Of all the many sectors that have benefited from the major advancements in 3d printing technology throughout the last decade, the medical and pharmaceutical industries have perhaps seen the most significant improvements.
The potential medical applications of 3d printing and 3d scanning are expanding at an incredible rate, transforming the way the world approach healthcare. 3D Printing Ireland has many years experience working together with pharmaceutical firms and hospitals throughout Ireland.
We strive to providing our clients with only the highest quality services and products, working hard to stay up to date in a fast changing industry.
MEDICAL DEVICE PROTOTYPING
Fast turnaround times, small production runs, and bio-compatible materials puts your prototypes are on the faster route to market. In the past prototyping was done sparingly. Making iteration after iteration in a singular fashion was costly, laborious and time consuming. The later in the design cycle a change was made, the more costly it will be to implement. Now, thanks to 3d printing, you can quickly develop your designs at minimal cost. Try out different designs or varying iterations of a design at the same time. Swiftly customise your prototype, and get the result in your hand for immediate feedback. Validate and verify your products sooner, and get to market faster.
We can 3D print the precise shape, texture and material properties of your medical devices, to create an exact working prototype of your design. This allows for accurate testing, feedback and optimisation before progress to the final production stage. We 3D print directly from a CAD file and revise as needed.
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Some medical devices can be difficult to produce because of the tiny and intricate nature of their parts. 3D printing can easily create these complex details from 3D CAD models. Our Polyjet printers are perfectly suited to the rapid manufacturing of these end-use medical devices, thanks to its precise 14micron resolution and sterilizable materials. 3D printing is being utilized worldwide more and more to manufacture a wide range of medical devices and tools. You can even print molds for small batch production with elementary injection-molding methods, using the eventually desired material of the end product itself. For a fraction of the cost of machining, it is possible to 3D print smooth, accurate injection molds, tough polycarbonate forming patterns or detailed casting patterns.
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One of the greatest advantages of using 3d printing is the ability to fully customise medical parts specific to each individual patient. Although traditional manufacturing remains cheaper for large scale production, 3D printing is significant faster and more cost effective when it comes to smaller, once-off production runs. Dental, orthodontics and hearing aid manufacturing are just some example of industries that have been transformed by their utilization of 3d printing. As no two set of teeth or ear canals are the same, the previous cost of producing custom parts were enormous. Now they can all be simply 3D printed for much less cost and in less time.
With new breakthroughs and out of the box concepts being revealed every week, the pharmaceutical and medical industries may be completely evolved in a few years thanks to 3d printing.
SURGICAL PREPARATION & PRACTICE
3D printing offers doctors the opportunity to vastly improve their preparation and understanding of a surgical procedure, particularly when compared to the traditional methods of relying solely upon X-ray, MRI or CT scans. The dicom data from these scans can be used to create a 3D CAD model and which is then 3D printed, resulting in a tangible, three dimensional model of a patient’s anatomy. This is extremely beneficial to a physician making a diagnosis, or a surgeon preparing for an operation. Even a small error when performing a procedure on something as delicate and complex as the brain can have devastating consequences. Therefore, having the advantage of being able to accurately map out the safest path for a surgery greatly improves the likelihood of a positive outcome. Another example is the creation of replica organs. This allows for the practicing of surgeries prior to transplants, to help determine the how best to carve the donor organ to minimise tissue loss.
3D printing technology is very quickly changing and improving how medical teams diagnose and plan treatments for their patents.