Empowering the Medical Device Industry
The 3D Systems Healthcare is partnering with the medical device industry to drive the next generation of healthcare products and applications. 3D printing and advanced manufacturing technology enable new product innovation by accelerating the design process—bringing revolutionary medical devices to market faster than ever before.
Being at the forefront of advanced manufacturing, 3D Systems strives to continuously innovate its technology and processes so partners can develop powerful new medical devices, quickly and cost effectively. Above all, 3D Systems strives to use 3D printing to improve patient outcomes and improve the human condition.
With a full ecosystem of software, technology, services, and professional consultation, 3D Systems is the top choice of the medical device industry. Its world-class, FDA-registered, ISO 13485-certified facilities located in both North America and Europe—provide valuable expertise in 3D printing, engineering, quality control, and regulatory requirements. 3D Systems has helped industry leaders develop a diverse portfolio of groundbreaking precision healthcare applications and medical technology.
Shift from 3D Printed Prototyping to 3D Printed Serial Production
- Produce implant prototype variants to evaluate implant concepts and sizes.
- Finalize and 3D print the implant design in a variety of batch sizes.
- The 3D printing process yields many cost-effective implant types, and is fully compatible with traditional (CNC) manufacturing. 3D printing’s shorter lead times also enable lower inventory cost.
The mechanical properties of 3D Systems' 3D printed parts comply with all relevant standards for medical implants.
3D Systems' technology and services allow implant developers to add increased functionality to their spinal implant designs. 3D printing technology is enabling the spine industry to design fusion interbody devices with a proven biocompatible and osteoconductive material like Ti6Al4V alloy.
- Titanium fusion implants can incorporate complex porous features.
- High-strength titanium alloys allow for inspection windows in the implant sidewalls for evaluation of implant integration with host tissue.
3D printing can be used to manufacture single-use disposable surgical instruments, re-usable surgical instruments, patient-matched surgical guides, and other patient-contacting medical devices. 3D Systems uses stereolithography, selective laser sintering, and direct metal printing technologies to produce biocompatible, sterilizable medical devices from facilities in North America and Europe. Validated processes and a robust quality-management system ensure repeatability and reliability of medical devices produced using advanced 3D printing technology to provide healthcare industries with new approaches to complex problems.
Prosperos Research Project
3D Systems is proud to take part in the European Union funded research project in "smart" 3D printed implants for repair of large bone defects.