Amazon Prime delivers speed, dependability, and quality to consumers. This concept is the same in medical manufacturing. Product developers and engineers need to deliver on their timelines, and also make sure they are providing the safest and most effective product for their patients.
When building a part with 3D printing, the machine’s resolution can have a significant impact on the final part by determining the minimum feature size, surface finish quality, and cost. Stereolithography (SLA) 3D printing is available in three resolutions (normal, high, and micro) for a range of part geometries. Most parts can be built in normal resolution, but high resolution may also be required.
Overmolding is an injection molding process that allows an additional layer of resin to be added to an existing molded part to provide a combination of characteristics that no single material can provide. Substrate and overmold resins can complement one another, but to be effective, they have to be compatible.
This webinar discusses how rapid prototyping accelerates medical device development. Topics covered include the utilization of rapid manufacturing, how to reduce the development cycle, and how to reach validation and FDA approval, as well as the reduction of upfront development costs.
There are more than 85,000 options for plastic materials listed in materials databases, and within those, there are 45 polymer families, which can be broadly classified into two categories: thermosets and thermoplastics. With a primary focus on the latter, this discussion offers some insight into material selection and common applications.
Protolabs helps remove the speed bumps created by tedious quoting times with an automated system that provides an interactive quote within hours of uploading a 3D CAD model.
You can make adjustments to the surface finish, material, and delivery of your parts inside the quote, and pricing will update in real time. The quote also highlights any potential design issues — from draft to material flow — and recommends immediate solutions. The result is quality parts shipped to you really fast.