3D Printing & the hearing aid industry
For those who have not heard of the company Rapid Shape, it is a German company that specializes in the generative rapid prototyping field as well as rapid manufacturing. It was founded in 2011 and aims to bring generative technology in 3D manufacturing.
Today, Rapid Shape unveils 3D printers for the hearing aid industry which is not a new concept as other companies, such as Sonova, have made strides to impact hearing care solutions . CEO Andreas Schultheiss explains that “The new Hearing printers make it quicker and easier than ever to produce professional and biocompatible hearing aid parts. Rapid Shape has worked closely with our customers and material partners to develop the new generation of 3D printers that meet and exceed current needs. ”
The printers Studio-Line HA20 II, HA30 II and HA40 II will change the market by its innovative technology. In about 30 minutes or so, the HA20 II can create several ear pieces. The HA30 II and HA40 II is said to offer high productivity capacity. The difference between the two is the HA30 II’s compact device dimension and HA40 II’s building platform measured at 150x85mm. Such a printer is advantageous to the larger laboratories and producers. New models of the printers have been presented at the Congrès des audioprothésistes in France for the first time between the 23rd and 25th of March 2018.
Andreas Schultheiss believes that these printers can generate a win-win outcome for the consumer, material partner and system manufacturer. Costs can be significantly reduced while maintaining compliance with the process and medical directives.
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