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Stratasys 3D Printing Helps Hyphen Project Everything Better, Including Human Veins
Date:11/19/2013

luding testing with extreme heat and vibration, enabling the identification of potential field failures or other issues early in the product development cycle.

"The Stratasys FDM process creates functional prototypes that have high heat deflection temperatures and exceptional chemical and solvent resistance, which is essential for us, as some projectors need products that must withstand very high temperatures," commented Barfoot. "The materials are an exact match of the final product, so whether we are doing vibration or drop-testing, EMI, or thermal, they will behave very similar to the final injection molded parts."

For more rubber-like materials, the company turned to Stratasys' PolyJet-based Connex multi-material 3D printing technology, which enables Hyphen to combine rigid and flexible material properties.

"We are seeing more and more companies combining PolyJet and FDM 3D printed parts in the same products - enabling true functional realism during the design phase," said  Bruce Bradshw, Director of Marketing, Stratasys. "By producing working prototypes that can be tested in extreme conditons, manufacturers can more easily evaluate product features and continue to make iterative changes until the optimal design is achieved."

For  the medical sector, Hyphen used both FDM and PolyJet 3D printing technologies to develop a prototype for the VeinViewer® product, an innovative device that utilizes near-infrared light to detect subcutaneous blood and instantly projects a real-time image of the patient's veins directly onto the surface of the skin. The VeinViewer imaging system is designed to help improve peripheral vascular access and is currently being used in facilities in over 40 countries around the world.

"Having the ability to introduce both technologies into the additive manufacturing process was critical to perfecting
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