A lot happened in June; from the progression of joint cooperation between India and Japan for the development of an international regulatory ecosystem to a wide range of updates in the 3D printing world. Here’s a quick recap of some of the top stories in the 3D printing and MedTech Industry.
There is a newly developed slime substance that could possibly be the key to 3D printing delicate objects. Scientists discovered that using this goo for fragile 3D printed structures could keep them from warping or sagging while the ink hardens. Though it is still in its proof-of-concept stages, this could mean a lot in the medtech world because it could improve the manufacturing of things like personalized medical implants. Ultimately this slime could bring a solution to the problem of how to keep a 3D structure from collapsing or bending before it fully hardens.
3D printing has proven to yield benefits for consumers, businesses and the economy but it has also created a great deal of disruption for manufacturers themselves. Manufacturers have found themselves being cut out of the equation as 3D printers enable the process of making things to move closer to the end user. Unfortunately, in many cases, this takes manufacturing of certain objects out of actual manufacturing facilities altogether. Questions like “Do all 3D printers really offer the same level of quality as a manufacturer?” then arise.
India and Japan will intensify their joint cooperation for the development of an international standard medical device regulatory ecosystem in India. This partnership is believed to also facilitate and expedite the building up of a world class medical device industry in India. The cooperation is a step towards making Indian devices globally competitive while also strengthening domestic capacity to take on international competition. The cooperation between India and Japan in the medical device industry will also help capacity building on export front and increased capacity to take on imports.
Researchers at the University of Florida have developed a new microgel 3D printing method that could improve medical devices like implantable bands, balloons, soft catheters, slings, and meshes. The process uses 3D printed soft silicone to create devices that are stronger, cheaper, more flexible, and more comfortable than other devices on the market. The process can also lead to faster implantation of medical devices.
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