Distek’s challenge was to produce a motor adapter that was compatible between their proprietary bioreactor and their clients’ motors. However, the adapter design wasn’t easily manufacturable by CNC machining, injection molding, or even cast urethane. In addition, the company needed a fast turnaround, to meet immediate customer needs for a variety of adapter sizes in low volumes. High up-front tooling costs and long lead times, plus low-volume demand, ruled out traditional methods. As a result, InterPRO turned to 3D printing as a possible solution.
Dan Straka, InterPRO’s president, thought 3D printing could be a fast and cost-effective option for Distek, but he needed to find a suitable 3D printing technology and a material that could meet the application’s tough requirements. Previous prints using FDM technology did not produce acceptable results, due to poor surface finish and aesthetics and prohibitive costs. Enter the Stratasys Origin One 3D printer, which he had purchased in 2019 for exactly this type of challenge. InterPRO was sure they could achieve the economical results Distek needed and produce consumer-grade parts using the Stratasys Origin One.