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Design to Manufacture in Life Sciences & Healthcare

Companies in the Life Sciences and Medical space are utilizing additive manufacturing to create safe and reliable products that dramatically improve people’s lives — helping them to regain function and live longer with a higher quality of life.

Behind the scenes, the software, services, and hardware utilized by these companies support initiatives to improve life for all of humanity – that level of better engineering starts here.

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Ensure Optimal Performance and Maximum Patient Safety

Access custom software and services solutions for advanced simulation so you can test your designs under various conditions and scenarios, including structural, fluid flow and electromagnetic analysis.

Easily Ensure Regulatory Compliance

Leverage advanced hardware, software and services to master regulatory compliance with lot-level traceability on 3D printed materials as well as automated documentation to meet regulatory specifications and bill of materials (BOM) requirements.

Accelerate Product Development with a Data-Driven & Interconnected Ecosystem

Speed up product development with a data-driven, model-based ecosystem. Unlock new insights, like printing biocompatible materials for unique patient scenarios.

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Manufacturing Solutions for Life Sciences & Healthcare

At Hawk Ridge Systems, we offer more than unparalleled services, training and powerful solutions. We provide our customers with two manufacturing options for their needs: 1) purchasing the best tools for an in-house manufacturing team or 2) working with our experienced manufacturing partner, A3D Manufacturing, to outsource production needs.

A3D Manufacturing is a great option for organizations without in-house manufacturing teams. It is ISO 9001 certified and offers various additive manufacturing techniques, rapid prototyping options, CNC machining, injection molding, cast urethane and post-processing services.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do medical and healthcare organizations use 3D printing?

Early adopters of 3D printing or additive manufacturing technologies include the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.

Pharma and medicine use additive manufacturing to create products at scale, including anatomical models, surgical guides, prosthetics and implants, and even personalized drugs. They benefit from lighter, easier-to-produce parts at a fraction of the cost while ushering in huge patient advantages — the same features that additive manufacturing brings to other industries, such as automotive and aerospace.

Some of the most important use-cases for medical 3D printing include rapid prototyping, point-of-care solutions, serialization for regulatory compliance and ensuring no disruptions in production will occur like supply chain constraints or issues.

Why use 3D printing for medical devices printing over traditional manufacturing?

3D-printed medical devices allow for customization, complex geometry, rapid prototyping, reduced waste and innovative design flexibility.

Manually constructed medical devices using traditional manufacturing include issues like limited customization (bad fit and lower performance), complexity restrictions (no capability for complex geometries, which hinders innovation), and labor-intensive processes which result in higher costs and longer production times.

What is the best 3D printer or scanner for life sciences and healthcare companies?

Life sciences and healthcare companies use 3D printers such as the HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printers (particularly the 5420W for white parts), the Formlabs Fuse 1 selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printer and Artec 3D Scanners.

What types of companies use 3D printing in the life sciences industry?

Many companies use additive manufacturing to scale up their medical device production process.

Stryker Corporation and Johnson & Johnson, for example, use 3D printing for implants and surgical and patient-specific instruments.

What are the benefits or ROI of using 3D printing for healthcare?
Additive manufacturing can help avoid unwanted recalls by using specialized software to identify issues before they reach the market. Medical professionals who go in-house with 3D printing and 3D point-of-care solutions save, on average, over a hundred dollars per bridge in lab fees alone. Recalls in the medical device industry, when accompanied by a lawsuit, can cost up to two billion dollars.
What are some value drivers of additive manufacturing for life sciences?

Life sciences companies create anatomical models to improve operating procedures, surgical training and much more, resulting in better patient outcomes and reduced OR (operating room) time.

In addition, using additive manufacturing for medical devices like orthotics and prosthetics means customization to fit patients’ specific needs, ways for patients to avoid post-operative bone-graft surgeries, see less interoperative bleeding and, in general, have better patient outcomes.

Another value driver for additive in healthcare is the advent of personalized drugs with unique dosing requirements for specific patient needs.

What types of software do medical companies use?

SOLIDWORKS is the go-to solution used by medical and healthcare companies for mechanical design and simulating how their products will work in the real-world with analysis solutions that help to ensure product safety and optimal performance. They use software like SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation to optimize fluid delivery (for example, catheters) or improve the thermal performance of medical device products. Finite element analysis solutions, such as SIMULIA Abaqus, are used to validate the performance and safety of medical devices made of hyper elastic materials (for example, stents.)

These tools help reduce design time, errors and communication delays and help create more competitive medical products.

Companies in this industry often implement these tools alongside data management systems like SOLIDWORKS PDM and the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform to set them up for success with compliance and FDA audits.

What’s the ROI of FEA and flow simulation software for life sciences?

Using finite element analysis (FEA) and flow simulation software can reduce prototype costs, reduce material waste, optimize and validate the design and shorten the time to get a product on the shelves.

The most important ROI for this type of software is reducing the likelihood of a product recall, which could cost a company billions of dollars if a lawsuit is involved.

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