LambdaVision, a startup company that is 3D printing precision tools for the manufacture of retinal implants that help restore lost vision, partnered with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) to develop a new surgical tool for their revolutionary implant. The challenge was to quickly design a new tool for surgically implanting the device into the retina. LambdaVision needed surgeon feedback about shape, comfort, feel and weight in order to make the optimal tool.
The 3D Systems ProJet 5500X offers the ideal solution: LambdaVision printed multiple designs in a variety of materials in just a few days. Using the 5500X's on-the-fly material mixing capability, they printed several parts varying between hard plastics and soft rubbery material, and of different shapes and sizes. Within a few days, they were able to put every design idea into surgeons' hands to touch, feel, use and give feedback. Without this capability, it would have taken months to iterate to a final design.
Watch now to learn from Nicole Wagner, CEO of LambdaVision, and Bob Torrani, Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Center at CCAT, on how they are using 3D printing to Manufacture the Future.