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

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

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

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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ADM Cleveland: Here are some top medtech manufacturing highlights

Updated March 31, 2017 The inaugural Advanced Design and Manufacturing conference and expo in Cleveland showcased some of the medical device industry’s top design and manufacturing technology over the past week. From manufacturing depression treating machines to dry ice cleaning machines, here are some notable exhibitors from the show. Next >> [Want to stay more on top

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Proto Labs adds PolyJet tech to its 3D printing offerings

Quick-turn manufacturer Proto Labs (Maple Plain, Minn.) announced tody that it has added PolyJet technology to its industrial 3D printing service. Proto Labs made the announcement at the Advanced Design & Manufacturing Expo in Cleveland (Booth #717). PolyJet is one of a number of commonly used 3D printing processes. It is a layer-by-layer process, in

7 disruptive innovations from medical device suppliers

Medical device innovation doesn’t just come from small, single-product startups – contract manufacturers are increasingly a part of developing truly disruptive medtech.  Chris Newmarker, Managing Editor People sometimes make the mistake of viewing innovation as the product of a few geniuses and mavericks. But in fact, it is often the result of teamwork, as the writer

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MD&M West 2017: 7 medical device industry supplier innovations

Updated Feb. 10, 2017 More than 20,000 engineers and executives headed to Anaheim, California, over the past week for MD&M West—which its creator UBM bills as the world’s largest annual medical device manufacturing event. The event boasts a multitude of medical device–related products and services, ranging from co-extrusion to metal cleaning fluids. Here are 7 of the

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Q&A: How to think about insert molding for prototyping

Becky Cater is a product manager at Proto Labs, with specific expertise in injection molding, overmolding, and insert molding. She recently answered some of Medical Design and Outsourcing’s key questions about insert molding, and offered some insight on how rapid manufacturing is making the technology more accessible than ever before. MDO editor: What is insert

Gaining a competitive edge with digital manufacturing

Rob Bodor, VP and GM of the Americas, Proto Labs As suppliers to medtech manufacturers, we’ve had the opportunity to work with a variety of companies in this space—from large medical device OEMs to early-stage medtech firms—to help deliver transformative technologies and products to market. This market is sizeable, and a fiercely competitive one. The United

How Proto Labs is helping the blind to see—with their tongues

Injection-molded polycarbonate parts from Proto Labs played a significant role when it came to Middleton, Wis.–based Wicab ramping up production of its BrainPort “oral electronic vision device.” The BrainPort V100 received FDA de novo marketing approval last year for use among the profoundly blind. It uses a small headset-mounted video camera to capture visual information. The