Case Study 1: Medical Devices Sector

A VISION FOR BETTER 3D PROTOTYPING

ATC are award-winning engineering, process and lean solutions specialists. We provide supply chain and engineering services to industry. Our solutions include spare parts inventory, lean manufacturing solutions supply and design for industry 4.0, additive manufacturing including prototyping, reverse engineering, bespoke stainless fabrication and mechanical services and repairs.

Our 3D / additive manufacturing facilities allow us to  produce rapid prototypes, jigs and fixtures and functioning end use parts for our customers.

We have the ability to reverse engineer components and offer customers various additive manufacturing solutions using suitable materials to meet customers’ specific requirements.

Our audience:

In this particular case study, we showcase how additive manufacturing  can add value in the Medical Devices sector allowing for improved production times and smoother workflow saving time and money for the company in question.

 

 

 

Challenges Encountered

Cost effective methods of 3d prototyping saving time and money

One of our customers, a MedTech firm, that currently employs approximately 2,000 employees across Ireland, manufactures a wide and diverse range of products . As a result of the sometimes complex and organic-shaped materials they can be difficult to manufacture and can require post processing. In addition some of these components go on to be manufactured in expensive raw materials thus making design iterations extremely costly.

 

ATC solution

This company had previously obtained prototypes of their  components from the US. These prototypes were manufactured using fused deposition modelling which is seen as the lowest resolution of 3D printing. As a result, these parts required post processing to be measured and tested in their existing jigs. ATC were able to work with this company’s R&D engineers to print high resolution prototypes of their medical components using stereolithography (SLA) printers.  ATC were able to provide them with several parts with six variations in designs in less than a week. Not only did this save the customer in time post processing prototypes but also enabled the company to speed up the process between R&D and full production and reduced bottle necks in design iterations allowing the company to fast track the potential revenue generated from their medical devices.

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