Goddess International were searching for new sustainable methods of producing their existing equipment. They also needed to find a way to produce this in variable quantities, which is not possible with traditional manufacturing processes.
They approached the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to explore the use of 3D printing as a new manufacturing method. However, as the technology is new to them, they did not have a computer aided design (CAD), which is required to create components using 3D printing.
STFC engineers worked with Goddess International to understand the key requirements for parts for their Minipeel Compact Micro Dermabrasion System. The engineers were able to create a 3D CAD model through reverse engineering.
They used 2D technical drawings recreated by Goddess International. The CAD design ready to be used for 3D printing was finalised by taking measurements of the Minipeel Compact Micro Dermabrasion System parts.
Goddess International now have a 3D CAD model of their existing product that they can use to make prototypes using 3D printing. The dimensional accuracy, strength, robustness, and fitment of 3D components with other components in the product assembly will enable them to assess the suitability of 3D printing as a production solution.
In addition, the CAD model assists in sourcing a new long-term supplier and manufacturer as it is based on recommendations from STFC’s technical expertise.
We are so impressed with the help and assistance we’ve received from STFC for our project. Their knowledge and expertise have been truly valuable, and we are looking forward to continuing to work with them to see the outcomes of the 3D printing process.Roz McCall, Managing Director
Fatigue Management International (FMI)
- Date: Autumn 2017
- Tech: Additive manufacturing
- Sector: Transport & Logistics, Health & Safety
Sandstone Dental Practice
- Date: Autumn 2020
- Tech: Additive manufacturing, Cloud computing, Internet of things, Systems integration
- Sector: Health Care – Dental Services