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University of Applied Sciences Jena

University Uses 3D Printer to Advance Education and Research

"PolyJet 3D printing technology is an invaluable aid in the education process. It has also become an essential tool in the fields of development and services."

-Jens Bliedtner
University of Applied Sciences Jena

At a Glance

Challenges

  • The university needed a cost effective, easy-to-use way to validate designs and make models for vacuum casting
  • High profile project required detailed model of HIV virus

Solution

  • The Objet Eden 330 3D Printer

Results

  • Students and researchers can explore new product development possibilities
  • Rapid prototyping enables fast validation of products using real components
  • High-quality, smooth-surface models enable students to manufacture components and assemblies with movable parts
  • Errors identified early in design process
  • Unique model of HIV virus provides museum visitors with insight into deadly disease
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The University of Applied Sciences Jena selected the Objet Eden 3D printer because of its office-friendly technology

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Students can print models with smooth surfaces and fine details

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This model of the HIV virus was printed on the Objet Eden 3D Printer

Model of learning

The University of Applied Sciences Jena is a modern educational institute in every respect. Founded in 1991, the university focuses on providing practical, science-based education to nearly 5,000 students. Partnerships with universities, leading industrial and technology companies and industrial research institutes, help expose the university’s students to advanced technology, management and scientific innovation.

The university selected the Objet Eden 330 3D Printer because it offers a fast and cost effective method for producing high-quality prototypes on campus and because of its office-friendly technology. “Our students have no exposure to the uncured materials and the whole process is clean, which is ideal for an educational setting,” said Jens Bliedtner, professor at the University of Applied Sciences Jena. “Additionally, the fact that the Objet 3D Printer does not require a specially equipped lab made the purchase decision easier.”

Multiple departments at the university use the Objet 3D Printer to create highly accurate 3D models for a wide range of purposes. Students and researchers in the fields of mechanical engineering, medical engineering, biology, construction and design regularly use the 3D printer as part of their studies and research. The job shop uses the 3D printer to manufacture various parts and assemblies

High-quality models and low finishing needs save time and money

3D printing produces accurate models that have smooth surfaces and fine details and do not require post-processing. Students and faculty at the University of Applied Sciences Jena can now produce high-quality models quickly with low finishing costs and manufacture components and assemblies with movable parts. They also use the Objet 3D Printer to make models for vacuum casting.

The Objet 3D Printer’s cost-effective rapid prototyping capabilities enable students to easily visualize component functions. They can build functional prototypes using real components for testing and presentations. The Objet Eden 330 prints components with fine details, complex geometries and thin-walls.

Museum-quality 3D printing

The Phyletisches Museum Jena (the Museum of Natural History at Friedrich-Schiller University Jena) approached the heads of the SciTec Department of the University of Applied Sciences Jena with the idea of creating a model of the HIV virus to mark the 100th anniversary of the museum. The SciTec Department worked with industrial design company Develos Product Industrie Design Weimar to create the prototype.

The model shows how the HIV virus – the virus that causes AIDS – slowly destroys its victim’s immune system by accelerating a normal process called homing, which diverts white blood cells from the bloodstream to the lymph system. The model helps understand the structure of the virus and how it works.

After completing the HIV virus model, the University of Applied Sciences Jenna donated it to the Phyletisches Museum in honor of the museum’s 100th anniversary and the Friedrich-Schiller University’s 450th anniversary. It is on permanent display in the Evolution Room of the Phyletisches Museum in Jena.

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