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As the use of additive manufacturing increases, so does the innovation of medical instruments

3D printing has many advantages for surgical instruments, is it in means of design iterations through rapid prototyping, optimization of specific functions, or even surgeon-specific tools becoming a real, fast and cost-effective possibility.

Customization and Personalization

Additive manufacturing allows for the creation of highly customized and personalized surgical instruments. With additive manufacturing, surgical instruments can be tailored to the specific needs of individual surgeries, optimizing their effectiveness and improving overall surgical outcome.

Complex Geometry and Enhanced Functionality

Additive manufacturing enables the production of surgical instruments with highly intricate geometries and enhanced functionality. This opens up new possibilities for designing instruments with features that were previously impractical or impossible to achieve, such as internal channels, consolidated geometries or improved ergonomics.

Rapid Prototyping and Fast Iteration Cycles

With traditional manufacturing methods, designing and producing new instruments can be a time-consuming and costly process. As time is money, additive manufacturing allows for fast and cost-effective production of prototypes, enabling surgeons and medical device manufacturers to evaluate and refine designs more efficiently.

The Swiss m4m Center supports MedTech companies in:

  • developing surgical instruments that exploit the advantages of additive manufacturing in terms of design
  • and building up the manufacturing process to make new innovative ideas a valuable business case

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