Once considered science fiction, 3D printing is very much a reality in today’s world. The revolutionary technology has been utilized by numerous industries with more applications being discovered almost every day. One of the most prevalent impact areas of 3D printing is in the field of research and development for its ability to quickly create high quality prototypes.
In the medical device industry, 3D printing is used to expedite innovations. Being able to design and create new products in record time allows manufacturers to respond to changing market demands with incredible speed. Ranfac has recently expanded its research and development department by adding a precision 3D printer which has immediately delivered benefits to both internal staff and customers alike. With the implementation of this new 3D printer to the R&D operation, Ranfac has made step change improvements to the design process, time to delivery, and product development costs.
How does the 3D printing design process work?
First, a virtual design is produced. This can either be done with Computer Aided Design (CAD) using a 3D modeling application. A 3D model is then created. Also known as “slicing”, the 3D model is made up of hundreds or even thousands or horizontal layers that form the complete object to be printed.
Finally, the 3D model is sent to the 3D printer to create the product. Layer by layer, the 3D printer applies thin films of material on top of each other to produce a tangible object. Ranfac uses nylon or onyx and can add carbon fiber, Kevlar, or fiberglass filament to create incredibly strong 3D printed products.
Benefits of 3D Printing
With the addition of a 3D printer, Ranfac can print working prototypes on demand, with previously unimaginable turnaround times for sample products during the development phase. By eliminating the need for 3rd party prototyping manufacturers that slow down the process, implementing design improvements in minimal time also promotes increasingly beneficial and collaborative client partnerships. In fact, Ranfac can now go from a concept to a physical prototype in under a week.
Ranfac can also 3D print specialty design trays for optimal product packaging right away.
Beyond the benefits of time improvements and client relations, an in-house 3D printer also brings Ranfac the ability to reduce research and development costs. Removing the obstacles that come with contracting expensive medical device prototyping manufacturers, and putting the power of 3D printing in the hands of their own designers, Ranfac has dramatically reduced their development costs. This is of huge benefit, because these savings are directly passed on to the customers in the form of lower prices.
As an ISO 13485 certified medical device company, Ranfac is a leading medical device innovator for orthobiologics, radiology, hematology, general surgery, and much more!
Learn more about Ranfac, our 3D printing capabilities, and contact our team today.