How have medtech launches and prototyping evolved with 3D printing?

Here are three basic ways that 3D printing can help you get your medical device project off the ground. Jim Medsker, Keystone Solutions Group Additive manufacturing, commonly referred to as 3D printing, began to surface in the 1980s. Since then, the technology has quickly become a valuable tool for creating plastic prototype parts in a rapid

3D printing options are growing for medtech development: Here’s how

The new Multi Jet Fusion process out of HP is but the latest 3D printing technology to up the game for medical device development. Here’s a roundup of what’s available. Jon Eric Van Roekel, Proto Labs The medical device industry continues to be driven by innovation. Some sources, including medical market research firm Kalorama Information,

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-printed organ developer BioLife4D seeks $50 million IPO

Biological 3D printing developer BioLife4D has filed for a $50 million initial public offering as it looks to commercialize its cardiac tissue regeneration and organ replacement processes. The Chicago-based company said yesterday it is developing technologies with an end goal of creating a 3D bioprinted viable human heart suitable for transplant. Funds from the offering

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

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 —

8 ways 3D printing is making surgery remarkable

3D printing is already making a difference in healthcare: It enables models of organs to train surgeons and educate patients –and improve surgical outcomes. Doctors previously had to examine actual organs with their hands to get a feel for what they need to do surgically. Now, MRIs and 3D printers eliminate the need to put

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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

3D printing is stransforming maxillofacial surgeries: Here’s how

Customized, 3D models for pre-surgical preparations are transforming maxillofacial surgical procedures in the U.K. – thanks to Stratasys’ PolyJet 3D printing. Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, U.K. is using Stratasys’ Objet Eden350V 3D Printer and has reported having an up to 93% reduction in surgical planning time that comes with standard anatomical models. They have

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

Stratasys and Desktop Metal partner to speed up metal additive manufacturing

Stratasys and Desktop Metal announced that the 2 companies will be extending their strategic partnership to help speed up the accessibility and use of metal additive manufacturing. The new partnership includes distribution efforts and outlines other go-to-market activities for the future. As a polymer 3D printing company, Stratasys’s collaboration with Desktop Metal’s metal 3D printing is

3D printed babies could help train surgeons: Here’s how

An Eindhoven University of Technology PhD candidate is using 3D printing to create realistic models of baby skeletons and other organs to help train surgeons. Mark Thielen created an infant mannequin prototype that had realistic bones and organs. The model had a 3D printed heart with functioning valves and lungs that could breath like real

Watershed acquires 3D printer Additive Innovations

Medical device incubator Watershed said it paid an unspecified amount to acquire 3D printer Additive Innovations. The new company, operating under the Watershed umbrella, named Additive Innovations founder Nick Cordaro as CEO. Watershed, founded last September by VC shop Fountainhead Investment Partners, will be run out of Encinitas, Calif., and San Antonio, the company said.