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With the introduction of Liquid Crystal 3D printing, your CAD designs can be transformed into functioning models; all it takes is a slice and load, a pour, a few clicks and you’ve got yourself a 3D printed design.
Instead of purchasing merchandise we thought one better – let’s design them in-house and print them! Using cad software, we designed personalised Photocentric gift pens to give to our customers and visitors at shows, events and office meetings.
Supports were then added to the design before slicing it with our Photocentric Studio software. The design was then printed on the Liquid Crystal Precision printer at 50 microns, using our Blue Hard Precision resin (Coming Soon).
The printed bed of 3D pen designs are then cured and washed, ready for the parts to be removed from the platform.
With a simple snap, the supports were removed from the pen parts and the two sections of the pen design were fitted together using the 3D printed thread, giving the finished result.
Tucked into many visitors' bags after their visits,
our personalised Photocentric gift pens make their way across the globe putting pen to paper!
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Printed on the Liquid Crystal Precision
Print time: 12 hours (full bed)
Artist Design International
Artist Design International is an interior design company, responsible for the commercial space planning of airport duty-free shops and department stores, providing residential interior design regulations for planned service. Recently, Artist Design cooperated with 3DMart’s 3D printing business for a design case for commercial space, by using their LCD 3D technology to complete the design counter of the commercial space.
Dalmore Whisky, the brand of the design case, is a well-known brand and is recognized by its eye-catching deer head logo.
Perfectly matched with 3D Print & Design project
In the past decorations for precious space design projects have been made mostly by artificial oil soil, after being kneaded into a model and then finished by using the mold-turning method.
Why use 3D printing technology?
As customers are now requiring a more precise product of decorative display objects, we considered bringing the use of 3D printing technology into our work. Customers now provide us with the complete 3D model file and we print it.
Artist Design manager said, “At the beginning I also wanted to use CNC or metal processing/related processes, but after the final evaluation of price and time, I still felt that the 3D printing method was more in line with our costs requirements.
3D printing is much cheaper than other methods of manufacturing, and almost every required detail can be produced.”
Using the Liquid Crystal HR 3D printer, the deer logo was successfully 3D printed for the commercial space decoration. After printing, the deer model was sent off for electroplating.
Slight deformation can be caused by post-processing (electroplating), this can be prevented. After the print has completed, be sure to wait for the resin to cure before proceeding with the repair work.
Using tools to remove the supports, 3DMart’s mission came to an end. The finished 3D deer head logo was sent to the professional electroplating factory for surface finishing treatment, transforming it into a shiny looking metal finished piece.
Deer head printed on Liquid Crystal HR with supports
Deer head printed on Liquid Crystal HR with supports removed
The finished deer head decoration looks very delicate. At first glance, people will think that it a real metal object.
Artist Design mainly provide design for commercial space planning at present but are looking to develop their service into interior design for residencies, so that customers can also enjoy exquisite living experience space as well as commercial space.
3DMart were very honored to have had the opportunity to participate in the design case for Dalmore and were extremely happy with the finished result.
Artist Design International Ltd.
Official website: http://www.artist-design.com.tw/
Address: 6th Floor, 9th Floor, No. 1 Baosheng Road, Yonghe District, New Taipei City (3DMart’s good neighbour)
Counter with the deer head print added. The display of the goods is very extraordinary!
If you have any counter design needs, or if you are looking for an interior designer, contact Artist International Ltd!
Using the LCPro in Surgical Planning
The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry, is a specialist orthopaedic hospital with a long tradition of innovation in treatment of their patients. Now looking to introduce 3D printing into their surgical planning, they have reached out to us to help make this a reality. Traditionally 3D printing for surgery is a very time-consuming and expensive process, but here at Photocentric we are working to significantly lower these barriers, as it has the potential to dramatically improve patient care and recovery rates.
A complex hip operation
Mr Nigel Kiely is an orthopaedic surgeon at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, specialising in children’s orthopaedics. Using models produced on an LC Pro printer, he recently helped with planning a complex femoral osteotomy in a juvenile patient who had a hip deformity. To aid with the planning of this procedure, we 3D printed out the top portion of the femur.
In situ femur in the pelvis
Automatically processed model
Manually processed model.
The importance of a good segmentation.
In juvenile patients the bone is not fully fused, so the un-ossified tissue will not always be clear in a CT scan. As such, automatic segmentation may not capture all the features of the area of interest. In this case, both an automatically processed and manually processed model were produced to see the difference this made to the appearance of the model. A full in-situ print of the right femur was also created to help explain the procedure to the patient and their family, so easy comparison could be made with a healthy joint.
Mr Kiely was able to plan the necessary cuts in advance, along with pre-shaping the implant needed for successful correction. It enabled a thorough appreciation of the deformity and the surgical team were also to perform the osteotomy on the model and pre-plan the surgery.
This type of practice before the operation is valuable in such complex cases.
Planning the cuts and repositioning of parts of the femur.
Print preparation and finishing cost/£
The cost benefits of 3D printing for surgery
In theatre-approx 1 hour @ approximately £1200 per hour.