Brush Beam Improves Prototyping with 3D Printing
The explosive success of 3D printing is finding applications in a new area for prototyping and manufacturing: dentistry. Beam Brush, whose main claim-to-fame includes the recent release of the first blue chip-embedded toothbrush to track healthy brushing habits, is effectively shaking up the medical device supply chain while netting huge savings.
“We wanted to build a stand for our toothbrush because early customers had started asking for one,” Beam Brush cofounder Alex Fromeyer said in an interview. An innovative answer came in the form of 3D printing. Now, he said, “we are one of the first consumer medical device companies to use 3D printers and one of the first companies to own the Replicator 2.”
Beam Brush, the World’s First Smart Toothbrush
This move allows the digital health startup a huge amount of flexibility and independence from start to finish.
“We didn’t have to engage the mold maker at a cost to us because we were 90% of the way there,” said Fromeyer, explaining the mold maker simply transferred the spec from the MakerBot format to its software after the initial design had been finalized in-house. “We also built our own supply chain and we do packaging and fulfillment.”
Beam Brush has now extended the process to make manufacturing and assembling brushes more efficient.
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