Braskem, the most important polyolefins producer within the Americas, and DiveDesign partnered to develop a customized 3D printed K9 quad cart for rescue canine “Wobbly Hannah” (@wobblyhannahtotherescue).
Hannah is affected by a neurological situation known as cerebellar hypoplasia. This implies her mind doesn’t talk nicely along with her physique by way of motion, steadiness, and coordination. The outcomes are delayed physique actions requiring her to have an assistive machine to maneuver round. As a consequence of her dimension and physique actions, most off-the-shelf K9 quad cart options merely wouldn’t work, they weren’t capable of assist Hannah correctly, had been too giant or would tip over throughout use.
Proprietor Cassidy, fed up along with her restricted choices, reached out to DiveDesign to create a greater resolution. “She’s 65 lbs. and unable to face on her personal. We tried a number of customized carts which have all failed us, they haven’t been constructed to face up to the load and pressure when she is attempting to maneuver. We had been beginning to marvel if we had been ever ready going to have the ability to have one thing made for her that helps her like we would have liked it to,” stated Cassidy.
DiveDesign was first contacted by Cassidy in April of 2021 to debate potential alternatives. DiveDesign started working conceptualizing and prototyping totally different designs using state-of-the-art scanning and digital design software program in addition to Braskem’s progressive carbon fiber bolstered polypropylene (PP) filament for 3D printing.
Jason Vagnozzi, Braskem Business Director of Additive Manufacturing, said, “When DiveDesign first shared the chance and we noticed Wobbly Hannah on Instagram, we immediately fell in love along with her. We instantly knew having a light-weight sturdy materials could be important to the success of the challenge. Our carbon fiber bolstered polypropylene was the right resolution for the 3D printed K9 quad cart. Hannah is a tremendous canine, and we’re so completely happy to have the ability to assist her reside a snug and completely happy life.”
The studio was capable of develop a sturdy and light-weight 3D printed K9 quad cart for Hannah in lower than 4 (4) months, all by way of digital communications. Hannah’s physique is now correctly supported, and she or he is totally empowered to reside an energetic and more healthy life, whereas independently having fun with the liberty to pursue actions along with her household and different canine.
Alex Tholl, DiveDesign CEO, said, “My associate Adam Hecht and I had been very lucky to have Jason from Braskem attain out to us. Whereas our crew’s data and expertise in additive is in depth, discovering a fabric that might be a superb match turned difficult. Jason stepped in with Braskem’s new CF-PP and gave us that confidence we would have liked to make this work for Hannah.”
Braskem and DiveDesign not too long ago gained the award for Greatest Bespoke Answer in The Cool Elements Showcase awards for his or her work with Hannah. Very like the award-winning video collection, The Cool Elements Present, the showcase highlights progressive, real-world options made by way of 3D printing. Submissions had been open to anybody making components with additive expertise. “The response to the competition from members, voters and occasion attendees was phenomenal,” stated Stephanie Hendrixson, co-host of The Cool Elements Present together with Peter Zelinski. “Greater than 2,500 followers voted to pick our successful components from among the many twelve finalists. On behalf of The Cool Elements Present crew, I’d like to increase our because of everybody who submitted components and took part within the vote, and to congratulate the creators of our successful components!”
Braskem’s carbon fiber bolstered polypropylene filament permits customers to 3D print light-weight and exceptionally inflexible components for high-end functions, equivalent to automotive, aerospace, nautical, sporting items, and way more. Better of all FL00PP-CF is made utilizing 100% recycled carbon fiber offering for a extra sustainable product footprint whereas sustaining all of the premium efficiency you’ll anticipate from virgin carbon fiber.