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Expert Advice for the Medical & Prosthetics Industry



| Prosthetics

3D Printing is aiding the medical industry in many ways, one of the most significant examples is the production of 3D printed prosthetic limbs, particularly for children.


Traditional Prosthetics can be expensive, especially for growing children who need new prosthetics every time they have a growth spurt. 3D printing offers an affordable and stylish alternative, that can be made quicker than the standard prosthetic, and can be incredibly versatile. CAD software allows anatomical data of the patient to be used to create prosthetics that fit the patient perfectly, meaning no more discomfort.


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| Orthopaedics

3d printing offers lot of advantages as it works very well on complex shapes. Every patient is a specific case, no two the same. 3D printing is not just used for prototypes but more often than not final products. The combination of 3D scanning to give accurate and comprehensive images of a patients’ body allows perfect fit to be generated in bespoke 3D printed aids such as corsets, braces and orthopaedic inserts.


Optimisation of the design of an aid takes advantage of all the flexibilities of 3D printing, scanned images can be manipulated before print to improve the effectiveness of an aid in a way that a cast mould cannot be amended. All of this is done quickly and at no extra manufacturing cost; and where more than one part is needed 3D printing gives absolute repeatability.


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| Pharmaceutical Research

Additive Manufacturing has always played a huge role in the healthcare industry, and with a wide range of applications it is continuing to expand our knowledge, improve our lives and provide inspiring innovation.


3D printed medical devices can help researchers better visualise and understand complex health cases. This process can be used to develop patient-specific solutions i.e. “personalised medicine”, and because of its versatility, 3D printing also has medical applications within the regulated drugs and biologics fields.


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| Medical Devices & PPE

The range of materials suitable for 3D printing allows for performance in virtually all of the medical applications that you can think of. Engineering grade materials where strength is key, PETG for contact with the face, flexible materials of various grades to enable parts that flex and bend with the body, and inert materials for use as replacement joints. 3D printing is a real enabler across the sector.


‘Disruptive’ technology not only expedites the process of designing and developing key device parts, but as the current Covid-19 crisis has demonstrated allows for the harnessing of a network of distributed single and small clusters of 3D printers to ramp up ‘mass’ production in a manner that traditional manufacturing processes could not.


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COMBATING
COVID-19
As COVID-19 continues to impact the world, the need for
3D printing solutions to provide supplies to the medical
community increases drastically. Many creative and determined
heroes are turning to 3D printing to support the medical
community at this time to help combat the shortage of
necessary supplies.
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OPEN BIONICS
THE HERO ARM
Open Bionics are a bionics company developing
affordable, assistive devices that enhance the human
body. They have started by introducing the Hero Arm,
a stylish multi-grip bionic hand. Current upper limb
prostheses exist as hooks, grippers, or expensive
bionic hands, but Open Bionics are on a mission to
make beautiful bionic limbs more accessible.
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PERSONALISED MASKS WASP have developed a process that, starting from
the 3D face scan , allows you to create and customise a
personal mask for each operator. Manufacturing times
are drastically reduced with 3D printing, and function and
comfort can be designed with ease.
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HOW ROLLEM IS MANUFACTURING
3D PRINTED FACEMASKS
An early adopter of 3D printing, Rollem runs a suite of MakerBot 3D printers from 5th Gen to the latest members
of the MakerBot Method family of printers. Normally printing bespoke or low volume or custom parts for customised
system modules, recent events have pared Rollems’ normally vibrant working environment back to a skeleton crew
focusing on printing facemask parts for the NHS as part of a manufacturing and distribution network to help meet
PPE demand during this national pandemic.
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3D PRINTED ORTHOPEDICS In 2016 the internet went crazy for a video that showed
the first generations of busts created by Dr. Leoncini with
a Delta WASP 3D Printer, a previously unexpected 3D printing
application. Thanks to perseverance and inventiveness in
recent years the idea of creating solutions for scoliosis with
3D printing has become increasingly concrete and credible.
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| Testimonials


  • We are now printing fully up and running with the WASP 2040 Pro and are very happy with it. It seems perfectly suited to printing covers for our bionic arms. Mainly the taller build volume is giving us more design freedom to fit user's with longer arms, but we're also very pleased with the print quality and speed of prints. It's quickly becoming our preferred way to produce covers over our traditional ‘cartesian’ machines.

    Open Bionics




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