3D Systems, the US developer of of rapid prototyping and manufacturing systems, now plans to introduce, in partnership with Dreve Otoplastik, a compact, fast, low-cost hearing aid manufacturing system based on its Film Transfer Imaging (FTI) technology.
The V-Flash HA 230 desktop manufacturing system will be able to build high-quality, 3D hearing aid shells within hours.
Dreve Otoplastik, a hearing aid and materials manufacturer, is developing materials specifically for the V-Flash system to provide hearing aid shell production capabilities to its customers. Dreve Otoplastik will be the world-wide distributor for the the systems when they go on sale in the autumn this year.
The V-Flash HA 230 system weighs about 100 pounds and has a maximum build volume of 6.75 by 9 inches and 8 inches tall. With standard power requirements, it requires very little floor space.
Finished hearing aid shells will exhibit stereolithography-like accuracy, precision and quality. A proprietary cartridge system allows easy use of multiple colours back-to-back and provides the ability to change materials mid-build.
More information on the new system is available at www.dreve.com.