Advanced Additive Manufacturing
Additive manufacturing/3D printing is an innovative suite of advanced technologies that enables the fabrication of medical components and products with remarkably complex and high-resolution features which often cannot be achieved with the constraints of conventional manufacturing methods.
Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is the future of scalable, cost-effective manufacturing of medical components and devices. AM allows engineers and designers to create unique shapes, profiles, and characteristics from highly engineered materials, including a wide range of thermoplastic resins. Compared to traditional subtractive machining methods, AM is more efficient and can deliver functional prototypes into the hands of medical engineering teams within a matter of days, instead of weeks. Perhaps the greatest advantage of AM is that it gives engineers more design freedom to create innovative, highly functional products that cannot be manufactured with conventional methods.
Additive manufacturing is a rapidly advancing field as new technologies, equipment, and specialized materials continue to enter the market. Spectrum’s industry-leading AM capabilities enable more creative design, innovative rapid prototyping, and seamless transition to high-volume manufacturing.
Benefits of Spectrum’s additive manufacturing capabilities and services include:
Spectrum’s advanced additive manufacturing technologies create components for medical devices, including:
Spectrum has developed proprietary additive manufacturing technologies for manufacturing high-precision, medical-grade tubing (single and multilumen tubing) that is not extrusion-based.
3d Printing Filament
Spectrum also formulates and manufactures its own 3D printing filaments for various materials and sizes in-house, assuring the highest quality, control, and availability.
Spectrum uses additive manufacturing technologies to process all medical-grade thermoplastic materials. These include Nylon, Pebax®, polypropylene, polycarbonate, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polylactic acid (PLA), PEEK, polyetherketone (PEK), high impact polystyrene (HIPS), Urethanes, and custom materials.
Product design and performance parameters include:
Quick-turn prototyping is essential in medical device manufacturing today. Time to market is a top priority for medical device manufacturers—delivering functional prototypes into the hands of all stakeholders as soon as possible allows for more-informed decision-making and shorter time to market.
Lead times can be as short as:
Bringing a medical device to market can take years and requires deep expertise in identifying product requirements and the best product design to meet clinical needs. Spectrum’s additive manufacturing capabilities allow medical-device designers to select from a wide range of medical-grade plastics with specifically engineered material characteristics and design components, including, multi-material and multi-dimensional builds.
For more information on AM, or to discuss if AM is a good choice for your next project, please contact us to speak directly with our technical experts.