The world's leading medical device development companies turn to Protolabs to unlock the benefits of the digital manufacturing model. Digital manufacturing accelerates development and market introduction through rapid prototyping, bridge tooling, and low-volume production.
Why Do Medical Device Development Companies Use Protolabs?
Interactive Design Analysis
Make critical design adjustments that save development time and cost with design for manufacturability (DFM) feedback on every quote.
Get low-volume production parts in as fast as 1 day to streamline your supply chain once before and after products are launched to market.
Bridge Tooling Before Production
Leverage affordable bridge tooling for design and market validation before capital investment in tools.
Multiple manufacturing technologies across four services mean your parts are paired with the right equipment and processes regarding your project needs.
Choose from high-temperature plastics, medical-grade silicone rubber, and 3D-printed micro-resolution and microfluidic parts, among hundreds of other plastic, metal, and elastomeric materials.
Create prototypes in production-grade materials for functional and regulatory testing, or 3D print models and organ scans to preview before medical procedures.
Production like Parts
Prototype Injection Moulding creates parts which allow form and function tests with the same material planned for production parts.
Parker Hannifin Brings Robotic Exoskeleton to Life with Digital Manufacturing at Protolabs
Engineers at motion and control tech leader, Parker Hannifin, needed to accelerate development speed and reduce design risk of their robotic exoskeleton. A combination of digital manufacturing technologies and automated quoting enabled a highly iterative design process without sacrificing time to market.
|READ PARKER HANNIFIN SUCCESS STORY|
What Materials Work Best for Medical Applications?
High-temp Plastics. PEEK and PEI (Ultem) offer high-temperature resistance, creep resistance, and are suited for applications that require sterilization.
LSR. High temperature resistance and chemical stability fit for applications that require sterilization and flexibility.
3D-printed ABS. MicroFine Green™ is a proprietary material developed by Protolabs to build complex 3D-printed parts with micro-sized features as small as 0.07mm.
The material properties make it a great solution for form and fit testing during prototyping phase and design iteration.
Microfluidics. Watershed (ABS-like) is a clear material, which can be used to prototype microfluidic parts and transparent components like lenses and housings.
Medical Alloys. Between machined and 3D-printed metals, there are more than 20 metal material options available for medical components, instrumentation, and other applications. Metals like titanium and Inconel have attributes like temperature resistance while various stainless steel materials brings corrosion resistance and strength.
Protolabs Europe holds ISO 13485 certification for 3D printing DMLS, meaning we can support with medical implants.
|COMMON MEDICAL APPLICATIONS|
We have several capabilities within our services and processes catered to the medical industry. A few of common applications include:
Medical Case Studies
“Time was of the essence for this work. Patients need to receive their implant as quickly as possible. After we received the final information about dimensions, we started work on the construction and manufacture of the implant with Protolabs.”