Customer Case – CellSine

A modular platform to study microbiological systems in vitro.

CellSine’s I series are fully produced via 3D printing, by combining different production technologies like. SLS, SLA and vacuum casting. All parts receive a high-end finish in the requested RAL-colours and with the desired gloss rate.

After the global assembly has been done, the necessary elecctronics are being potted by a 3rd party.

The series of devices offer a modular platform to study microbiological systems in vitro. Using advanced electrical sensing technology, it allows users to study the behavior of a wide variety of biological systems in real time. These systems can range from human cell cultures to bacterial films, proteins and many other biological entities. In addition to its versatility, the CellSine system also has the advantage that it is completely non-invasive. This allows for a more natural testing environment and long-term testing.

Customer Case – Peira

Instrument for preclinical cancer research. 

Introducing the Peira TM900: the smart new handheld imaging device, which measures subcutaneous tumors in immuno-deficient mice. The Peira TM900 is a fast, reliable and powerful solution for the measurement of tumors. And it’s a real game-changer for oncological animal research.

What makes this product even more interesting is the production method. It made sense to look into the option of 3D printing for this niche market since mass production does not apply here. Not only is this technology more cost-efficient for small end-series, but it also allows the customer to make (small or large) modifications whenever needed. The Peira TM900 is a nice example of how to use 3D printing as an end-use manufacturing technology.

All main parts of the housing are built in PA2200. The light guides on the side are printed via our DLP technology, which makes it possible to print UV-stable, transparent parts. After applying the white matt and blue soft touch paint, the part is being finished with the Peira logo, which is applied via dry transfers.

 On the inside the handheld device is finished with an EMC-shielding (= to block the magnetic field). To meet the requirements of an exchangeable nozzle, magnets and sensor contacts are provided in the housing as well.

Once the parts are fully finished on both A- and B-side they are being delivered to our customer so they can do the final assembly with the required electronics. More info about the product can be found on the Peira-website: https://www.peira.be/measuring-device-oncological-tumor-research

Customer Case – Punch Powertrain Solar Team

The Belgian Solar Team looks back on a successful participation in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, the World Championship for solar racing in Australia.

As part of a sponsorship we have printed the lenses (lights) that are build in at the back of the car. For this we used our micro-precision DLP technique. The chosen material, E-Shell 600, has been finished with a polished transparent look in order to be as clear as possible. Behind the lenses, the LED’s are positioned and the entire setup has been tested at Valeo. The functional lenses make sure that the car answers to all rules to be allowed to drive on public roads.

Not only did the Belgian team won bronze, but they also got rewarded with the innovation award!

Customer Case – Theomatik

Persons with only one functional arm can eat unaided thanks to Theomatik!

You really must try opening a jar of jam or tub of butter with just one arm. Not easy. That’s why Theo Willen, volunteer in the Jessa Hospital, designed the Theomatik: a wooden table tool that convalescents can use to eat unaided. Boonen Design Studio professionalized the design. Tenco DDM printed a prototype: a hygienic plastic version.

Many patients with a physical restriction in the Jessa Hospital are full of praise about the original wooden Theomatik. Jessa enlisted the services of Boonen Design Studio to develop the product further and give it a more aesthetic rendition. The result? A slim, sleek, compact device in the form of a board with three trapezoidal gaps. The patient first grips a small tub of butter or a pot of jam and can then open it easily using just one hand. In the middle is a tray for a sandwich. The raised edges and gaps make it very easy for the user to cut bread with only one hand.

Ideal for prototyping

As soon as the design was done Boonen Design Studio called in Tenco DDM to prepare the test models. “Trays like this get dropped occasionally. So we chose a shock-resistant PA12, produced via Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)”, says Tom Castermans, Business Manager of Tenco DDM. “With its combination of a high-gloss varnish and a soft touch, the Theomatik is hygienic, legally compliant and easy-maintenance. We gave the underside an anti-slip finish for a better grip on the table top. Once the first models were ready a number of patients in the Jessa Hospital tested them.”

Nominated for an award

Both the patients and the ergotherapists were enthusiastic about the versatility and the smart design of the new Theomatik. The device is aesthetically pleasing, compact and easily stackable. Plus which there is no stigma about it. Boonen Design Studio and Jessa are now researching which technologies are best suited for bigger series of the Theomatik. The concept has meanwhile been nominated for a Henry van de Velde Award in the category Healthcare

Customer Case – VDL Nedcar

VDL Nedcar attaches badges faster and more accurately thanks to Tenco DDM.

VDL Nedcar is one of the most advanced independent car manufacturers in Europe. The company based in the Dutch village of Born called on Tenco DDM. The assignment: to design a light tool for operators to attached badges to cars more easily.

Attaching a logo to a car with complex contours requires tremendous precision. Therefore, VDL Nedcar was looking for a light tool with which operators can work faster. Attaching logos is repetitive work, so in addition to the weight, the ergonomics were extremely important. Tenco DDM had come up with creative solutions for the car manufacturer before, so the company decided upon Genk once more.

Tenco DDM immediately accepted the challenge. “We visited the production unit in Born and engaged in conversation with the operators who perform this task every day. With these insights and the blueprints of the car, the engineering team got right on it”, says Tom Castermans. “The engineers designed a mould template with which the operator can attach a logo in a matter of seconds.”

Light yet robust

After several prototypes, a combination of SLS printed parts and carbon tubes proved to offer the ideal solution. “We chose soft parts (PA and PEBA) to prevent damaging the body of the car. The tool consists of colour-dyed parts and resilient suction cups. The carbon tubes are extremely light and very robust at the same time.

Tenco DDM produced multiple sets, to attach badges on both left and right. The lead time for the design, the creation and the assembly amounted to about three weeks. “By thinking along with the customer from scratch, we conjured a time-saving ergonomic solution in a very short time. The strain on the operator is reduced to a minimum, because the tool is extremely light and easy to handle. In short: a win-win situation for VDL Nedcar and its operators.”

Customer Case – Mealhero

The successful collaboration between Mealhero, Comate and Tenco DDM resulted in a very nice, fully finished 3D printed model – “Mealhero”; the combination of a smart steamer, a foodbox with freshly frozen ingredients and a smartphone app. 

The prototype is printed using stereolithography. All individual parts are produced in different epoxy types, and received a different finish.

  • The main elements of the model were finished with a high gloss paint (grey & white).

  • The bottom and top part of the model received a layer of soft touch paint.

  • The transparent food containers are printed in a transparent epoxy and finished with a frosted look.

  • The lightguides of the model were printed on one of our high precision DLP printers, which allows us to print in UV-stable transparent materials and give a stunning end-result.

By using this high-end prototype, Mealhero will start their Kickstarter campagne on the 4th of November. More information about the product can be found on their website: https://www.mealhero.me/

Customer Case – Philips Lighting

We are very proud to be the preferred supplier of Philips Lighting. So it’s about time we show some of the beautiful models we’ve created together.

3D printing is off course not new for companies like Philips, but they always seek for something extra. In a short interview with Staf Snyers, development manager prototyping at BG Home Philips, he explains why he loves working with Tenco DDM and what the benefits are for Philips.

“By using 3D printing, prototypes can be made within a very short period of time and it allows us to make rapid modifications to designs if needed.

I really love the fact that Tenco DDM is a real solution provider and not just a general 3D printing company. Working together with them is always a pleasure. Some of the key benefits for myself and Philips are:

  • Their profound knowledge and knowhow about materials as well as production and finishing techniques. For example, we are always blown away by the quality of the chromed finished parts they deliver.

  • They do not only focus on 3D printing technologies but will always offer the best possible solution. This can be determined by the leadtime, the required result, the cost price,… They really co-operate with us as a costumer. Options are provided, pro’s and con’s are explained, and at the end we can make a grounded decision on how to proceed with our protoypes.

  • In case there are some technical issues with our files, f.e. with the limited wall thickness, Tenco will make the necessary adjustments and inform us about it. They don’t just refuse to print a model but they do a quick “redesign”. This way I can avoid contacting our engineers again and losing too much time.

  • In general, when we are looking for prototypes we always prefer to have them as soon as possible. This is where the Tenco online tool comes in handy. It allows fast quotation and decision making, with respect to the different technical possibilities vs. cost.

  • Basically the biggest plus is the personal contact and the short communication lines which are possible at Tenco.

  • They do not only deliver high-end qualitative prototypes, but they really treat each project, small or big, as an equally important job. In case there is a problem we are always informed upfront, which we highly appreciate. In general we can really count on Tenco as a trustworthy production partner.”