Covid-19 crisis leads to successful cooperation between Cubicure and FDX
The fast way from idea to design and production of a flow sensor for a respiratory ventilator.
Manufacturing potential for high-tech sensors, nozzles and components in the MedTech industry
For Cubicure, the project is also very exciting: The complex internal structures of the FDX sensor housings result in an oscillating airstream which can be interpreted acoustically by microphones. In this way, flow velocity and flow rate can be directly calculated. The geometry has been specially developed for the use in a respiratory ventilator and can therefore accurately determine the amount of air supplied to and discharged from the patient. The sensors can be manufactured very precisely and cost-efficiently. ‘In terms of size and complexity, such components are the perfect examples of smart solutions using additive manufacturing,’ says Robert Gmeiner, CEO of Cubicure: ‘For components of this type, 3D printing can already cost-efficiently handle series production of up to several 10,000 units. The layer-by-layer structure and the elimination of production tools mean that additional functions can be realized in a single component’. According to this production potential, both companies envision great opportunities in the medical technology sector, but also in many other industries that use fluidic components in the form of nozzles, fluid distributors or even sensor housings.
was founded in March 2015 as a spin-off of TU Wien by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Stampfl (Institute of Material Science and Technology)
and Dr. Robert Gmeiner. The company deals with the additive manufacturing of high-performance polymers for industrial applications.
Cubicure’s patented Hot Lithography technology enables the usage of high-molecular chemical substances for a high precision
3D-printing process. The technology’s core is a specially developed and patented heating and coating mechanism which is capable
of processing resins and pastes of highest viscosity at operating temperatures up to 120°C. Cubicure develops photopolymers
with thermoplast-like properties. Since 2017 Cubicure offers a newly developed and patented 3D-printer and associated materials.
FDX Fluiddynamix GmbH was also founded in 2015, as a spin-off of the TU Berlin. The company is engaged in developing passive flow devices, which create moving jets without moving parts. Usually active devices are used to distribute fluids, as for example in dishwashers. These active devices require maintenance and are prone to failure. The waiving of active parts renders the devices of FDX more robust and efficient. Additionally, the devices are usable as volume flow sensors, and are thus a real alternative to conventional systems.
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Printed Sensor housing with sensors and microphones for accurate volume flow measurements.
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