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Maggy, PrintPlace and Sinterit join forces

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Maggy is a small wearable device helping you to maintain social distancing while keeping your privacy. It creates a sound and vibration notification whenever the distance between its users becomes too small.

The reason why Maggy relied on a combination between a small wearable device and an optional mobile application, is manifold. On the one hand, there’s accuracy – standard smartphone Bluetooth chips have an accuracy up to approximately 1 to 2 meters, whereas Maggy contains state-of-the-art Bluetooth 5.1 and 5.2 chips, characterized by accuracy of approximately 10 to 15 centimeters.

On the other hand, a wearable device has the advantage of being secure – No registration is necessary, and no user data are being saved. You just hand out the device to employees or to visitors and they are ready to go. Finally, Maggy contains a chargeable battery with a lifetime of up to five consecutive days. A number of leading Belgian companies and multinationals have expressed great interest in the solution.

Launching a complex device in a short time

After the initial product announcement, Maggy got overwhelmed with requests (45K+ pieces), and ramping up production of the custom-built PCB’s and other components obviously take time. Consequently, Maggy had to find a solution that would enable them to organize limited scale beta tests in the short term, effectively bridging the production gap.

In order to do just that, Maggy decided to rely on 3D printing, more specifically on SLS (selective laser sintering). Of all the available 3D Printing technologies, SLS proved to be a true enabler on several levels – freedom of design, freedom of production, complex, inner geometries, smooth surface finish, detailed yet rigid parts,… These are just some of the features made possible by this technology.

However, mainstream SLS technologies, despite yielding qualitative parts, are still quite expensive and are not always accessible to smaller start-ups or consumers. Therefore, Maggy searched for a partner who could support them in setting up a small series production run in both a qualitative and an affordable way. Maggy found PrintPlace.

The friendly neighborhood 3D printing start-up

PrintPlace is a Belgian start-up founded by four enthusiastic engineers who are passionate about 3D Printing and wish to make this technology accessible by focusing on specific applications and this in an affordable yet qualitative way. Affordable, because PrintPlace relies on the use of smaller “desktop 3D printers”, which can be used in a more efficient way compared to their bigger industrial brothers. Qualitative, because PrintPlace does not only master the art of 3D Modeling and 3D printing but also provides personal guidance in the development of an object or a product, whether this is a prototype, a serial production, mass production or even “mass customization”.

It is important to understand that PrintPlace is not any old 3D print service – It is a friendly neighborhood start-up that will take the time to bring your project from digital concept to physical product. They treat every project equally, whether it’s large or small, whether it’s for an organization or for an individual. They co-create, they think along and propose the best approach. They are problem solvers with expertise in a wide range of industries.

Maggy, PrintPlace and Sinterit join forces

Maggy’s requirements in terms of dimensional accuracy and look-and-feel were high – They definitely wanted to deliver a high-end product to their customers in a fast and affordable way. Therefore, Maggy and PrintPlace agreed to organize a small series production via cutting edge desktop SLS technology, a miniaturized version of its industrial equivalent and a novel means for production.

Only when being applied for the right application and the right volumes, this technology offers unparalleled results in terms of dimensional accuracy, surface finish and part price. One such application is small series production.

To ensure first-time-right production, PrintPlace closely cooperated with Sinterit, the frontrunner of desktop SLS technology with its LISA SLS 3D Printer ecosystem. PrintPlace and Sinterit thought through each step of the production process – Sinterit provided support on optimal LISA Pro build preparation, ideal machine operation, machine maintenance and post-processing.

The result of the collaboration between Maggy, PrintPlace and Sinterit speaks for itself.

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One Comment

  1. In some extents, using a battery of small printers gives you production flexibility… but I don’t see an array of tabletop printers as a viable solution for someone that needs to manufacture in small or medium series. Both technically (the limited material choice and the fact you can only print gray parts) and economically.

    The Lisa and Lisa Pro are remarkable small printers, but those 15 Pros together cost far more than an EOS Formiga or a Prodways P1000 (if we want to keep the discussion on small/mid-sized printers).

    Without thinking about the huge labor needed to manage 15 printers instead of just 1/2 that do the same job, probably much faster.

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