization characteristics. Additionally, the dust-free production process guarantees an environmentally friendly manufacturing approach.

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To place an order with us, you need to have an organization account. Would you like to order orthopedic molds and/or 3D prints? We have our own order portal for our customers, where you can place orders and track their status.

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