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Additive Manufacturing

Function-optimised components with limitless design possibilities

In recent years, 3D printing and the relevant production technologies have triggered a genuine innovation boost. Entire generations of designers are now thinking and designing in all dimensions without limitations thanks to additive manufacturing.

WILD already recognised this trend several years ago and is making intensive use of the various manufacturing techniques available on the market, especially in the field of design samples and operational models. These years of experience are now fully available to our customers. Since 3D printing technologies are still young technologies, the latest developments, trends and production methods must be analysed and assessed for economic applicability at the shortest possible intervals.
At the same time, however, classic manufacturing methods still maintain their raison d‘être, as serious consideration must be given to when and for which applications additive manufacturing is worthwhile.


Profitable additive manufacturing

When 3D-printed parts are used in serial production, the geometrical complexity of a part is an essential factor in addition to the lot size and material selection. Complex geometrical shapes can be implemented at a very low price using additive manufacturing. This is precisely where WILD sees a potential. We subject the design to a critical review and examine which functional tasks can be implemented as 3D-printed parts in serial production. Current developments in the 3D printing sector demonstrate that, nowadays, even CFRP parts can be implemented with the suitable manufacturing equipment.


Suction system with a multi-material design casing

Additive manufacturing plays to its strengths where conventional manufacturing reaches its limits. Moreover, it reduces the
time to market of new products. WILD has already furnished proof thereof in a unique suction system used in ophthalmology. This suction system, which is directly integrated in an eye laser surgery system, is positioned without any vibrations and very closely above the patient‘s eye shortly before the intervention begins, completely removing the particle clouds that are generated during treatment.
This solution is made possible thanks to a multi-material casing design implemented using rapid prototyping. This stable and biocompatible casing provides the necessary support and, at the same time, integrates the electronic systems, the suction and cable channels, the mounting for lighting elements and the thermal management.