The mass use of AM with emergency authorizations is almost as unprecedented as the pandemic itself. Worldwide supply chain disruptions required everyone to identify local solutions to manufacture emergency medical supplies and equipment. AM came out on top as an on-demand, production-capable, locally sourced solution.
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Desktop Metal said it has acquired Aidro, described by Desktop Metal as a pioneer in the volume production of next-generation hydraulic and fluid power systems through metal additive manufacturing.
Production scale of high-value materials such as tungsten and rhenium enables advanced application capabilities in aerospace, defense, and medical industries.
Long before the pandemic, additive manufacturing was recognized for its ability to enable the creation of personalized surgical plans and tools, thus helping improve patient outcomes.
Three trends show a path to a more mature use of 3D printing: production in hospitals and clinics, technology developments and reimbursement.
3D Systems said Dr. Brent Stucker is joining the company to serve in the newly created role of Chief Scientist. Dr. Stucker was previously employed by Ansys Inc,
For users of additive manufacturing, a challenge is to verify 3D printed components where absolute reliability is required—for example in the medical field. This is especially true in orthopedics, where devices are placed in a human body.
The future vision for POC medical manufacturing includes printing patient-matched implants where no existing devices are available.
The U.S. Navy has issued Stratasys a $20 million contract to purchase up to 25 Stratasys F900 3D printers over the next five years, with delivery of the first eight expected before the end of 2021.
3D Systems today announced two additions to its industry-leading materials portfolio.