EnvisionTec and 3Shape to offer 3D hearing aid solution

EnvisionTec has teamed up with 3Shape to offer a new turnkey system for scanning, modeling and printing bespoke hearing aids for individual patients.

EnvisionTec is working with 3Shape to offer a 3D printer, such as this Vida, seen here with 3Shape hearing aids and molds.

The solution includes a H600 3D scanner from 3Shape for scanning ear impressions together with 3Shape software including: EarMouldDesigner, for modelling of BTE ear moulds and soft silicone BTE ear moulds; ShellDesigner, for modelling ITE type shells; and Cambridge, for managing 3D print jobs for clinics and small-to mid-sized manufacturers.

EnvisionTec has contributed the actual 3D printers, with a choice between the Vida, which has a build envelope of 96 x 54 x 100 mm and XY resolution to 50 µm, or the Micro Plus Advantage, which has a build envelope of 65 x 40 x 100 mm and XY resolution to 60 µm.

Also on offer is an Otoflash curing unit for post-curing 3D print jobs to the desired finish and the relevant training for all this kit.

Iain Mcleod, 3Shape’s Audio Business Unit director, commented: “Our partnership with EnvisionTec has enabled many labs to easily migrate from their old manual intensive process to a full CAD/CAM workflow. The combined technologies offer a proven digital solution.”




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