• Why Overmolding Works Well For Human-Factors Engineering
    Why Overmolding Works Well For Human-Factors Engineering

    Factors driving the adoption of human factors engineering include market demand for intuitive products, the world’s growing, aging population, mass customization of products, and greater patient engagement. User preference now is almost as important as clinical efficacy, as customer feedback and performance metrics affect how hospitals and other providers are compensated by insurance companies and Medicare.

  • Advancing Medtech Development: Metal 3D Printing’s Expanding Role

    Meeting patient needs in challenging medical circumstances requires patient-specific implants and specialized surgical instruments. These implants and instruments can require such small, intricate parts — often with features, geometries, or enclosed channels — that they would be impossible to produce without the industrial 3D-printing process of direct metal laser sintering (DMLS).

  • How Rapid Manufacturing Can Help Medtech Serve An Aging Population

    As the world's aging population will places increasing demands on the healthcare system, the challenge for medical device companies is to develop products and services to meet this demand, in a cost-conscious manner, in the face of what has been referred to as an impending “demographic storm.”

  • How Rapid Overmolding Fits Into The Medical Device Puzzle

    Overmolding is a two-part injection molding process entailing the production of a typically rigid substrate part (made of plastic or metal) that is partially or fully molded over a second, often softer, material to create a finished part. Substrates can be produced by numerous means, but the most common approach is to use a two-shot molding process: The substrate is molded in the first shot, and the overmold material is molded in the second shot.

  • Rapid Manufacturing Of Metal Components For Medtech Applications

    As rapid prototyping has evolved, so have the ways in which metal is fabricated. You not only have traditional methods like CNC machining and die casting, but advanced processes like metal injection molding (MIM), magnesium thixomolding, and an additive manufacturing (3D printing) process called direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) that is increasingly being used to produce parts for medical applications.

  • Thermoplastic Injection Molding Design For Medical Prototyping — Key Considerations

    Like many industries, the development path for medical devices differs with every product and its unique requirements. However, all medical devices have a series of FDA approval gates to clear and clinic trials to administer and analyze that often dictate a device’s path to market.

  • The Importance Of Liquid Silicone Rubber In Medical Device Development

    Every product places demands on materials, but demands in the medical industry can be particularly stringent. When medical products and devices don’t perform as they should, the consequences can be serious, immediate, and costly.

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Rob Bodor

Rob Bodor is currently VP and GM of the Americas at Proto Labs, a leading online and technology-enabled quick-turn manufacturer of custom parts for prototyping and low- to mid-volume production. At Proto Labs, he has also held roles as CTO and director of business development. Prior to joining Proto Labs, Bodor held leadership roles at Honeywell and McKinsey & Company, and has been on the executive team of two early-stage software companies in the Twin Cities. Robert holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in engineering and computer science.