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Developing a 3D Toolkit for Medtech Innovation

To the general person who is not entrenched in the world of engineering, the rise of 3D printing began with lofty aspirations pointing to all the potential uses of the technology for the average consumer, from printing custom sneakers to musical instruments. But household 3D-printing technology didn’t disrupt supply chains like experts predicted. Instead, 3D printing has been infiltrating our lives behind the scenes via the world of product development, pushing new boundaries with innovation across industries like automotive, electronics and healthcare.

The Role of 3D Micro Printing in Device Development

As 3D printing gains a more prominent place in the manufacture and protoyping of medical devices, advances in technology and materials are expanding indications. We spoke with John Kawola, CEO of Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF), about the move toward micro 3D printing and how this technology supporting the drive for miniaturization and minimally invasive medical treatments.

Carbon Structures for Tissue Engineering – Engineering Science Research

As a postdoc at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, Monsur Islam wanted to 3D print carbon structures to create customizable scaffolds for tissue engineering. This requires glassy carbon material, which is created by 3D printing a precursor and then carbonizing it. For this, Dr. Islam required a high-resolution 3D printer with the required length scale and the appropriate precursor materials for carbonization.

A Kit for Better Care

A lack of available materials. Arduous product development cycles. And a long route to market.

This is the diagnosis of 3D printing's application in healthcare after an extensive examination by the University of Nottingham's Centre for Additive Manufacturing (CfAM).

Enabling Miniaturization with Micro Precision 3D Printing

What is micro-precision 3D printing, and how is it different from other 3D printing processes?
Micro-precision 3D printing is a technique used to create 3D parts with extremely high resolution, accuracy and precision, typically with features that are smaller than 100µm.