We know just how responsive and agile 3D printing technology can be and its position as an increasingly valuable resource and partner in medical manufacturing comes as no surprise. Here at Fluxaxis, we can offer certified medical grade 3D printing materials on two of our Stratasys machines: our recently upgraded Stratasys Fortus 900mc AND our Stratasys F900. Materials include PC-ISO and ABS-M30i.
PC–ISO is a strong, heat-resistant engineering thermoplastic commonly used in food and drug packaging and medical device manufacturing. It is biocompatible, gamma and EtO sterilizable and complies with ISO 10993 and USP Class VI standards.
ABS-M30i is a high strength material well suited for the medical, pharmaceutical and food packaging industries. Parts manufactured with ABS-M30i material are biocompatible (ISO 10993 USP Class VI) and can be gamma or EtO sterilized.
The advantages of Additive Manufacturing in medicine are pretty similar to the benefits gained in any industry: SPEED, reduced COST and FLEXIBILITY. The 3D Printing solutions offered by Stratasys technology complement and enhance traditional manufacturing.
Medical Devices & Equipment: Quick, Agile, Cost-effective.
For manufacturers of medical devices, this speed, agility and cost-effectiveness applies to end use products, parts or prototypes. Rapid prototyping, in particular, enables manufacturers to accelerate the speed at which a brand-new device or product iteration can get to market, moving quickly from prototype to the 3D printed final product.
AM negates the need for the usual expensive and time-consuming tooling processes: 3D printed parts, patterns, moulds or tool masters can be printed directly from CAD data in just days or even hours, allowing production to be far more responsive and agile. You can print what you need, as and when you need it, or undertake large production runs.
And if you need spare parts? With 3D printing, there’s no need to hold large inventories of parts and spares. The speed at which spares and replacement parts are produced can help prevent essential equipment from being out of use when it’s most needed, eliminating the usual lead times and responding agilely to demand spikes as well as design changes.
Planning, Preparation & Training: Realising complex and organic geometries.
3D printing also excels at producing organic, complex geometries that just can’t be manufactured any other way. This brings in a whole raft of other medical applications, including the printing of surgical planning models and numerous education and training purposes. For surgical planning, the accuracy and specificity of models can provide invaluable in preparation, giving surgical teams models based on patient scans that are spatially, tactilely and physically accurate. 3D printed models can be made in multiple materials to replicate a wide range of very specific human pathologies with biomechanical accuracy.
Do you have a 3D printing project we can help with? Please get in touch.