EOS is teaming with Innovative Medical Device Solutions (IMDS) to provide product development resources for creating metal additive manufacturing (AM) designs for orthopedic and spine surgeons and implant companies.
"Until now, using AM for medical devices was considered a high-technology novelty done on a few implants, but mainly used to make quick metal prototypes," said Dan Justin, CTO for IMDS. "However, recent advances, such as increased materials choices, enhanced manufacturing precision, and faster build speeds, have made medical product developers worldwide more willing to co-invest in developing implants made by laser-sintering systems. This partnership marks the most comprehensive resource alignment between contract medical device development and metal additive manufacturing expertise available to our industry."
IMDS recently added the latest-generation EOSINT M 280 direct metal laser-sintering (DMLS) systems to its product development and manufacturing capabilities across the U.S.
"Our laser-sintering technology has opened up a door for developers who have formerly focused on subtractive processes," said Andrew Snow, regional sales director, EOS of North America. "Instead of being constrained by traditional technology, engineers and medical professionals are now free to explore a world of new designs, perhaps with varied porosity built in, or features nested inside."
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