Victrex opens $13 million Polymer Innovation Center

Victrex recently announced that it has opened its new $13 million Polymer Innovation Center in Thornton Cleveleys, U.K. to help accelerate innovation. Victrex currently makes high-performance polyaryletherketone (PAEK) as well as selected parts for gears and dental discs. In hopes of developing next-generation thermoplastic solutions, the new facility is fully-operational and is dedicated to research

3D printed organ models are getting way better: Here’s how

University of Minnesota researchers are taking 3D printed organ models to the next level: They look and feel like the real thing, and integrated sensors help surgeons train. There’s even the potential that such artificial models may someday become the real deal – “bionic organs” used to replace damaged biological organs. The Minnesota researchers published

3D printing could expand medical device regulation: Here’s how

FDA today offered a clearer picture of how it plans to regulate the 3D printing of medical devices – including in non-traditional settings such as medical facilities and academic institutions. “In order to help ensure the safety and effectiveness of these products, we’re working to establish a regulatory framework for how we plan to apply

10 companies to check out at BIOMEDevice San Jose

BIOMEDevice San Jose is an opportunity for thousands of medtech engineers and executives to come together and network. The annual event, created by UBM, is an industry showcase that allows various medtech manufacturers and suppliers to tout their expertise. This year’s event takes place at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif., Dec. 6

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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

9 exhibitors to check out at MD&M Minneapolis

MD&M Minneapolis is an event that brings together more than 5,500 medtech professionals and more than 600 suppliers together at one of the largest medical device industry hubs in the United States. Here are nine exhibitors showcasing some of their latest technologies and services at the show, which takes place Nov. 8–9 at the Minneapolis

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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,

Stratasys introduces rubber-like, engineering-grade 3D printing materials

Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS), a global leader in applied additive technology solutions, announced new material compatibility for its flagship J750 full color, multi-material 3D printing system, delivering additional functionality and versatility for rapid prototyping and tooling applications. Stratasys PolyJet Agilus30 rubber-like material and Digital ABS Plus engineering-grade material can now be used with the Stratasys J750. […]

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 —