Brisbane-based iOrthotics purchased HP’s Jet Fusion 3D 4200 printing solution. The Australian orthotics manufacturer will be one of the first manufacturers to completely transition from polypropylene milling to 3D additive manufacturing. HP solution will enable iOrthotics with a faster, more sustainable method of producing custom-made orthotic devices that are significantly stronger.
Dean Hartley, iOrthotics founding director and general manager, citing a University of Queensland research and testing, said that devices manufactured by HP’s Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology are 40-60% stronger than those produced using traditional polypropylene milling.
3D printing specialist Evok3d has delivered HP’s Jet Fusion 3D 4200 printing solution to the vendor’s first commercial 3D print customer in Australia.
iOrthotics, which develops custom orthotic soles for podiatrists, will be helping out patients, who depend upon their orthotics for comfort and wellbeing, by providing them devices that are strong, sturdy and dependable.
The change in the process helps the manufacturer to also boost their present productivity from about 30 plastic devices to 120 devices per day.