Masterful 3D printing
Photo: Fantastic jewellery, designer phone cases, car chassis and other industrial pieces. When it comes to 3D printing and complete support, there are practically no limits for company Ortotip.
From designer jewellery olgafacesrok to industrial prototypes and cases. Excellent services of 3D printing, expert advice and complete support is provided by the interdisciplinary, visionary team of company Ortotip.
About the innovative service…
Company Ortotip uses its rich scientific and applicative knowledge and experience to plan, simulate and manufacture small-scale products with additive technologies (3D printing) for various industrial clients. At the same time, it tracks modern market requirements for designer and individualised products of the higher price range meant for personal use or promotional purposes and created with 3D printing. The company is designing, manufacturing and marketing these products itself.
…and superior skills
Ortotip used an investment in the amount of 1.1 million euros to buy the most powerful 3D printers of Central Europe, with the largest working chambers for 3D printing (selective laser sintering of plastic products). They can print products with properties very similar to those of injection moulded plastic, which means that they manufacture completely functional products, not only prototypes.
It was also crucial to build an interdisciplinary team of experts from the fields of economy, engineering, design, medicine, educational studies, metallurgy and chemistry. The team is led by Ortotip’s CEO Tjaša Zupanič Hartner, who is finishing her doctorate from the field of medicinal materials at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Maribor.
In Central Europe, Ortotip has significant competitive advantage over one particularly noticeable competitor from Netherlands, because it provides excellent advice. It gives first-rate expert support and effectively solves technological and designer challenges of its clients. The team guides the clients through the process of choosing suitable materials (plastic, metal or composite materials), selecting appropriate additive technologies, computer design, 3D modelling and scanning as well as final manufacture and machining.
The problem and use value
3D printing is supposed to revolutionize
standard industrial procedures and replace plastic injection moulding and CNC-milling. Dr Igor Drstvenšek, professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Maribor and co-founder of company Ortotip, thinks that the truth lies somewhere in between. These technologies offer not only unimaginable developmental, designer and manufacturing solutions, but also provide help when developing new products. Their main use values and solved problems are:
- With help of 3D printing, the time from the idea to final manufacture is reduced from several months to several weeks,
- Consequently, development costs are reduced, the quality of the final product is much better and less time is needed for reacting to market demands
- In a single process (without welding, fusing…) a composite product or working mechanism can be printed, which provides unlimited possibilities for designing and visualising new ideas.
- On top of all that, 3D printing is environmentally friendly, as it reduces the amount of waste in manufacture for more than 80 percent.
Buyers of small-scale industrial products
Ortotip is successfully collaborating with many industrial customers. Amongst them are companies such as Gorenje
, for which they make individual parts (e.g. handles) for household appliances, Akrapovič
, for which they printed the metal part (joint) of the exhaust system for motorcycles, BSH Household Appliances
(parts of coffee machine casings), Optotek
(casings for a laser medicinal device) and Alba
(injection moulded plastic tool).
Printing a tractor engine
They printed a prototype of a whole engine for the German tractor manufacturer Deutz. The engine was then inserted into the new tractor model in order to find out if it was well set and whether a mechanic can reach it with his hands. 3D printing is also effective when manufacturing spare parts, casings for smaller electronics (USB memory sticks, temperature meters) and other marketing-promotional products, custom designed and containing the client’s logo. 3D printing is also becoming increasingly more popular for use in medicine – Ortotip’s sister company is establishing itself in the field of stomatology (dental constructions) and manufacture of other individualized tools and products from biocompatible materials.
Designer phone cases
3D printed cases for smartphones that can be personalized with a chosen caption and colour.
Additive technologies are also an incredible leap for satisfying the needs of final users who want designer perfection and colour. Following these trends, Ortotip registered the brand 3freeD with the internationally recognized duo Olga Košica and Rok Marinšek. This brand is developing, manufacturing and marketing trendy smartphone and tablet cases that users can personalize with a chosen caption and colour.
Phone cases are currently sold by Telekom Slovenia, while fashion connoisseurs are ordering their tablet cases (even decorated with Swarovski crystals) individually, following “mouth to mouth” recommendations. Together with designer illuminants (they can be seen in the notable Maribor restaurant Rožmarin), developed by Ortotip itself or in collaboration with Košica and Marinšek, and other products (jewellery, spectacle frames, promotional products…), the phone and tablet cases will also be available in the online store in the near future.
Exotic jewellery of the higher price range
The best proof that 3D printed products from plastic easily reach higher artistic and designer standards is the jewellery brand olgafacesrok, with which Olga Košica and Rok Marinšek are reaping visible success at home and abroad.
Fantastic exotic jewellery of the higher price range, promoted and worn by many fashion and stage celebrities, is manufactured by Ortotip with a lot of care and technical counselling. The jewellery collection Lucid Dream will be on view at the 13th
International Talent Support (ITS) competition in Trieste – the two daring designers competed in the jewellery category and placed in the finale of the competition that is organised by the fashion platform as a competition for design students and fashion designers from all across the world.
The 3D printer needs two hours to make one earing of the brand olgafacesrok (photo on the extreme right). The designer Olga Košica would need several weeks to make it by hand.