Industry Voices: Is Micro-3D Printing the Future for Tiny Parts?

Across industries from life sciences to electronics, ultra-high resolution and precision parts are often required for innovation – especially when that innovation is driven by miniaturization. As products and technology get smaller, so do the intricacies of the parts that are the sum of the whole. Many engineers and product designers are turning to 3D printing to manufacture these highly precise, small-scale parts. Additive manufacturing is lately proving to be an efficient option when compared to traditional molding.

Boston Micro Fabrication Launches BMF Biotechnology Inc. to Advance Use of 3D BioChips in Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Research

To better support the use of highly precise, microfluidic solutions in advanced drug development, pharmaceutical and cosmetic research, Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF) proudly introduces BMF Biotechnology Inc. Headquartered in San Diego, California, BMF Biotechnology Inc. is dedicated to developing and commercializing innovative BioChips (organ-on-a-chip platforms) through cultivating large-scale tissues in vitro, helping accelerate new drug and cosmetic development.

IMcoMET Fights Skin Cancer With Micro 3D Printing

Rotterdam-based startup IMcoMET works in the medical sector, specializing in the development of solutions to fight cancer, particularly skin cancer. To do this, the company extracts interstitial fluid, filled with biomarkers, from the skin in a localized manner, to study it and improve dermatological diagnosis. The aim is to advance biomedical research and provide personalized solutions. Furthermore, to achieve this goal, the start-up relies on 3D printing, and more specifically on microprinting solutions from American manufacturer Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF). Thanks to BMF’s 3D printers, IMcoMET is able to develop microneedle technology, enabling it to extract this famous liquid in a precise, localized manner.

Precision at the Microscale: UK Researchers Advance Medical Devices with BMF’s 3D Printing Tech

University of Nottingham researchers are using Boston Micro Fabrication‘s (BMF) 3D printing technology to develop medical devices that improve compatibility with human tissue. Funded by a UK grant, this project specifically targets the design of implants that can integrate more effectively into the body, aiming to reduce complications such as infections and adverse immune reactions. The partnership leverages BMF’s capability to print with micro-precision, which is essential for creating the complex and often very small structures these new devices require.

Tiny Technologies for High-impact Medical Applications

BMF has enabled the production of RNDR Medical’s single-use endoscope, with a distal tip housing all components within a 3.3 mm diameter liquid-tight profile. The scope was designed for the direct visualization and navigation of disorders within the urinary tract.

3DPOD Episode 186: Micro DLP 3D Printing with John Kawola, CEO of BMF3D

John Kawola was one of the initial employees at Zcorp, a pioneering 3D printing company known for manufacturing color parts that was eventually acquired by 3D Systems. Subsequently, Kawola rejoined the 3D printing sector to lead Ultimaker’s invasion into the US market. Not stopping there, he later assumed leadership at BMF, a company specializing in the production of micro-sized parts using digital light processing technology. BMF is carving out a niche for itself while also commercializing applications that utilize its innovative technology—a strategy that, in our opinion, should be more widely adopted.

Boston Micro Fabrication Achieves 30% YoY Growth for Applications Across Medtech, Electronics and Life Sciences Industries

Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF), a leader in advanced manufacturing solutions for ultra-high precision applications, recently closed a landmark year where the company experienced 30% sales growth. BMF also secured its Series D funding, launched in new markets and expanded its San Diego Research Institute (SDRI), growing to 200+ team members globally and serving more than 1,800 companies worldwide.

Micro 3D Printing as an Innovation Accelerator for the Electronics Industry

Take a look at the cellphone over the years – camera lenses have gotten smaller, features have exploded, but the size of the devices has stayed relatively the same. This is only possible by making the parts that enable this technology smaller, and this move for miniaturization has become a trend across industries. From the cell phones in our pockets to surgical devices used for minimally invasive procedures, engineers and scientists are designing products that are smaller and smaller. And with the final products shrinking, it means that the inner workings of the device, plus the pieces that hold everything together, must be made in micro dimensions too.