3D Printing Industry | 7/22/2019 | Beau Jackson
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Italian 3D printer manufacturer WASP has launched a free add-on for open source 3D modelling software Blender that allows users to model orthopedic devices with 3D scans. Designed for use by medical professionals, the add-on runs on Blender 2.8 and contains step-by-step commands to model a shape on a 3D scan, with the final design intended for 3D printing.

The tool was developed by WASP MED, WASP’s division focusing specifically on 3D printing in healthcare. After a year of research and intensive work, the WASP MED Blender Add-on was created in order to prepare professionals in using 3D technology and tools. WASP also collaborated with Alessandro Zomparelli, professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, to develop the tool. In a press release, the company states that the intention of the add-on is to fill the gap between expensive and rigid professional software, and the powerful open-source software available that isn’t optimized for medical use.

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3D Printing Industry reached out to WASP to find out more about the company’s decision to use open-source software, and its overall output in the medical and healthcare sector.

The WASP MED Add-on for Blender 2.8 in use. Image via WASP.

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With the global prosthetics and orthotics market size expected to reach $12.28 billion by 2025, WASP states that WASP MED was founded in 2015 to work specifically on the needs and challenges of the growing healthcare sector.

“The use of FDM printing on orthopedic devices is getting more and more popular and the case studies of success with WASP printers are now several in Europe,” a spokesperson for the company stated. “WASP printers are very suitable in this case because of their huge cylindrical build area and the possibility to print medical grade materials, ”

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