The Benefits of 3D Printing for Medical Devices
If you follow us on social media, this topic might look a little familiar to you. That’s because this Is what we covered on a webinar this week with the applied Medical Device Institute (aMDI).
If you didn’t get a chance to sit in on the webinar, don’t worry! We’re recapping some of the biggest takeaways about 3D printing from the event.
Where the Industry Stands
Believe it or not, North America currently leads the world in additive manufacturing techniques. In 2019 alone, it was a $10 billion industry, even though only about fifty companies were offering additive manufacturing services.
Why the disparity? Additive manufacturing techniques like 3D printing are wonderful solutions, but sometimes the line gets blurred as to when it’s the best option. A lot of professionals find themselves asking, “where is the breaking point between what conventional manufacturing can accomplish and where additive manufacturing is the best bet?”
We’re so glad you asked.
The Benefits of Additive Manufacturing
When it comes to medical device manufacturing, additive manufacturing offers a wide variety of benefits. These include:
- A faster time to market and to design testing
- Minimal material waste
- Decreased inventory and warehousing due to on-demand builds
- Decreased design limitations
- No initial capital investment, which leads to an improved ROI
The entire process is, as a whole, much less cumbersome for medical device manufacturers and clients alike. Plus, this technology continually improves, which means these benefits are evolving even more every day.
Our team has been working closely with 3D medical device manufacturing through our partnership with aMDI. In fact, we’re part of a two-and-a-half-year study to test the feasibility of 3D printed medical devices in Grand Rapids.