With the advancements of CAD renderings and virtual reality simulations in medical design and development process, there is still no better way to initially assess a design than to have it in your hands.
3D printing for medical devices is typically associated with the design development stages and is often also referred to as additive manufacturing.
Since its conception in the 1980s, 3D printing has been utilised across many different industries for multiple applications. The key to knowing when to use 3D printing is understanding which 3D printing method is most beneficial for your application. Mi3 have the experience to understand the technicalities of 3D printing prototypes and finished products, and understand the benefit of not only providing a printed component, but a full package of knowledge around this technology. This makes us ideally suited to being the partner of choice to advise our customers on the best 3D printing methods available and their suitability to their specific applications.
At Mi3 we understand the critical differences between a prototype and the finished device. We will advise you on the steps required and physical differences to consider when printing prototypes compared to your final product.
What is 3D Printing?
Medical 3D printing is a process that creates a three dimensional version of your product by building successive layers of raw materials. Each new layer is attached to the previous one until the product is complete. The products are produced from a digital 3D CAD drawing.
3D Printing your Prototype
3D medical printing is now also advanced enough to produce finished goods, although due to the production times for 3D printing, it is typically only suitable for low volume (~50 Units Max) production. Mi3 offers 3D printing of medical devices for prototyping or low volume manufacturing runs. For more information on Medical product prototyping see here.