As often happens in the medical industry, innovative ideas, hatched in university research settings, spawn innovative companies, which create innovative products. A case in point: HemoSonics. This company used 3D printing, CNC machining, and injection molding to quickly develop a blood analysis machine.
This article explores injection molding, CNC machining, and additive manufacturing (3D printing), and weighs each technology's strengths and weaknesses relative to prototyping and low-volume production for the medical industry. It also discusses the Food and Drug Administration approval process, including verification and validation, and form and fit testing.
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.
NOVO Engineering is a design engineering firm that specializes in product development. The company recently utilized injection molding and machining capabilities to prototype a new applicator for a glucose monitoring system. This article outlines how digital manufacturing fits within the design process and addresses the challenges surmounted during the development of this medical device.
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.
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.