What’s next in 3D printing prototypes

Tony Holtz, Proto Labs 3D printing is advancing, especially for medical device applications. Printer developers are making leaps when it comes to achieving finer resolution and prototypers are improving steps for secondary processes. The 3D printing technology has enabled improvements in micro resolution features and clarity for lenses and microfluidics. The improved secondary operations have created

3D printing can give your medtech startup a competitive edge

You need to be fast and nimble to compete. A strong maker culture enabled by 3D design and 3D printing could be the way to do it. Derek Mathers, Worrell It can be a lonely world for medical and biotechnology startup entrepreneurs during the early days. Despite their deep desire to introduce and scale novel life-extending

Webinar: 3D printing at Medtronic – Sept. 5, 2017

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 2:00pm EDT / 11:00am PDT     Learn how 3D printing empowers medical device manufacturer Medtronic to bring products to clinical use faster, develop better therapies and personalize patient care. With functionally accurate, 3D printed prototypes, Medtronic can complete more design revisions in less time, empower physician feedback through an improved

Stratasys shares steady on Q2 beat

Shares in Stratasys have fallen slightly today, even as the 3D printing and additive manufacturing company met expectations on Wall Street with its second quarter earnings results. The Eden Prairie, Minn.–based company posted losses of $6.2 million, or 11¢ per share, on sales of $170 million for the 3 months ended June 30, seeing losses

Proto Labs officially adds new HP 3D printing technology to offerings

Quick turn manufacturer Proto Labs announced today that it’s added HP’s Multi Jet Fusion to its suite of 3D printing technologies. Proto Labs (Maple Plain, Minn.) had already been among a number of companies testing the HP industrial-grade 3D printing tech. HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology employs an inkjet array to apply fusing and detailing

How to efficiently move from 3D printing to injection molding

Designers in medical device and health industries can benefit from integrating 3D printing, machining and injection molding from prototyping to production and even during the post-launch phase of products. Todd Nelson, Proto Labs Using industrial 3D printing for rapid prototyping of parts for new medical devices and other products can mean design risk reduction for

3D printing is possible in water: why you should care

Can you 3D print in water? According to researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, you can. The Israeli researchers have developed a photoinitiator for 3D printing in water. 3D printing structures in water has always been challenging due to a lack of water soluble molecules known as photoinitiators —

HP’s new 3D printers: Here’s why Proto Labs likes them

Quick-turn manufacturer Proto Labs is among a number of companies testing the new HP Multi Jet Fusion technology for industrial-grade 3D printing. “As far as what we’re testing in, it is definitely becoming a faster way to build parts compared to [selective laser sintering],” Joe Cretella, an applications engineer at Proto Labs (Maple Plain, Minn.), told MDO

Johnson & Johnson Innovation backs 3D printing, coatings and contact lenses

Johnson & Johnson Innovation, the incubation arm of healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), said today that it’s investing in a variety of medical device and pharmaceutical programs, including 3D printing, coatings and contact lenses. The new”investments and strategic transactions” feature a joint effort with MIT spinout Inkbit Corp., which is developing “a unique multi-material

11 companies with interesting technology at MD&M East

Thousands of engineers and executives are expected to descend on the Javits Center in New York next week for MD&M East, the largest medical device manufacturing event on the East Coast. Fun attractions include Apple co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak delivering a keynote speech, the 19th annual Medical Design Excellence Awards, robot battles and a 3D printed

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3D printing could make bionic skin possible: Here’s how

University of Minnesota researchers 3D printed tiny stretchable electronic sensory devices that could enable bionic skin for surgical robots – or a new class of wearables directly printed onto human skin. Their work appeared May 5 in the journal Advanced Materials. “This stretchable electronic fabric we developed has many practical uses,” said Michael McAlpine, a

Stratasys 3D printing is speeding up vision diagnostic systems prototyping

Stratasys – the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company – today announced that Italy-based surgical eye equipment maker Nidek Technologies is using a Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 multi-material color 3D printer to accelerate clinical trial evaluations of its ophthalmological devices (vision diagnostic systems). The R&D division has reported a 75% reduction in prototyping costs, while cutting

Stratasys unveils multi-cell additive manufacturing platform

Stratasys has launched its Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator multi-cell additive manufacturing platform for low-volume, continuous production. The Continuous Build 3D Demonstrator is a modular unit that has multiple 3D print cells working together through a central, cloud-based architecture. The platform is designed to create parts in a continuous manner with very little minor operator intervention.

Infertility: There could be a 3D printing solution

New Northwestern University research offers a potential 3D printing solution for women’s infertility – providing hope for cancer survivors who want to start families. The Northwestern researchers successfully 3D printed a bioprosthetic mouse ovary that ovulated when implanted inside a live mouse. Mice with the bioprosthetic ovaries were able to give birth to live pups,

Stratasys revenue down 3% in Q1

3D printing and additive manufacturing company Stratasys said today that its first-quarter revenue was down 3% year-over-year, to $163.2 million – even as consumable revenue increased 7%. Losses narrowed to $13.9 million, or 26 cents per share, from a loss of $23.1 million, or 44 cents per share a year before. Stratasys officials, however, think results