Schivo join SEAM at the Launch of the new Additive Manufacturing Training Centre at Waterford Institute of Technology and to celebrate its 10th Anniversary.
Schivo was proud to join Dr Ramesh Raghavendra and his team at SEAM (South East Advanced Manufacturing) WIT to celebrate its 10th anniversary and launch of its new 3D Advanced Manufacturing Centre.
Schivo have partnered with SEAM on many projects over the course of the last 10 years to advance our expertise and knowledge to pass on to our customers. One of which was a partnership with included SEAM, medical device manufacturer Boston Scientific and Lisnabrin engineering. We carried out a DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering) investigative project funded by IDA, EI and LEO (Local Enterprise Office) to evaluate how industrial partners of all scales could benefit from the adoption 3D printing. This project resulted in the installation of a full metal additive manufacturing suite in SEAM with all partners afforded access for real time evaluation of the technology. The benefit of Additive Manufacturing on metal is that the process requires no tools and the technology is available on demand. This allows us to provide an excellent solution to our customers when they are developing a new device as it enables further design modifications or product changes to be implemented quickly and at minimal cost.
Dr Jonathan Downey represented Schivo along with Dan Buck, Head of Device Engineering Group, Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Dr.Triona Kennedy , Advanced Projects Manager, Stryker Ireland and Noel Lynch, Managing Director, EDPAC, Cork joined Dr Ramesh Raghavendra in presenting at the event. Jonathan recognised the SEAM centre as an excellent resource for Schivo in terms of the cutting edge technical equipment available, coupled with the impressive expertise provided by Ramesh and his team. SEAM has provided a complimentary extension of our business which in turn our customers benefit from.
Our latest collaboration with SEAM was the (DTIF) Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund. Together with orthopaedic medical technologies firm Stryker, Graph engineering innovation and trauma and orthopaedic surgeon Mr Benny Anto Padinjarathala from University Hospital Waterford. The group will come together to develop technology that will improve osseointegration (bone to device connectivity) of medical devices.
Schivo partner with companies for the design and manufacture of complex mechanical and electromechanical components and assemblies for the medical device and life Science instrument market. We offer our customers access to the most advanced technologies and materials to bring their device, component, implant or full build from concept to reality. Schivo has long recognised that additive capabilities play an important role in this journey. We understand that precision and speed are key in the development process. Our additive printing capabilities allow us to provide our customers with a very fast turnaround on prototypes. We can then work with our customer to design for manufacturing and move the product from concept stage into production. With our inhouse capabilities we can support our customers product from precision machining, fabrication, coatings, assembly to build and test the full device and package it ready to ship.
Additive technologies at Schivo
In 2015 Schivo launched the 3D FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) printing partnership with Stratasys. FDM additive manufacturing works by building up layer by layer heating and extruding thermoplastic filament. This is perfect for creating complex geometries that are durable. FDM is the only 3D printing process that uses materials like ABS, PC-ISO, PC and ULTEM 9085 which allows an excellent strength to weight ratio. We use the Fortus 400mc 3D large size production system. This allows us to build parts as large as 406 x 355mm x 460 mm (16 x 14 x 16in.) Customers can choose from 11 different materials to print prototypes. Schivo combine our knowledge of the medical device sector with our additive manufacturing capabilities to provide our customers fast turnaround of prototypes for medical device components and finished devices. We can work with our customers to bring their device concept from prototype through design for manufacturing to full product build and test.
Hugo Ferreira, our in-house Additive Manufacturing engineer answered some frequently asked questions on additive manufacturing. Hugo trained with Stratasys in 2012 in the US and worked internationally with the
technology before joining our team in 2017.
FDM : Frequently asked questions
Are FDM parts as strong as components as built using traditional manufacturing methods?
Yes but the orientation of a printed part on the build platform has an effect on its strength. Parts are much stronger along the x y axis of the build than on the z axis.
Can you print Biocompatible Materials?
Yes we have worked on products for orthopaedic application where we have printed on ABS-M30I and PC-ISO.
What is the tolerance for Biocompatible Materials?
The tolerance for biocompatible materials ABSN30I and PC-ISO is 0.25 XYZ.
When is additive printing not a good option?
Additive printing is an excellent option for the prototype phase of a device or component but when the product is leaving the prototyping phase and moving to production it is wise to design for manufacturing to ramp up production. When small quantity of parts are required for manufacture additive printing is a viable solution however if you are looking at large quantities precision manufacturing can be a more cost-effective solution.
If you have any queries regarding additive printing or you are looking for a fast turn around on a prototype please fill in the below form to talk to a member of our prototyping or additive manufacturing team.