Siege Advanced Manufacturing teamed up with the Biological Sciences department of the National University of Singapore to design and manufacture customised biological vial holders for DNA sequencing. The storage of insects in the vials occur in large quantities and the current apparatus used do not allow for the easy picking and sorting of the specimens. With the use of 3D printing, the biological sciences department was able to design a customised vial that allowed for the efficient and easy collection and removal of insect species.

Different 3D designs were first done and 3D printed for rapid prototyping and to see if they are suitable for improving the lab’s workflow. After the design was finalised upon, 3D printing mass manufacturing of the holders were done. 3D printing has also allowed for huge cost savings in the vials. Additionally, hundreds of holders are able to be mass manufactured in the Siege production site in just a week, enabling for rapid production and also urgent and last minute requests.

This project has greatly decreased the inconvenience and and complexity of the storage system. Furthermore, with the use of 3D printing, any future modifications to the design to further improve it is possible. Just a tweak in the digital 3D file and it is good for production with the new design immediately.

With the cost efficiency, speed and flexibility of 3D printing, this technology is definitely a force to be reckoned with!