Next Generation Design for Medical Devices

By William Chanatry

Medical devices that improve patient outcomes and return a profit have long been the focus for most med-tech organizations. Devices offering health benefits and safety are essential, with “bleeding edge” innovation often remaining in the background. As a result, companies have historically chosen mainstream tools and methodologies to avoid risk.

Societal, technology, and healthcare trends are forcing change. Providers and patients are demanding medical devices that are more personalized and consumer-centric, and enable more effective and lower-cost diagnosis and therapies. Rapidly evolving 3D printing technology has emerged as a key to innovative medical therapies and products.

In some workflows, patient-specific images are used to 3D print devices that fit a unique anatomy or disease condition. In others, for devices that may not be patient-specific, 3D printing enables shaping and texturing that can only be economically produced using these methods. Our Personalization and 3D Printing solutions will streamline 3D printing workflows for both design and manufacturing, greatly reducing the complexity and rework caused by disparate, disconnected toolsets that have become the norm. Our solutions focus on device and therapy innovation that leverages the power of 3D printing while avoiding tedious, inefficient, and error-prone procedures.

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