28 Nov '15, 11am

Accelerating #Medical Device Innovation Using #AdditiveManufacturing https://t.co/74NCNef76d

Accelerating #Medical Device Innovation Using #AdditiveManufacturing https://t.co/74NCNef76d

Complexity : In some cases, the ability to design and make complex structures and components produces devices that have superior performance. Some medical device designs that aim to enhance performance cannot be fabricated by machining or other conventional techniques but can be produced using AM. Where functional performance can create value (in patient lifestyle, surgical success, etc.), AM should be seriously considered. Customization : The ability to use fully customized implants can mean the difference between a device that does or does not work. For hearing aids, the use of AM has allowed companies to shrink and personalize the device and make it nearly invisible. For hip joint implants, the ability to use AM means a perfect fit thanks to printing the exact geometry and the most compatible material. Modularization : Some medical devices have integrated electronics an...

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