Hear it is

3D Systems plans to introduce, in partnership with Dreve Otoplastik, a compact, fast, low-cost hearing aid manufacturing system based on its Film Transfer Imaging technology.


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.