Global beauty manufacturer teams up with Stratasys.

Founded in 2003, Quadpack is a global manufacturer of packaging solutions to the beauty industry. One of Quadpack’s long-term business goals is to increase innovation through enhanced research and development. Coupled with this is the goal to increase time to market for its clients. To achieve these goals, the company recently expanded its design team to create the Design and Advanced Technologies department. 

Real solution.

“The tool we developed combines the two existing tools into a single unit,” says design engineer Richard Franks. “As the surgeon squeezes two handle pieces together, the ratchet tightens the screws.” The engineers produced a working polycarbonate ratchet strong enough to withstand testing on stainless steel set-screws and durable enough to survive an autoclave. In addition, says senior engineering manager Troy McDonald, “Surgeons are really rough on these prototypes while trying them out, so we have got to have tough material. FDM gave us the strength and durability we needed.”
“These models give us the best opportunity to re-create human physiologic conditions…”
Jeremy Garrard, director of design and advanced technologies, Quadpack Industries
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Perfecting surgical skills with Tissue Matrix

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As heart surgeries become increasingly intricate and complicated, planning patient-specific care for challenging cases has become more difficult using traditional methods. “When you are dealing with a complex situation where different organ systems are abnormal, each one needing its own specialist team with real-time decision making at the time of surgery, it becomes very difficult to coordinate, plan and make decisions,” said Rajesh Krishnamurthy, M.D., section chief of radiology research at Texas Children’s Hospital.

In a step aimed at increasing innovation, Quadpack purchased a Stratasys J750 – the world’s only full color, multi-material 3D printer – from local Stratasys partner Tri Tech 3D. The 3D printer is now at the heart of the Design and Advanced Technologies department. Much of the work on the J750 involves testing new ideas using three types of models. First, Quadpack develops prototype models for new references in its Q-Line range of beauty packaging solutions. The company also develops samples for clients who need bespoke models. As the team gets closer to production, whether for custom projects or its own product range, it manufactures trial molds to test designs prior to full-scale production.


“Having been limited on color, materials and production time with our previous 3D printer, we bought the J750 because we needed greater speed and flexibility to produce the three types of models we use,” explained Garrard. “Its unique full-color, multi-material capabilities give us the freedom we need to test new ideas with ease. The early stages of design and development are also vastly accelerated. Once a concept is ready to be developed into a product, it all moves at great speed – we create a 3D model, test it using a 3D printed trial mold and we’re ready for fullscale production. The ability to address all these areas of design and production with one 3D printer makes for a much better return on investment. When it comes to 3D printing, as far as we’re aware, no one in our industry has 3D printing capability as cutting-edge as ours,” he added.