4 Benefits Of Additive Manufacturing Design In The Orthopaedic Market

Orthopaedic applications are one of the most dynamic segments of healthcare additive manufacturing with almost 20% growth per year, rivaling the rapid market adoption seen in orthopedic robotics.

With over 100 medical devices already FDA-cleared, the global 3D printing medical device market is projected to reach nearly $8 billion by 2029 at a CAGR of 16.1% from 2022 to 2029.

The global medical device market is trending towards additive manufacturing, in part due to the rising demand for personalized medical devices, and the increased need to manufacture complex designs.

Embracing Additive Manufacturing Is Now Essential

As the orthopedic market continues to grow, embracing additive manufacturing is becoming essential for manufacturers looking to stay competitive. The benefits of 3D printing, including speed to market, design freedom, and waste reduction, are desirable for the medical device industry.

Benefit #1 Providing An Efficient Path To Market

One of the primary advantages of additive manufacturing is the ability to expedite the product development cycle. Additive manufacturing’s ability to excel at rapid prototyping eliminates lengthy processes and costs, allowing for a more dynamic and design-driven process.

3D model updates facilitate an iterative design process, reducing the number of steps and lead time required. This significantly minimizes the time and financial resources spent retooling.

Consequently, changes that would previously take weeks or even months to implement can now be accomplished in a matter of days or even hours.

Benefit #2 Unprecedented Freedom of Design

Additive manufacturing releases designers from traditional manufacturing constraints. The process allows for the creation of complex parts that were once considered impossible or too costly to manufacture.

With these barriers removed, designers have more freedom to engineer solutions that best serve the needs of patients.

Additive manufacturing is regarded as the next industrial revolution in manufacturing.

Benefit #3 Reduced Waste

This process reduces scrap, which makes the manufacturing process more sustainable. Rather than beginning with a large block of metal and removing portions of the material through the subtractive manufacturing process, additive manufacturing builds products using only the materials needed.

Benefit #4 Improved Process Efficiency

Another benefit of the additive manufacturing process is that it reduces the steps required, such as plasma spray which is historically applied as a secondary process step. In the application of plasma spray, for example, additive manufacturing allows for the direct printing of a lattice structure, thus reducing waste and streamlining the manufacturing process.

Summary

The benefits of additive manufacturing in the orthopaedic industry are clear. However, successful implementation of additive manufacturing requires careful consideration of quality and design requirements, while also selecting a partner with both printing expertise and an end-to-end supply chain offering.

Paragon Medical is dedicated to helping develop the next generation of healthcare products and has the experience to make a difference. Whether your focus is medical and surgical innovations, orthopedic products, or robotics and drug delivery systems, our team is ready to partner with you.