Norman Noble now offering additive manufacturing capabilities

Norman Noble (Highland Heights, Ohio) recently announced that it now has additive manufacturing capabilities that could help with product designs that can’t necessarily be manufactured using standard methods. New additive manufactured and 3D printed parts from the company can be made of metallic based alloys like titanium, stainless and cobalt chrome with the ability to

This patented 3D printing method could boost medical device innovation

Michael McAlpine, a 3D printing pioneer at the University of Minnesota, suspects that a method he helped invent to print semiconductors could help boost innovation in the medical device field and elsewhere. The U.S. Patent Office in February issued a patent for “3D printed active electronic materials and devices.” The patent covers work that McAlpine, a

Is 3D printing going to replace injection molding?

3D printing and injection molding each have their own benefits and limitations when it comes to making medical device parts, according to experts from PTI Engineered Plastics, Carbon and Protolabs.  Medical device parts makers are increasingly turning to 3D printing, but additive manufacturing has yet to reach the tipping point where it could supplant injection molding

Materialise touts FDA first in clearance of 3D printed anatomical model tech

Materialise said today it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its Mimis inPrint software designed for 3D printing anatomical models for diagnostic use, touting it as the first clearance of its kind. The Belgian company said that last August, the FDA ruled that software designed to create files for 3D printing patient-specific anatomical models for diagnostic purposes […]

Here’s why Protolabs acquired Rapid Manufacturing Group

When Protolabs acquired Nashua, N.H.–based Rapid Manufacturing Group late last year, the deal was about expanding Protolabs’ CNC machining capabilities. It also added sheet metal to Protolabs’ list of quick-turn manufacturing services. For Rapid, Protolabs buying the company offered the opportunity for Rapid to become, well, more rapid, Burke Bero, a product manager at Rapid, recently

GW Plastics expands in-house tooling capabilities

GW Plastics (Royalton, Vt.) recently announced that it has expanded and upgraded its tooling facility, adding additive manufacturing technology. The company has invested in medical 3D printing technology to help with conformal cooling and improve cycle times up to 30%. “This additive manufacturing technology streamlines tool design, reducing the components needed to build a mold

Webinar: How a 3D printer’s versatility enables medical innovation

This webinar was presented live on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. Click below to watch on demand.     View this webinar to learn how 3D printing’s versatility has paved the way for medical advancements by Cardiovascuar Systems. To help fight the battle against CAD and PAD, CSI works continuously to advance their devices and develop

MD&M West 2018: Medtech supplier innovations you need to know

Updated Feb. 5 More than 20,000 engineers and executives are expected to gather and network for the annual MD&M West – one of the largest annual medical device manufacturing events. The event takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., Feb. 6–8, and houses an array of industry suppliers showcasing their latest technologies and manufacturing advancements. Think medical

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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,