RTM turned to Stratasys’ 3D printing technology to produce prototypes with
greater and more affordable personalization. This improves patient outcomes,
usability and affordability. Additionally, 3D printing is a clean process, enabling
manufacturers to go from scan to design to print in a digital-only environment.
“3D printing skips this time-consuming resin-soaking process and eliminates
the restrictions of the foam. For us, Stratasys’ technology gives us greater
manufacturing freedom than chalk molding and far surpasses those of other
artisan prosthetics,” said Antenucci.
3D printing allows RTM to produce individual prosthesis molds by mirroring
scans of the unaffected limb. These are then covered in silicon to produce
the final prosthesis, with the 3D printed core model later removed.
in FDM thermoplastics, these prosthesis molds are mechanically strong and
perform much like the final product.
The growing demand for personalized prosthetics requires the ability to
customize quickly and with reliable results. By using additive manufacturing,
RTM can produce durable prosthetics with unparalleled precision in a wide
range of advanced 3D printing materials to save both time and costs.
“By introducing Stratasys 3D printing in-house we can receive a customer
scan from anywhere in the world in a matter of minutes and can rapid
prototype the mold within a few hours. Since installing the technology,
we have cut our prosthetic tool turnaround time by as much as 93%,”