3D Printing

Jacob A. Wagner
Staff Consultant
Phone: (402) 881-4860

3-D Printing
The applications of 3D printing are virtually limitless. ESI serves clients with a host of cost-effective 3-D printing services, ranging from the development of pre-manufacturing scale models of components, parts, or assemblies, to the creation of demonstrative courtroom exhibits. When combined with tools such as computed tomography (CT) and laser scanners, 3D printing can be used to document and preserve accurate, easy-to-understand representations of components, structures, and accident scenes in the form of scaled or unscaled models.

Demonstrative Evidence & Court Exhibits
3D printing can be used to help bring critical concepts to life for a trier of fact. In a courtroom, it can provide jurors with a more tactile experience, enabling them to hold a full color 3D version of the object in their hands and visually ‘see’ an object as it exists in space, without being limited to a single point of view.  Because 3D models can be used to demonstrate highly technical or complex concepts, they can be an important tool in the effective presentation of central case issues. Applications include:

Conversion of Point Cloud Data to Physical Models

  • Aircraft
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • Ground Vehicles / Marine Vessels
  • Product Components (Internal & External)
  • Railroad
  • Structures

Medical Models

  • Anatomical Pathology
  • Bones
  • Human Anatomy
  • Injury Conditions
  • Medical Devices & Implants
  • Organs

Data Visualization

  • Finite Element Models
  • Geological Models
  • Molecular Models
  • Patent Figure Models
  • Scaled Demonstratives
  • Terrain Data

3D printing has ushered in profound changes to the way many things are designed, developed, produced, and supported, creating extraordinary opportunities for efficiency gains in almost every manufacturing industry. Design teams can use the 3D models to perform preliminary reviews, offer feedback, and confirm fit, conformance, mechanics, and functionality prior to production.

Rapid prototyping of parts and assemblies can help trim down manufacturing costs and accelerate the pace of innovation, resulting in reduced product-development times. Manufacturing applications of 3D printing include:

  • Content Creation
  • Proof-of-Concept
  • Protoyping
  • Research & Design
  • Testing


Professionals in This Area








Fox, Charles A., Ph.D.   Senior Consultant & Director of Visualization Practice Group   cafox@engsys.com  


Hassebrock, Joel D.   Associate Staff Consultant   jdhassebrock@engsys.com  


Stigge, Jason D.   Staff Consultant   jdstigge@engsys.com  


Wagner, Jacob A., P.E.   Senior Staff Consultant   jawagner@engsys.com