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Pharmaceutical Company Zoetis Inc. Ran the World’s Largest 3D Printed Educational Campaign Across Canada 0

If you stepped into a veterinary clinic in Canada recently, you might have come across this 3D printed "flea" house.

Zoetis Inc., the world's largest producer of medicine and vaccinations for pets and livestock, wanted a unique teaching tool for veterinary staff to educate their clients on the risks of a flea infestation in the home as well as talk to clients about a comprehensive tick control strategy.  They therefore ran the world's largest 3D printing and augmented reality based educational campaign across Canada.

Pharmaceutical Company - Zoetis Inc. Runs the World's Largest Educational Campaign Across Canada using 3D Printing

CHM Communications, a full-service bilingual advertising agency specializing in strategic and creative thinking together with partner MatterThings - 3D printing services, conceived and executed this project.

Pharmaceutical Company Zoetis Inc. Ran the World’s Largest 3D Printing and Augmented Reality (AR) Based Educational Campaign Across Canada


The model allows staff to easily illustrate the issues with regards to fleas on pets and in the home, and on the back there is a slot for a handout on tick control and a holder for tick removers for the client to take home.

 

Pharmaceutical Company Zoetis Inc. Ran the World’s Largest 3D Printing and Augmented Reality (AR) Based Educational Campaign Across Canada

INTEGRATED MOBILE AUGMENTED REALITY

CHM Communications brought a unique feature to the flea house by having incorporated augmented reality.  

Using a downloaded app on your phone or tablet, it would recognize, in this case, the image below which is the back of the flea house. An educational video would then launch about the risks of a flea infestation in the home and how to control it. 

Pharmaceutical Company - Zoetis Inc. Runs the World's Largest Educational Campaign Across Canada using 3D Printing

   

MANUFACTURING: 3D PRINTING THE FLEA HOUSES

From design to production, all components of these 440 model houses manufactured for the campaign were 100% made right here in Montreal (Quebec) Canada. 

Pharmaceutical Company - Zoetis Inc. Runs the World's Largest Educational Campaign Across Canada using 3D Printing

MatterThings - 3D Printing had over twenty of their 3D printers working around the clock for several months to complete the production.


Pharmaceutical Company - Zoetis Inc. Runs the World's Largest Educational Campaign Across Canada using 3D Printing


To give you an idea, each room took 4.5 hours to 3D print and 309 g. of PLA bio-plastic on one of their MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printers.

Pharmaceutical Company - Zoetis Inc. Runs the World's Largest Educational Campaign Across Canada using 3D Printing

PLA (Polylactic Acid) a food safe bio-plastic derived from renewable resources - corn starch was used to 3D print the houses and furniture.  This bio-plastic is very durable and resists many solvents such as acetone, motor oil, gasoline, paint thinner, etc.

Pharmaceutical Company - Zoetis Inc. Runs the World's Largest Educational Campaign Across Canada using 3D Printing

MatterThings - 3D Printing Services used every generation of MakerBot desktop 3D printer to build each component of the house.  Even their Cupcake and Thing-o-Matic were busy 3D printing mattresses and arm chairs!


To learn more about the following companies visit:

Zoetis Canada: www.zoetis.ca
CHM Communications: www.chmcommunications.com

 

MatterThings Inc. - 3D Printing
514-312-6060
www.matterthings.com
3d@matterthings.com

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Folie Technique Custom 3D Printed Headphones Project 0

Students attending summer camp at Polytechnique Montréal took part in an engineering program where they designed custom headphones, and we 3D printed them.

 

The Program

As part of an initiative to garner interest in the sciences among younger individuals, Polytechnique Montréal organizes a summer camp for ages 7-17 called Folie Technique. At the summer camp, attendees take part in multiple interactive projects which teach them technical skills and help them visualize various scientific concepts.

 

This program was created in 1991, and has been giving students scientific and technical skills since then. Last year nearly 1400 students attended the summer camp!

 

The Project

This particular project was part of a series of workshops on mechanical engineering. Starting by teaching students to make and understand technical drawings and 3D models, the students then make technical drawings of their custom headphone designs using a CAD (computer-aided design system).

 

From there we receive the files and print the students' headphones (only the exterior earpiece, not the headband) in their desired colors. Using PLA, we created more headphones than we can count, and the students seem very happy with their new functional headphones, as you can see!

 

Happy Students with their Headphones

 

Have something you want 3D printed? We can help! Our contact information is just below.

 

MatterThings Inc. - 3D Printing
514-312-6060
www.matterthings.com
3d@matterthings.com

We´re in Pincourt, the West Island of Montreal, Quebec, Canada

McGill Robotics Design Contest: 3D Printed Robot 0

Members of the Mac Robotics Club came to MatterThings with an amazing project: To create a robot using mostly 3D printed parts for the ASABE Robotics Student Design Competition.

 

The Mac Robotics Club

The Mac Robotics Club consists of students from the Macdonald Campus of McGill University who have a passion for coding, electronics, mechanical sciences, engineering and computer modeling. The club teaches its members to create robotic systems that solve engineering, scientific and mathematical problems using the previously mentioned passions.

 

Members Ryan Knight, Amanda Boatswain Jacques, Roberto Buelvas and Nicolas Buxbaum make up the team that took part in the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Student Design Competition, where they entered their 3D printed three-robot system.

 

Mac Robotics Team Members

Above you can see the members of the Mac Robotics team that took part in the competition.

 

The ASABE Robotics Student Design Competition

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Student Design Competition (abbreviated ASABE), is a competition that is held annually where teams compete to create functional robotic systems which solve real-world agricultural problems.

To quote Amanda Botswain Jaqcues, "this activity gathers teams of university students from the United States, Canada, and most recently China, that will all compete".

This year's competition was focused on "developing a fully autonomous system simulating the pruning process of raspberry primocanes and floricanes". Essentially, that means developing an automated system to prune (to trim away old or overgrown branches) raspberry plants (also known as canes).

 

The Project

The team's project consisted of a three robot system, all of which used 3D printed parts, which of course, we 3d printed for them.

 

3D Printed Three-Robot System

Pictured above: Mac Robotics Team's three-robot system.

 

Amanda praised our service, going as far as to say "during the stressful time before the competition, they provided great assistance and even worked after hours to make sure our parts would be completed on time and with no defects".

The team's robot system scored 3rd place among 13 teams! 

Have something you want 3D printed? Feel free to contact us using the information below!

 

MatterThings Inc. - 3D Printing
514-312-6060
www.matterthings.com
3d@matterthings.com

We´re in Pincourt, the West Island of Montreal, Quebec, in Canada

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