What do beekeeping, off-roading and beer brewing have in common? They all benefit from Shapeways on-demand 3D printing
Protect the bees with 3D printed smart beehives
For BeeHero, smart hives are key to ensuring bees thrive while optimizing beehive productivity. To this end, the company is using sensors and data science to help beekeepers and farmers quickly predict and prevent problems. The sensors in the BeeHero Smart System are housed in two 3D printed halves made by Shapeways using nylon 12 [Versatile Plastic] Material and selective laser sintering technology (SLS) for additional flexibility, durability and strength.
BeeHero uses the functions of Shapeways for additive, product development and digital manufacturing and benefits from manufacturing and delivery speed, improved product quality as well as easy assembly and installation. In addition, the materials used have been accepted by the bees, which has contributed to successful operations and promising results, as monitoring pollination in real time has been shown to increase crop yields by an average of up to 30%.
Industrial production for robust off-road device holders
67 Designs has provided tens of thousands of quality systems around the world when it comes to sturdy device mounts that can withstand the harsh terrain. The idea for an extremely durable iPad assembly device arose from the knowledge that existing solutions were unwieldy, unrealistic and aesthetically unattractive.
67 drafts drafted and Shapeways then tested printed prototype iterations which ultimately led to the creation of the production MagMount G3. This high-end device has a magnet array for better alignment and attachment of the iPad during off-road adventures. The collaboration with Shapeways includes the use of nylon 12 [Versatile Plastic] Additive manufacturing in material and industrial quality to produce a high quality solution. The teamwork also supports the desire of 67 designs to bring a greener product to market while strengthening the “Made in America” goals with production capabilities in local markets.
Brewing better beer requires lightweight, durable 3D printed parts
When it comes to brewing craft beers at home or professionally, there are many different techniques, fermenters, and devices that can be used to improve quality and taste. At Tilt Hydrometer, the vision of a homebrewer has developed into a groundbreaking device that monitors the gravity and temperature of the beer in real time in order to adjust the fermentation process immediately.
After experimenting with the expensive plastic milling technology, the company hired Shapeways to make prototypes and end pieces for a 10x cost saving. Using additive manufacturing, the Tilt Hydrometer has successfully encapsulated sensitive electronics in lightweight, flexible, and durable plastic from Shapeways in a rainbow of colors for easy multi-batch monitoring. Tens of thousands of homebrew and professional brewery customers around the world now rely on the Tilt Hydrometer and its intuitive mobile app to create ideal brewing conditions.
Accelerate product creation through end-to-end manufacturing
Shapeways offers a full range of manufacturing capabilities to ensure seamless on-demand production of quality components, including self-service options and various levels of expert support. The company’s proven expertise in additive manufacturing is strengthened by a global network of certified printer, material and manufacturing partners. Shapeways software offers increased flexibility with instant price quotes, automatic file uploads, verified printability checks, quality checks and expedited deliveries. As the need to scale increases, Shapeways also offers its customers access to traditional manufacturing offerings, including injection molding and urethane molding services.
Shapeways makes world-class on-demand manufacturing more accessible to everyone through automation, innovation and digitization. The software developed especially for the company, the wide range of materials and technologies, and the global supply chain lower manufacturing barriers and accelerate the delivery of quality products. Thanks to Shapeways digital manufacturing services, more than a million customers worldwide have produced more than 20 million parts using 10 different technologies and 90 different materials and finishes. Headquarters in New York CityShapeways has ISO 9001-compliant manufacturing facilities in Long Island City, NYand Eindhoven, the Netherlands.