The ability of metal additive manufacturing to create mesh-like surfaces from CT scanned data has revolutionized traumatic care. PHOTO courtesy Precision ADM.
Four leading companies in the medical device manufacturing industry—EOS, Tecomet, Orthopaedic Innovation Centre (OIC) and Precision ADM— have entered into a collaborative partnership offering an end-to-end solution for medical device additive manufacturing (AM).
Two of the companies—Precision ADM and Orthopaedic Innovation Centre—are based in Canada.
The partnership includes a full range of services including front-end engineering and design services, 510k approval pathways, device and machine validation, pre-clinical testing, and commercialization.
The adoption of AM in the medical device market is rapidly increasing due to the proven patient benefits, and the uncertainty in global supply chains where industrial 3D printing has proven to be more robust. With this new partnership, a complete end-to-end solution is provided to customers starting from product design and process development over large-scale manufacturing all the way to testing, validation and FDA submission. The advantage for medical OEMs is a significant reduction in product development lead-time, and a reduced time to market and overall risk, while leveraging the most recent manufacturing innovations.
Key to this partnership are the strengths and industry knowledge of each organization which delivers a seamless, turnkey solution for medical device AM. Specifically, EOS is the global technology leader in both metal and polymer AM, while Tecomet specializes in the precision manufacturing of medical devices and components. OIC provides accredited medical device testing and contract clinical research services to the orthopedic industry. Precision ADM provides comprehensive engineering and AM contract services to the medical device industry. The cohesive team enables medical device manufacturers to compress their time-to-market, the companies claim in a release.
Precision ADM is a global engineering and manufacturing solutions provider that uses Additive Manufacturing as a core technology, complimented by multi-axis machining to manufacture high value components and devices for the medical, aerospace, energy, and industrial sectors. It is headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Established in Winnipeg, Man., in 2010, the Orthopaedic Innovation Centre consists of a team of surgeons, scientists, engineers, and technologists. OIC services include standardized and custom device testing, material analytics, clinical research, and device failure analyses.
Headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts with over 16 facilities worldwide across 3 continents and 5 countries, Tecomet is involved in the design, development, and manufacture of orthopedic, robotic assisted, and minimally invasive surgical products. Tecomet provides a range of metal and material conversion technologies, for long-term implants and instrument solutions, including forging, casting, precision-machining, and other value-add services.
EOS provides manufacturing solutions via industrial 3D printing technology to manufacturers around the world.