DESIGN, SIMULATION AND 3D PRINTING OF COUPONS
With this news we want to bring you closer to one of the phases carried out within the research project that we develop in Ingeniacity in collaboration with the company MBA Surgical Empowerment, leader in the sector of the distribution of medical-surgical technology, and in which we work together with the aim of improving the performance of existing prostheses on the market.
After carrying out the study of the art of the existing problems in this type of prosthesis, the design phase of the concept of specific geometries was passed to achieve the desired tribological effects, that is, anti-friction and self-lubrication effects. To do this, we have had specific CAD design software, as well as simulation software tools tailored to the application, in order to check their validity. These tools provide us with a design system based on the iteration and verification of the proposed geometries on a recurring basis, in order to find the one that best meets the desired specifications.
A key point of this task has been the ability to reproduce with the maximum possible fidelity the environmental conditions of the environment in which the final prosthesis will be located (human organism), with regard to lubrication conditions, external stresses, etc.
This design-simulation process has resulted in a collection of geometries among those that have exceeded the simulated operating conditions. Said chosen designs have been reflected in the manufacture of specimens for subsequent actual testing. The specimens have been manufactured by 3D printing by the Prodintec technology center, based on the criteria established for the tests.
This first filter of validity of the design has led us to verify once again the benefits of simulation as a tool to support manufacturing. Directly affecting the project costs by not having to manufacture and test a greater number of specimens.
Next we leave you the storytelling of this first phase carried out, design, simulation and manufacture of test tubes in 3D printing.