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Stratasys, Worrell Collaborating to Speed Medical Device Development with 3D Printed Molds
Worrell is using 3D printed injection molds to efficiently produce medical device prototypes in the final material—in this case, polycarbonate.
Photo courtesy of Stratasys Ltd.
MINNEAPOLIS and REHOVOT, Israel— Medical device manufacturers traditionally face two main obstacles in getting medical devices to market: tooling costs and the FDA regulatory process. Traditional tooling is both costly and time-consuming, as new molds must be created every time a prototype is refined before manufacturing. To leapfrog these restraints, 3D printing giant Stratasys (www.stratasys.com) began collaborating last fall with the design and development company, Worrell, to accelerate medical device development through the use of 3D printed injection molding, which Worrell refers to as “3D IM.” And since beginning to use Stratasys 3D printing technology to make injection mold tools for medical devices, Worrell is reportedly producing injection molded prototypes using final production materials in 95 percent less time and at 70percent lower cost compared with traditional aluminum molds.
In a bid to promote the significant cost savings of 3D printed injection molds for medical device manufacturers, as well as the huge reductions in product development cycles, Stratasys and Worrell (www.worrell.com) will jointly attend international tradeshows and host a series of workshops to educate the medical industry on the innovative process and its radical impact on manufacturing.
“We have recognized a significant under-utilization of the 3D printed injection molding process in medical device development and we're working with Worrell to help fill this gap,” said Nadav Sella, senior manager of manufacturing tools at Stratasys, in a release. “Worrell is a leading design firm with the expertise and infrastructure necessary to integrate injection molding and 3D printing within the product development cycle. In an industry where products have the potential to save lives, we want to use this collaboration to demonstrate how medical device manufacturers can bring their products to market significantly faster than ever before.”
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