Picsima is the next generation 3D Printer, currently under development by UK based Fripp Design and Research.

 

The idea for 3D Printing silicone directly came as a result of a technical challenge in 3D Printing soft tissue prostheses. The current method is a two stage process which involves 3D printing a colour scaffold (using 3D Systems ZCorp technology) which is post processed by infiltrating with medical grade silicone under pressure. Although the prostheses are, visually, stunning; when they are flexed the scaffold material delaminates from the silicone demonstrating 'crazing' lines. This was the motivator for wanting to 3D Print silicone directly.

 

In January 2013, a grant was secured from the Technology Strategy Board to investigate the feasibility of 3D Printing silicone. It is this grant that provided the resources to develop a test rig to prove the method developed.

 

In October 2013 a patent application was registered with the UK Patent Office.

 

However the process is not restricted to silicone, there are many other materials that can be processed providing a range of functions and features never seen before in one 3D Print technology, features such as:

 

   - The ability to print soft and hard materials simultaneously

   - Shore Hardness of below 20 Shore A

   - Support for Magnetic and Electonically conductive materials

   - Sterilisable Silicone parts from -30C to 250C

   - Scalable Technology

   - Supporting full colour

 

Please note that the samples, opposite, are from the test rig. The process to develop Picsima from a test rig to a fully developed product is understood; Fripp Design and Research are Industrial Designers first.

Gaskets/Seals

Prostheses

Smart Devices

Medical

Soft Tooling

Plus Much More

© Fripp Design Limited 2013