Medtech innovation: Here’s how you speed it up

Here’s how medtech can speed up its processes and tap into innovation, courtesy of Peter Douglass, director of technical operations at Proto Labs. Innovation in the medtech space is what every company wants. And there are many theories on how to get there. One is that improving the speed at which you develop will naturally

FAIs: When do you use conventional versus digital inspection methods?

Tony Holtz, Proto Labs First article inspections (FAIs) can be time-consuming and costly, but they are a necessary step in getting medical devices from product design to production. Medical device manufacturers are likely familiar with the process, although most leave it to suppliers to handle. Even if that is the case, device makers should get

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

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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How Proto Labs is helping to make bioabsorbable surgical staples

Quick-turn contract manufacturer Proto Labs is playing an important role helping Opus KSD (Peacham, Vt.) ramp up production of  SubQ It! – a disposable, handheld surgical stapler that uses bioabsorbable fasteners beneath the skin. Health practitioners generally use bioabsorbable, thread-like material or a surgical stapler with metal staples to close the small openings created during laparoscopic surgery.

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

Can I use overmolding in prototypes?

Becky Carter/Product Manager/ProtoLabs Overmolding is the process of molding two or more materials together to create a single part. The process is used in medical devices, for example, to create soft-touch grip handles for surgical instruments. The technology can improve functionality and comfort for users. Overmolding can also be used to mold multiple colors on

Rapid overmolding from Proto Labs advances injection molding services

Proto Labs, an online and technology-enabled quick-turn manufacturer, has officially launched its overmolding service—expanding on the company’s rapid injection molding offerings. This new capability can produce 25 to 10,000+ custom overmolded parts in 15 days or less. Product designers and engineers use overmolding to improve grip and durability, dampen vibration and to add two-color aesthetics

Microfluidics manufacturing: Advanced manufacturing techniques ease the process

The microfluidics market is expected to reach $7.5 billion by 2020, up from $3.1 billion in 2015, at a compound annual growth rate of 19.3%, according to Market & Markets. The microfluidics market has grown over the last decade due to the growing pharmaceutical and biotechnology research funding, rising incidences of lifestyle diseases and rising geriatric population. However, high prices