Feb.18, 2013

Dr. Kevin A. Mansmann of Formae, Inc.. Arthroscopy Research Institute, Orthopaedic Sports & Arthritis Surgery evaluated parts 3D Printed in 618 nylon and immediately began research for uses in Arthroscopy /Arthritis Surgery. Dr. Mansmann will be the first to use the new 680 nylon 3D Printing material as it’s specifically designed to meet ISO 10993 medical grade requirements.

Dr. Kevin A. Mansmann: We are seeing the features needed in preliminary samples of 618. We are very excited about the possibilities and are continuing work with this material in the medical grade 680.


Of course, one of the most significant features of 3D Printing is the ability to print a part that is difficult or impossible to make with a CNC machine. Parts with intricate tubes, passages, chambers and internal pliable valves can easily be 3D printed with 618. Take those features from the mechanical to the clinical and one can print sensitive electrochemical components that otherwise would require very expensive tooling for a limited number of parts.

At the Institute of Biotechnology, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology University of Cambridge, UK, Dr Dave Bailey is involved in this specific type of research where 618 is the only 3D Printed material that will provide the set of features needed for several new components.

Dr Dave Bailey, Cambridge: I am designing and printing novel reaction chamber configurations for human and environmental diagnostics applications. I cannot be more forthcoming at the moment but will update when I can. We are currently using a Delta style filament 3D Printer and 618 nylon.

Technical Development and Design

Moving from the Medical fields into industry, there have been hundreds of technical design firms that have incorporated 3D Printing into their list of services. Those that use the reprap style 3D Printers have only been able to provide parts that could be evaluated for basic “form” and in some cases “fit”. In the three months since it’s release, 618 has been selected by several design firms that are now actively printing “Form/Fit/Function” parts for their clients.

Neil Waldbaum, Principle Designer at Deep Orange Design, a leading design firm in Australia was an early adopter of 618.

Neil Waldbaum: Deep Orange Design is a product design & development company. We generally help inventors realize their ideas by taking their fuzzy thoughts from the back of a napkin and turn them into tangible prototypes you can hold in your hand. We chose to use 618 as an alternative to ABS or PLA on our dual head 3D Touch because we were looking for a material with good structural properties and flex without snapping. 618 has proven to provide those characteristics successfully.


Other design firms have already won contracts resulting from their experience in 3D printing parts with 618. Acuity Design, a product design and development firm in Missoula, MT was part of the initial 3D printing community testing of 618. Because of their significant experience printing parts in 618, evidenced by numerous forum and community postings on the internet, they were selected by a global renewable energy firm to produce functional prototype parts for their designs. Acuity’s experience with 618 has also led to their selection as a satellite research firm for Medical part evaluations. Michael Manhardt, President of Acuity Design had this to say when asked how 618 has impacted his business.

Michael Manhardt : Acuity is dedicated to the vision of the RepRap project, decentralizing and democratizing access to manufacturing. taulman 618 has given us a leg up against competitors with much more expensive equipment and materials. Being able to print such durable parts on our relatively inexpensive printers has opened doors for us that we couldn't have kicked down before.


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