Empowering the Medical Device Industry
With experience in manufacturing more than 850,000 medical devices, beginning with the very first FDA cleared 3D printed titanium implant, 3D systems provides an ecosystem of software, technology, services, and professional consultation, and is the top choice of the medical device industry. Its world-class, FDA registered, ISO 13485-certified facilities—located in both North America and Europe—provide valuable expertise in 3D printing, engineering, quality control, and regulatory requirements. 3D Systems has supported customers from industry leaders to innovative startups in developing a diverse portfolio of groundbreaking precision healthcare applications and medical technology allowing our partners to bring revolutionary medical devices to market faster than ever before.
Being at the forefront of additive manufacturing, 3D Systems' development team is continuously innovating its technology and processes so partners can develop powerful new medical devices, quickly and cost effectively. ProX® DMP 350 and 500 platforms are setting the benchmark in material properties and surface resolution for metal parts. 3DXpert™ software allows devices to be designed specifically for additive manufacturing, providing the ability to create complex porous structures typically could not be created through traditional subtractive manufacturing.
3D printed implants and surgical instruments exhibit excellent mechanical properties enabling accelerated product development without the long lead-times associated with traditional subtractive manufacturing.
FROM 3D PRINTED PROTOTYPING TO 3D PRINTED SERIAL PRODUCTION
- Produce implant prototype variants to evaluate implant concepts and sizes.
- Validated parameter sets which allow for printing metallic parts that meet the ASTM Standards for mechanical properties and chemical composition.
- Finalize and 3D print the implant design in a variety of batch sizes.
- The 3D printing process yields many cost-effective implant types, and is fully compatible with traditional (CNC) manufacturing. 3D printing’s shorter lead times also enable lower inventory cost.
3D Systems' technology and services allow implant developers to add increased functionality to their spinal implant
designs. Our 3D printing technology is producing interbody devices with improved osteoconductive properties with
the proven biocompatibility of Ti6AI4V alloy.
- Titanium fusion implants can incorporate complex porous features.
- High-strength titanium alloys allow for inspection windows in the implant sidewalls for evaluation of implant integration with host tissue.
- Superior fusion enabled by the production of complex lattices promote deeper bone ongrowth & ingrowth.
3D printing can be used to manufacture single-use disposable surgical instruments, re-usable surgical instruments, patient-matched surgical guides, and other patient-contacting medical devices. 3D Systems uses stereolithography, selective laser sintering, and direct metal printing technologies to produce biocompatible, sterilizable medical devices. Validated processes and a robust quality-management system ensure repeatability and reliability of medical devices produced using advanced 3D printing technology to provide healthcare industries with new approaches to complex problems. 3D Systems has validated parameter sets released for instrumentation in 17-4PH, which meet mechanical and chemical properties for ASTM A564.
Prosperos Research Project
3D Systems is proud to take part in the European Union funded research project in "smart" 3D printed implants for repair of large bone defects.