Rapid Prototyping, also known as 3D printing, has become essential to many industries as it provides a simple and quick means of identifying any flaws in a product design at an early stage, thereby offering an opportunity to correct them in a cost-effective manner, i.e. prior to undertaking CNC machining with its associated costs.
The move to rapid prototyping has brought huge benefits to the medical device industry as it allows for a more agile approach to the production of medical jigs and fixtures. Designers and engineers can now inspect, evaluate and if necessary correct or optimize the parts at an early stage in the proceedings and in a cost-efficient manner. This means that even though medical jigs and fixtures could feasibly go through more than one iteration before the final specification is created, they can still be created in a manner which is time-efficient as well as cost-efficient so that downtime is minimized or even avoided completely.
Since we anticipate that our key customers come from the medical device industry, we offer rapid prototyping in ABS, which is one of the most popular materials for rapid prototyping in that sector. It offers a high degree of impact resistance, heat resistance and general robustness.
Furthermore, our 3D printer is a dual extruder machine which allows for printing with two materials. This expands the capability of the printer to print intricate geometries. Our service is ideal for the creation of medical device prototypes, parts for delivery systems, medical device handles and fixture parts. We use an industrial grade printer, which is capable of handling large prototypes which means that large prototypes can be built as one whole. This removes the inconvenience of splitting the CAD files into pieces for printing and then reassembling them. It therefore also saves time since the prototype which is created is ready immediately.