Creating new solutions to improve quality of life impossible with existing technology
Every patient is unique. Additive Manufacturing creates new possibilities for patient-specific medical devices such as implants, instruments and surgical guides and models.
The technology offers precise customization allowing a greater impact on patient health than ever before. The overriding challenge for the medical market is to create complex part geometries in a process approved by the relevant regulatory authorities.
The challenge of manufacturing complex geometry
The medical industry has been restricted by the limitations of machined devices and implants. Complex shapes are prohibitively expensive or impossible to create using conventional techniques, especially on a patient customized basis. AM can produce complex shapes cost effectively.
The challenge of regulatory acceptance
There are a limited number of additive manufacturing facilities with regulatory compliance. The technology has required validations for regulatory approval, and with this will come approval from the FDA and other regulators for full scale manufacturing. Oerlikon AM is helping to drive complex geometries into the healthcare space for both implants and devices, beginning with valid M&P data sets.