The orthopedics department is using 3D metal printing so that they can do mass-production of orthopedic devices, implants, and instruments.
FREMONT, CA: Until the last decade, orthopedic equipment manufacturing was restricted o plastic and polymer materials due to the lack of additive manufacturing advancements. With the developments additive manufacturing, healthcare manufacturers can develop orthopedic instruments such as implants using preferred metals such as titanium, stainless steel, and cobalt. However, manufacturers' major challenge in large scale commercial production using metals components is the lack of efficient printing and designing technology. Lately, the development of 3D printing technology is assisting the manufacturers to overcome this challenge.
Advantages of 3D technology in additive manufacturing:
Mass Production - Most of the additive manufacturing processes fail in manufacturing in large numbers due to the lack of quality control systems. However, the technological improvement in 3D technology enables large scale commercial production by additive manufacturing by establishing process control.
Efficient production - Embedding software solution into the manufacturing operations with 3D technology help companies can convert image data into a 3D model for commercial manufacturing. Using software increases the speed of commercial production and ensuring quality standards. Using software-based 3D technology for additive manufacturing can double the production rate of orthopedic implants. Hence, resulting in efficient production.
Customized design - Personalized designs and the adoption of intricate designs into metal orthopedic implants have been made possible by 3D printing technology. Bioengineering and designing teams work in collaborations to design the desired prototypes of medical implants using 3D technology, which can then be used for commercial production. Although this application of 3D technology is in the nascent stage for designing medical implants, it is gaining momentum substantially.
Digital fingerprint - With the help of 3D technology, bioengineering designs can be stored and reproduced when required. Software is used to design 3D prints. Hence, these designs can be easily stored and produced with a high degree of accuracy, maintaining the quality standards, using different printers, or engaging different contract equipment manufacturers.