Think of all the trials and tribulations of being a digital projector. Your body must deal with high temperatures, sensitive glass lenses, complicated electronics…and everything must work perfectly together again and again.
That’s where Hyphen comes in. Hyphen is the full-service, rapid prototyping and environmental testing center of Christie Digital Systems – the world renowned provider of digital projectors. To put it simply, it’s Hyphen’s job to make sure Christie Digital always projects a great image. So Hyphen puts their digital projector prototypes through a boot camp of testing, including drop testing, vibration testing and thermal testing. To get better products to market faster, for the last ten years these prototypes have been incorporating 3D printed parts from Stratasys Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and, beginning two years ago, from PolyJet-based 3D Printers.
But we’re not just talking conventional digital projectors for digital cinemas , simulations and control rooms. Hyphen prototypes can really get under your skin.
For example, they recently demonstrated the power of FDM and PolyJet 3D printing technologies with the production of a 3D prototype for the VeinViewer® product. This medical device utilizes near-infrared light to detect blood beneath the surface of the skin and then instantly projects a real-time image of the patient’s veins directly onto his/her skin. The VeinViewer® assists hospital staff in seeing deeper vasculature with greater accuracy and is currently being used in facilities in over 40 countries around the world.
According to Mark Barfoot, Managing Director of Hyphen:
“Having the ability to introduce both 3D printing technologies (FDM & PolyJet) into the additive manufacturing process was critical to perfecting the design and functionality of this product. Using the PolyJet-based 3D Printer allowed us to trial the product using rubber overmolding and to achieve a smooth surface finish, which gave us an accurate prototype to test with nurses early on in the process. With the FDM 3D Printer we were able to build functional parts, allowing us to conduct drop tests well before we got to tooling.”