LOGEEKs, a manufacturing service provider located in Russia, has made two announcements surrounding its 3D printing operations. Its digital manufacturing arm, LOGEEKs DM, has launched a new cloud platform dedicated to analyzing the manufacturability of a 3D model for 3D printing, as well as CNC machining.
“We launched the Logeeks DM online platform to solve several tasks,” explains Igor Krasovsky, CEO of LOGEEKs DM.
“We have created a platform that in most cases allows without the participation of specialists to agree on expectations (time, quality, cost) and stretch through production processes “digital thread”: from the customer ‘s request to the moment of shipment of the finished part.”
The company’s medical subsidiary, LOGEEKs Medical Systems (MS), has further announced the completion of two surgery operations using its customized 3D printed implants.
LOGEEKs manufacturing services
Founded in 2004, LOGEEKs offers professional 3D printing, advanced manufacturing and industrial design services that aim to accelerate the development and production of new products.
To date, the company is said to have helped produce over 1,000 successful projects in the field of mechanical engineering and instrumentation, consumer goods and medicine. As well as 3D printing, the company houses equipment and technology for CNC machining and other traditional manufacturing methods for the production of plastic and metal parts.
There are various subsidiaries of LOGEEKs that make up its ecosystem of manufacturing services alongside LOGEEKs DM and MS. Other subsidiaries include LOGEEKs Design, specializing in industrial design and engineering; PROTOTYPSTER, a 3D printing service for the maker community; LOGEEKs Consult, a consulting service provider for manufacturing enterprises, and more.
Replacing lost bone with 3D printing
LOGEEKs DM allows customers to produce prototypes and end-use parts using the company’s production services.
Its new cloud platform will let users generate instant prices and select production times for its various production technologies, including DMLS and SLS 3D printing, 3 and 5 axis CNC processing, and polyurethane molding. The cloud platform uses an analysis algorithm to give users feedback on the viability of producing their part. They will receive recommendations and warnings regarding their 3D model according to technological limitations.
LOGEEKs MS, on the other hand, specializes in the design and manufacturing of customized implants for reconstructive surgery, prosthetics, and osteosynthesis. The company claims to have had its customized implants used in over 1000 surgeries.
Its announcement regarding two surgery operations were both led by Vadim V. Golnik, Head of Traumatology Department of Federal Center of Traumatology, Orthopedics, and Endoprosthetics.
The procedures were carried out for the reconstructive restoration of the hip joint, using LOGEEKs MS’ 3D printed implants in conjunction with impaction bone grafting, a surgical procedure for repairing the acetabular (the cup-shaped socket of the hip joint). Bone grafting replaces missing bone in order to repair bone fractures that are extremely complex, pose a significant health risk to the patient, or fail to heal properly.
V. Golnik explains how 3D printing helped to expand the capabilities of bone grafting by accurately reproducing the anatomy of the lost bone.
3D printing on demand
LOGEEKs DM’s online platform allows users to upload 3D models of their choice, which will then be analyzed by the company to provide an instant evaluation and quote. The part will then be produced and sent to the customer. This three-step process is a model adopted by many on-demand manufacturing platforms and service bureaus allowing users to upload their 3D files for production.
For example, recently Print Parts Inc., a New York-based additive manufacturing service provider, announced the launch of its new website, PrintParts.com, in June 2019. The website is geared towards providing customers with 3D printed performance parts on-demand, generated from the 3D files that they upload to the website.
Other examples include the London-HQ’d 3DCompare, which, instead of 3D printing the parts in-house, connects you to its verified network of manufacturers to produce your parts. The company recently revealed that it had raised £150k in a seed funding round, which it will use to develop its web-based quotation tool.
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