Overview

Medical applications for 3D printing has been rapidly expanding over the last number of years and it is widely accepted that medical uses of 3d printing have revolutionised the healthcare industry.

Leading medical device companies have been coming to LPE for over 30 years to help them with their development of innovative medical devices. Our ISO 13485 quality standard for the production of medical appliances highlights our commitment to our customers in the medical and healthcare industry.

We offer a complete range of rapid prototyping technologies and medically approved materials to ensure that we can meet all requirements of our medical device customers. Over the years, LPE has helped our customers in the medical industry with a wide range of applications, allowing them to access the benefits that additive manufacturing technologies can bring to their product development cycle from early stage concept models, to rapid prototyping right through to low volume production.

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Why do medical companies use rapid prototyping for their applications?

  • Flexibility in the creation of complex designs that are not possible using other techniques
  • Eliminates part assembly by producing the required product or component in a single piece rather than several parts
  • Reduces lead-time and time to market: Medical device prototyping speeds up the manufacturing process, making it ideal for mass customisation
  • Cost-Effectiveness: Rapid prototyping allows for lower labour and material costs as well as lowered supply chain and production costs
  • Reduction in material waste and energy: There is a significant reduction in waste materials as additive manufacturing adds material layer by layer as required, in turn reducing manufacturing and assembly to one or two steps

Applications

  • Anatomical models for training and surgical planning
  • Non implant medical devices that require biocompatibility, sterilisation and/or thermal resistance
  • Medical field trials
  • Surgical instruments (handles and grips), drill guides, tools and splints
  • Drug contact devices such as inhalers and syringes
  • Highly detailed precision mould tools
  • Visualisation and fluid flow models
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Why choose LPE for your medical device development requirements?

  • ISO 13485 certified – we are committed to the highest quality standards
  • Wide range of medical grade materials, some of which offer biocompatibility
  • LPE can offer CoCs, first article inspection reports and material traceability if requested
  • Cost effective option for low volume production parts – designs can be tested before investment in tools.
  • Speed of turnaround – large machine capacity ensures we can meet tight lead times allowing our customers to get products to market quickly
  • Experienced team of modelmakers- complex finishing and assembly can be completed in- house which allows us to deliver finished parts to our customers in a usable state.
  • Experience of working with medical designers for over 30 years – we can support you in designing for rapid prototyping.

Contact us now for a fast, competitive quotation on your latest project.