From CNC to 3D Printing

As a mature cumulative manufacturing technology, 3D printing has been extensively used in colorful diligence. At present, it has been introduced into the field of plastic surgery and used in the design and development of plastic surgery medical instruments and outfits.

Because of the sustainability of 3D printing and the effective use of time, the product effectiveness of the medical device manufacturing assiduity has been bettered. We can witness the positive impact of 3D printing in the field of medical bias from the following cooperation cases. They combined 3D printing and digitalization to give cases with internally designed and customized insoles and orthotics, thereby perfecting the effectiveness of adjuvant treatment and the effectiveness of the diurnal operation.

Due to the invention and effectiveness of 3D printing, this new technology is used in combination with traditional styles to treat posterior tibial tenosynovitis. In this case, the Raise3D E2 3D printer was used for the product of orthopedic insoles. The glass mode of E2’s IDEX ( independent binary snoot system) can support publishing a brace of orthopedic insoles at the same time.


Figure| Finished 3D published orthopedic insole with veneer

The traditional manufacturing system of orthopedic insoles

Each brace of orthopedic insoles needs to be customized according to the requirements of the case, which is a big challenge to the traditional manufacturing process.
In the traditional manufacturing process, it’s first necessary to use a CNC machine to shop a piece of material to gain the needed insole prototype. Also, it’s necessary to calculate on more precise CNC machines and a large quantum of homemade labor to perform more detailed rubbing of the insole prototype. In this process, to ensure the delicacy of the structure area with the orthopedic function, it’ll consume more rubbing time. Making orthopedic insoles in traditional ways is a time-consuming and complicated process. In addition, debris and dust will be generated during the product, which will contaminate the working terrain and hang the health of workers.

3D printing orthopedic insole product system

Put aside the traditional CAD-CAM mechanical manufacturing process, use high- continuity and strong PP consumables to print orthopedic insoles to more realize the case’s bottom orthopedic function. Compared with traditional artificer, the production process using 3D printing technology is simpler and more precise.

First, overlook the case’s bottom, and also use CAD to make a 3D orthopedic insole model for the bottom problem. Also, upload the model train to the 3D slicing software ideaMaker. To optimize the mechanical parcels of the insole, the shape and chance of the model filling can also be set during the slicing process. For illustration, the honeycomb filling shape can make the whole structure more stable and not fluently misshaped. Different stuffing shape designs can optimize the deformability and comfort of the orthopedic insole.

After uploading the acclimated model train to the 3D printer ever, the IDEX system of E2 will publish the left and right insoles at the same time in the glass mode. After carrying the high-perfection published corridor of the insole, wrap the insole with EVA or other special accouterments suitable for skin contact to make the final orthopedic insole product.

The entire production process including scanning, designing, and publishing doesn’t exceed 24 hours.

The advantages of 3D printing for orthopedic insoles

3D printing technology simplifies the traditional production process and shortens the product and delivery time. 3D models can be realized through simple digitization, without complicated machines and tools. Using the Raise3D E2 printer, a brace of orthopedic insoles can be produced in 2-3 hours, and the entire printing process is automated without complicated homemade operations. The traditional manufacturing process of insoles will calculate on numerous instruments, and it’ll take a longer time for model proofreading and adaptation. This case demonstrates the feasibility and unique advantages of 3D printing in the field of orthopedic insole products.

3D printing, high- effectiveness product mode

For the product of orthopedic insoles, 3D printing technology is a largely effective product mode. Druggies can centrally design models and also mass-produce them. With 3D printing, multiple duplications of design verification and revision can be excluded. Thanks to the mass production of 3D printing, delivery time can also be greatly reduced.

3D printers bring a further environmentally friendly working terrain

Raise3D’s E2 printer is equipped with a HEPA air filtration system, which can filter the bank released during the heating of the printing material, furnishing a cleaner and healthier terrain to acclimatize to further areas that bear the product terrain.

Advantages of using important 3D printing software
PP is named as the printing material, and its high continuity and strong performance support the bow of the bottom, which can achieve a better orthopedic effect. When slicing the model, the correct parameter settings can enable different accouterments to show stylish performance. Choosing a suitable 3D slicing software will simplify this step.

For illustration ideaMaker is a 3D printing slicing software, with colorful preset templates ( including PP and TPU accouterments) set according to different accouterments. Its main advantage is that druggies can customize internal structural parameters, similar as filling viscosity, filling angle, etc., to acclimate and optimize the mechanical parcels of the published product.

Figure| When using ideaMaker to slice the model, acclimate the mechanical parcels of the model

Raise3D optimizes the whole process of orthopedic insoles

Choose Raise3D E2 3D printer for orthopedic insole product. As an entry- position professional 3D printer, E2 can meet the utmost of the printing requirements, and has strong space rigidity, and can be placed in small spaces similar to services or small workrooms. E2’s IDEX system supports glass mode, which can publish a brace of insoles at the same time, greatly perfecting product effectiveness.

In the insole production process, the ideaMaker 3D printing slicing software is used to strengthen the internal structure of the insole to enhance the toughness of the insole and prevent it from being deformed. When using ideaMaker, the consumables tested and certified by Raise3D will have a preset configuration file to better exert the best performance of different materials and produce insoles with excellent performance. E2 is compatible with a variety of consumables, including PP, and users can directly download related model files to understand the characteristics of the materials.

Figure | Raise3D product chain assists the complete production process of orthopedic insoles

3D printing helps the medical field
3D printing provides better customization, precision, beautiful appearance and lightweight structure, and also greatly shortens the overall production time and can use the accurate patient data obtained. Successful cases of using 3D printing technology to make orthopedic insoles, using Raise3D printer and slicing software to complete the complete manufacturing process of orthopedic insoles, demonstrating the excellent capabilities and efficiency of Raise3D products and services. The entire plastic surgery and orthopedic auxiliary equipment model design, verification, and production process use the Raise3D ecosystem, which greatly improves production efficiency.

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