Medical Prototypes & Medical Device Production Using Medical 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing
ProtoCAM specializes in medical prototyping and medical 3D printing/additive manufacturing. Past ProtoCAM projects have included medical device prototypes, medical models, and physical prototypes of anatomical parts for medical applications. The use of 3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies in medical applications is relatively new and innovative, and allows medical device designers to generate a physical, tangible medical prototype to work with.
Medical rapid prototyping has been used for:
- Medical devices
- Physical anatomical parts
- Medical models
- Orthopedic master patterns
Medical Device Prototyping and Production
The design process for new or improved medical devices, such as catheters, stents, fluid administration systems, drug delivery systems, chemotherapy tips, syringes, cardio-vascular devices, vascular access devices, etc. includes the important step of producing, examining, and testing a physical medical prototype. Engineers and designers benefit from having a medical prototype to sample its size and get an idea of a its form, fit, and feel. Questions to ask include: Does the shape feel the way you wanted it to? Do joints allow easy attachments? Is there anything obstructing operators as they use the product?
Besides actual devices for medical uses, 3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies can be used for component parts for any medical equipment. ProtoCAM has produced medical device prototypes for many major device and medical equipment manufacturers. This extensive experience with medical prototypes is a compelling reason to work with ProtoCAM.
Advances in replacing or augmenting human anatomical parts have driven the growth of prototype medical parts. This could be an actual implanted physical part that requires a medical prototype using medical grade material for testing, or it could be a model that is used for research. For example, a replacement part that might use the medical implant rapid prototyping process would be a bone implant or prosthesis. Or the medical part might be an inserted piece used as a brace or supporting structure, such as a rod for a broken bone. In any case, the rapid prototyping process applied to physical medical parts is another innovative use of 3D printing technology.
(Note: medical prototypes from ProtoCAM are not for in-body use.)
ProtoCAM can create orthopedic prototypes of anatomical models and medical models for many uses. Medical models have been used as learning tools for many years. Some examples include models of hearts, bones, and joints. But advances in medical rapid prototype models now allow medical practitioners to use physical models to visualize the medical problem and plan treatment. The key element is taking 2D information, say from an MRI or CT, and using 3D printing to create a 3D medical model. For example, a prototype medical model might be used by a surgeon to plan surgeries more efficiently.
Medical Prototypes and Parts from ProtoCAM – Key Benefits
- Fast turn-around
- Use of USP Class VI -approved materials
- Confidentiality of product development assured
Materials Used in Medical Prototyping
- Silicone rubber
- United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Class VI approved medical grade materials
- Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
- Polycarbonate (PC)
- Acrylonitrile styrene acrylate (ASA)